At about 10:30am we stopped for a quick bite in Atapuerca so we could get stamps for our credencial from the town that is famous for its UNESCO world heritage archaeological site -- some of the earliest human beings in Europe dwelled in the caves in this region. With only about 20km until Burgos we called Miguel to let him know we'd be arriving an hour and a half maximum -- the locals told us it was all downhill to Burgos.
Just after Atapuerca we encountered a steep and very rocky hill (I thought it was all downhill to Burgos?!?!) which I had to walk a good portion of, not due to the gradient so much as the big rocks that I just didn't know how to climb. At the top was a big cross where passing pilgrims place stones. I placed my stone - Alberto thought it was too cheesy - and we continued on our way.
After that it really was all downhill to Burgos. The approach into Burgos was really nasty with lots of traffic, but we joined forces with another cyclist who we had been passing on and off since Roncesvalles. As we cycled along towards the center we spotted our two French friends from the hostel in St Paul les Dax! It was funny to run into them. Even though we couldn't communicate much, it felt like seeing old friends.
|At the side of the cathedral with Miguel and Pablo|
|On the Camino out of Burgos|
The hostel was in the ruins of a big cathedral or monastery or something -- the rooms had been built into one section of the ruins and it was just a simple room with bunk beds, the kitchen in another room, and the bathroom in another. Again, we were surprised that it wasn't full of pilgrims, but the hospitalero, Juan Manuel, told us that due to the lack of electricity and hot water, it only fills up on the very hottest summer days. We were thrilled to be there, anyway.
|Entrance to the hostel at San Anton|
|The bedroom is on the left (where the bikes are) and the dining room on the right.|
After dinner we went for a short walk on the road behind the ruins as Miguel wasn't quite ready for bed, this being his first day. We headed to bed just as the last light was fading from the sky.
|Ruins of San Anton from afar|
Moving average: 14.1kph
Overall average: 9.8kph
Stopped time: 2h34m
(we forgot to write the rest down!)