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Day 12: Hiking My Camino de Santiago

Updated: Jan 15, 2023

July 31, 2018


Today is Day 12 on the Camino de Santiago and I walked 17.88 miles from San Juan de Ortega to Burgos. I have included a photo of the Cathedral in Burgos. Isn’t it beautiful!

I started today’s walk at 6:30 with Philipp from Austria. We walked approximately five miles before we stopped for breakfast and waited for Julia from Germany, Astrid from Austria, Basil from London, and Bruno from Italy. We then walked to Burgos for the remainder of the journey.


On the walk with Philipp we got to see a man and his sheepdog move a herd of sheep on an open road. It was actually fun to watch. While we didn’t herd sheep on the farm in Nebraska when I was a kid, it reminded me of my favorite dog on the farm. It was an Australian Shepherd.


We also had some interesting conversations about relationships.


Tomorrow begins the first day of walking in the Meseta region of Spain. Everyone who mentions it seems to have a sense of dread. I am actually anxious to see what it holds for me.


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See additional photos from July 31st below:

Brief descriptions of the photos:

  1. This is a vew of the trail leading to the village of Agés.

  2. This is a vew of the trail leading to the village of Agés.

  3. This is a view of a church in the village of Atapuerca.

  4. This is a view of a sunflower field along the trail outside the village of Atapuerca.

  5. This is a view of a herd of sheep being moved by one man and his dog to a nearby pasture.

  6. Here is a view of the sheep later in their pasture as well as the hills in the background.

  7. Here is a view of the landscape from the trail.

  8. Here is a view of one of many crosses you see along the Camino throughout Spain.

  9. Here is a marker along the trail pointing pilgrims in the direction of Santiago.

  10. Here are pilgrims on the Camino walking toward Santiago. Directly in front of me is Julia.

  11. Here is the cathedral in Burgos.

  12. Here is a statue of a pilgrim in the plaza outside of the cathedral in Burgos.

  13. Here is the cathedral in Burgos.

  14. Here is the cathedral in Burgos.

  15. Here is the cathedral in Burgos.

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