Day 18 – Hontanas to Itero de la Vega

Full 12.5 mile including a meseta climb which featured 1050 meters with 12% grade. The first place we came to was the ruins of the hospital San Antón (PRS-45). Lots of carvings around the doorway although they are in pretty rough shape.

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The next town is Castrojeriz (PRS-46). We had lunch at a bar next to Ex-colegiata de Santa María del Manzano. It being Monday nothing was open to look around, but here are two of the entrances.

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20130422-182136.jpgHigh on the hill above Castrojeriz is a castle which has history back to Julius Caesar or Pompey and later Visigoths, Moors and Christians.

20130422-182711.jpgOn the way out if town, we passed the Iglesia de Santiago de Los Cabelleros and were reminded of our own mortality.

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After leaving Castrojeriz we were confronted with the big hill. 12% grade on the way up and 18% on way down. Spectacular views from up here though.

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20130422-183434.jpgOne thing I have noticed is that Don Quijote would have plenty of opponents here…Every hill has a large number of wind turbines. After getting down from the meseta, we managed to get to Itero del Camino having left the province of Burgos and entered Palencia.

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