This is the stage where we have the chance to make it door-to-door, riding our bikes from hotel to hotel, a mere 90+ kilometers. About 57ish miles. The Camino sprawls into a beautiful wide gravel road. Gently rising and gently descenting. We are cruising. The stage turns out to be our fastest yet. Seven hours and 30 minutes of riding result in an astonishing 90+ km stage. We are happy with our 60 mile ride. Riding the Camino is a relentless beating on your body. Cobble stones in a city might feel rough, but the constant rattle the Camino provides soon takes a toll on triceps, sholders, neck, and back. It’s becoming painful in other places too… you know where…
The Spanish summer and its relentless heat finally gets us. Endless fields of grain and corn, some vineyards here and there. Little or no shade. The elevation gains and descends, one after another, feel like the Camino is inflicting psychological warfare on us. The phrase “rolling hills” is becoming a way of expressing “more torture” for the the gruop. Stage one still had “climbs” and major “obstacles, stage two hills, less pronounced, now we learn the annoying reality that gentle hills don’t feel gentle at all, but grinding on body and soul.
About 45 miles into the ride we come across a 17th century water canal, these days being the irrigation system for thousands of acres around. It’s banks lined with trees, this canal provides for a welcome cool. At the end of it’s locks, where once cargo vessels where lifted into the Spanish country, the town of Fromista is located. The sleepy town and it’s amazing center boasts one of the most amazing Romanesque churches on the Camino.
Another 10 plus miles and we will be at the hotel. We are cruising on a flat part of the Camino, along the main road. Not the best choice, but fast. Somewhere in far distance is a parrallel section of the camino taking the scenic route, but without shade and water. We are starting to draft in small groups. It’s fun to preserve as much as possible energy and hear our tires sing. We are rolling into Carrion de los Condes: we have arrived! The Monestary San Zoilos is our destination hotel. Big day! Yay!!