Day 12- Villamayor de Monjardin to Los Arcos

Walked- Today: 7.8mi/Camino 2022: 74mi

We left Villamayor de Monjardin at 6:45 with the stars still out and the temperature, a delightfully refreshing 52F. The nearly 8 miles walk to Los Arcos is without any services, ie., no water, no food and no rest areas.

There were a few hills that broke the monotony of the mostly flat, dirt road that carved its way among an occasional green patch of grapevines, olive trees or asparagus plants.

At one point, about 5 miles into the walk, as we were dragging up one of the steeper hills we observed a small rock in the middle of the path … which urged us onward.

Inspirational pilgrim “rock graffiti”

We walked past a “hay stack“, which is typical of the area, but still awesome, every time we see one.

Huge stacks of huge bales of hay

The challenge of today’s walk was to not get discouraged by the seemingly endless distances ahead of us most of the way.

Never ending path through the hay fields
At this point we pondered, as in Caminos past, the idea of walking the diagonal (hypotenuse) across the hay field rather than follow the two legs of the road… but opted again to stick to the road.
Walking into Arcos

We got to Los Arcos about 10:30 and found an empty table in the village square and rested our bodies a few minutes, before having some breakfast. Check-in time for our room was noon, so we hung out in the square until then,

a late breakfast in a Los Arcos plaza

To occupy some of the “ wait” time, we visited the church on the square, the Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Asunción. It’s one of our favorite churches on the Camino.

Iglesia de Santa Maria de Asunción
Sanctuary and Retablo
Santiago ( Saint James, the Apostle)

We checked-in to our room at 12:30 , then shortly after returned to the plaza for lunch… since all other restaurants won’t be serving meals until 7:30. We returned to our room, did our chores, blogged, read and had our “ backup” sandwiches ( prepared last night in our kitchen) for a light supper before retiring for the evening.

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