Madrid Camino Day 7- Añe to Nava de la Asuncion

May 13, 2017

After a night of thunderstorms and no food I needed to get going. I’d gone out last evening during a break in the rain (but during ongoing and continuous lightning flashes) looking for supplies and was told by a one-eyed woman with a lame dog that there was neither a bar nor a store. “No bar,” she said, her black, hollow eye socket looking terribly scary in the flashes of lightning. “No Tienda!” And she laughed and hobbled away, her three legged dog trailing behind. I scurried back to the albergue and filled up with cold water. Early morning, Añe was quiet and I was up before the sun.

An unforgettable morning walk out of Ane

I walked 11kms to get breakfast through astounding countryside with just the birds and the rabbits and a fox for company and the rhythmic crunching of my boots on gravel. That is certainly one of the positive aspects of the Madrid Camino – virtually no paved road walking and wonderful solitude for uninterrupted contemplation.

200 kms to Sahagun

I took a break in Santa Maria la Real de Nieva and grabbed food supplies from a small corner grocery. Sat for a picnic in the Plaza. It started to rain. I carried on through more of the seemingly endless pine resin forests for another 12 kms to Nava de la Asuncion.

Mysterious and wonderful pine forests – the ‘Sea of Pines’

A helpful fellow named Ruben heard me asking directions to the albergue and took on my case. He called a friend of his who put him in touch with the woman who is in charge of the key. She was busy and said it would be an hour. Reuben took me to a nice restaurant, offered to buy me lunch but I opted for water, and we chatted in broken Spanish and English. Ruben is a renovation specialist working on the Escorial Palace near Segovia. I was caught up in his enthusiasm for his work and his home town. Lovely man.

Once again, I had the albergue to myself. The beds were soft and I was a tad concerned about my back after the 23 kms walk but my feet and legs are fine, though naturally a bit tired. I may take the short walk to Coca tomorrow as a ‘rest day’ – only 10 kms – and book into the little hotel there as the next day will be a longer one. Still contemplating…