Well we hit the Mesetas today and started to look upon the Camino in a different sort of way. We realize now we have some serious walking yet to do so it seems like the whole pack picked up the pace and upped the miles. On top of that it started to rain and we got a good stretch of walking down a muddy, muddy road. We had been going most of the day with just two short breaks when my friend, Natalie, a very prim and proper South African lady said “we are hardcore”. This was to be her first 30km day ever and so that became the mantra for the day.
The Meseta is a unique part of the Camino that some people skip because of its somewhat bleak nature. I think it has its own type of beauty. It is essentially a series of very flat plateaus that are several miles long. So we climbed up to a very flat area and traverse it and then drop down into a town. Then we do it all over again. The top flat areas are desolate and we didn’t see a car all day. As one of the guys said “we aren’t hitching a ride up here”.
I am combining a few days of pictures into this post because Internet is scarce out here and it is slow when I get it.