16 • Quintanar de la Orden

A few unexpected changes in today’s walk. A noticeable drop in temperature, the first time I’ve had to wear a jacket, wish I  also wore my beanie, there was also a strong cold wind blowing, thank God, at my back. The moon was almost full and the only common element was the blasted rocky road.

It was most pleasant walking in the cool, dark morning and I arrived at El Toboso after about 2 1/2 hours. I had coffee there and then set out for the next 11 or so kilometres to Quintanar de la Ordin. Today’s walk was only 22 km, however, it seemed much longer and more difficult because the strong wind kept throwing me off balance, as long as it was blowing at my back I was fine but when the road changed direction and it hit me side-on, it was so strong it kept blowing one of my sticks in front of my feet and catching the backpack sending me staggering along the path. 

  SIMILAR TO YESTERDAY EXCEPT A STRONG COOL WIND BLOWING, LIGHT MORE MUTED.

SIMILAR TO YESTERDAY EXCEPT A STRONG COOL WIND BLOWING, LIGHT MORE MUTED.

  MORE BROWNS THAN THE USUAL WHITE STONE FIELDS AND ROAD

MORE BROWNS THAN THE USUAL WHITE STONE FIELDS AND ROAD

  TERRAIN CHANGING, MORE HILLY AND ALSO MORE FARMING

TERRAIN CHANGING, MORE HILLY AND ALSO MORE FARMING

  SYRANGA TREES LINING THE ENTRANCE TO EL TOBOSO, STOPPED HERE FOR COFFEE, 2 1/2 HOURS WALKING

SYRANGA TREES LINING THE ENTRANCE TO EL TOBOSO, STOPPED HERE FOR COFFEE, 2 1/2 HOURS WALKING

  THE HILLINESS AND INTENSIVE FARMING HAS CHANGED THE WHOLE VIBE OF THE TERRAIN

THE HILLINESS AND INTENSIVE FARMING HAS CHANGED THE WHOLE VIBE OF THE TERRAIN

  PLAZA MAYOR EL TOBOSO

PLAZA MAYOR EL TOBOSO

  EL TOBOSO TO QUINTANAR DE LA ORDEN

EL TOBOSO TO QUINTANAR DE LA ORDEN

The walk from El Toboso  to Quintanar de la Orden, challenging because of the strong wind and rocky road.

  INTENSIVE FARMING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD

INTENSIVE FARMING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD

  QUINTANAR IN THE DISTANCE

QUINTANAR IN THE DISTANCE

  SANTIAGO STATUE AT THE ENTRANCE OF QUINTANAR DE LA ORDEN

SANTIAGO STATUE AT THE ENTRANCE OF QUINTANAR DE LA ORDEN

  IMPRESSIVE FACE

IMPRESSIVE FACE