Day 15 – Burgos to Hornillos del Camino

The Camino proved as changeable as ever today. After beautiful weather in Burgos yesterday, I walked to Hornillos del Camino in wet, fall-like conditions. I am now entering the vast, flat meseta that will carry me over the coming days to the next large town of Leon.

In the meantime, I will be passing through tiny villages like Rabé de las Calzadas where I stopped to dry out and have coffee mid-morning. On the way out of town I found the main church, but it was locked up. Continuing to the village outskirts I saw a small chapel and monestary dedicated to Our Lady (Nuestra Senora). What a difference from the ostentatious cathedral in Burgos. This chapel was small, and tidy with simple alter decorations. An elderly nun gave me a small medal with Mary’s image on a simple piece of string. She insisted on putting the medal over my head and gave me a Camino blessing. I was deeply touched…perhaps because she reminded me of my grandmother. Had to spend some time in the chapel composing myself before continuing down the trail.

Hornillos del Camino is also a very small village that I’m not sure would still exist if not for the Camino sending it a regular stream of pilgrims to lift the economy.

6 thoughts on “Day 15 – Burgos to Hornillos del Camino

  1. What a touching story Chris. You will remember that for the rest of your life I am sure. Thanks for sharing these special moments. Mary is watching over you for sure! You take care..Jeanne & Mark


  2. Jeanne and Mark are correct. I don’t know them but I have the little metal on a string too and I still remember the nun placing it over my head.

    I see that you left Burgos through the tree-lined path and gate. So cool that you passed through one of the more famous scenes from “The Way.”

    Stay safe and remember all of us back home in your prayers. You are in ours.

    Buen Camino Peregrino!


    1. Not sure Anne. Possibly a history on the monastery but the box marked “English” actually had German language materials 😉


  3. I hope you r getting my comments daily.. I may be doing it wrong🤔 lmk can’t wait to do that route Love Anne


    1. Thx Anne – It is great to hear from you and others. Am replying in the website so not sure if you are seeing those!


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