Camino Combo – Day 2 – Camino Madrid

Day: 2

Date: Saturday 20 May, 2023.

From: Tres Cantos                          To: Manzanares el Real

Distance (Planned): 27km      Actual (Garmin): 27.24km

Progress: 54/801km

Start Walking: 0633    End: 145pm

Time: 7h7m

Ascent: 571m           Descent: 377m

Terrain: Climbing virtually all day on wide dirt roads.

Weather: A lovely chilly start and then hot. Clouded over a bit later with the lightest sprinkle of rain.

Stayed At: Hostel La Pedriza – €24.50

Heading away from Tres Cantos in the early morning light

General Comments:

  • I was surprised when I woke up this morning that my muscles were not screaming. Yes, there was plenty of stiffness and weariness, but overall I was pretty pleased with myself. Maybe that’s not wise.
  • I finished off yesterday with a small blister and treated it this morning before pulling on my boots. Unfortunately this small blister turned into a beast today and covers the majority of my left heel. Too much information, I know. Sorry about that. I think blisters are just part of the body’s adjustment to being out on the trail day after day for long distances. Thank goodness for Compeed.
  • Escaping the confines of the city, the path dropped me down into a gorgeous gully or valley which was something out of a story book complete with bobbing rabbits, horses grazing quietly in the paddocks, and sheep running madly along the road.
  •  All this beauty had to end though, as what goes down must come up again. And that set the scene for the day. Constant climbing with a little reprieve every now and then and then up some more
  • It was like Pitt St out there on the path. Being a Saturday plenty of Spaniards decided to get out and enjoy their countryside. There were dog walkers, friend walkers, joggers,  bushwalking clubs, and endless mountain bike riders. While I commend the bikers gusto and bravery at tackling some of the rougher sections of the path, I would have appreciated if they would have let me know they were bearing down on me. I was off in La La Land enjoying the serenity and next minute I was diving off the path. Obviously in Spain it is not cool to have a bell on your bike.
  •  Temperatures climbed pretty steeply as soon as the sun got high and as I have written in the past, the warmer it gets, the slower I go. So it was a very welcome sight to come over yet another hill and see Manzanares el Real. I had planned to stay with some local people who are very strong supporters of the Camino and have set up accommodation in their backyard for walkers, but they said I could not check in until 4:30 PM and I definitely needed a shower before then.
  •  I am loving that people I meet on the path are starting to wish me a Buen Camino and I have had a few animated conversations with people, admittedly I missed 75% of what they were saying, but it is lovely to see and hear the passion that some Spaniards have for walking a Camino.
Gamboling sheep
Not sure what this plant is, probably a weed, but it looked nice
Some very colour coordinated walkers heading out for a stroll

Top Tips:

  •  Make sure you stop every now and then and turn around to see the view behind you. I have done that a few times and have enjoyed seeing Madrid ever so slowly fading into the background. Unfortunately it doesn’t make me feel like I’ve covered much territory so far, but I know each day I am that little bit further down the road.
  •  Take plenty of water on this stretch as there is nothing much by the way of services and definitely no water etc.
  • The Buen Camino app is a good accompaniment to the signage, but I am finding it very slow to update i.e. Me as the little blue dot takes forever to catch up to the Me standing somewhere completely different muttering at my phone . Do you think that is a GPS/satellite thing?

Buen Camino.

I say ‘gracias’ to every one of these little yellow arrows.
Adios Madrid!
Hola Manzanares el Real.
Lovely lavender smelling much sweeter than moi.
More wild lavender on the path.
There is a shower waiting for me down there.

22 thoughts on “Camino Combo – Day 2 – Camino Madrid

  1. It all looks terribly dry and dusty out there and summer has yet to begin. I hope there are no nasty wild fires. Not good news re the blister, hope it doesn’t cause you too much pain.

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    1. Yes, it is far from lush, but I guess the plants are used to that. I am expecting it to be more lush and ‘softer’ as I get further North. Blisters are on the mend. I probably have the uglies feet in Spain, but they are functional! 😆

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  2. You know, stopping to look behind you really is excellent advice.

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    1. Ta. I am sure I read that somewhere, probably on someone else’s Camino blog.


  3. I look behind a lot, but I never see Madrid there. Such ugly skyscrapers, though! I liked the look of Manzanares better. The terrain looks familiar to my eyes but it’s steeper. So dry here too, but a little blessed rain arrived this evening. Hope you stay dry, Mel.

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    1. Thanks, Jo. That’s the wonderful thing about walking, every day delivers new vistas .

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  4. Gorgeous mountain scenery. So sorry about the blister. That can be a real joy-killer. Happy and quick healing.

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  5. Blisters are no joke on a long walk. Hope it comes good soon.

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    1. Yep, just got to get the body used to the programme,

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  6. Mel, I am enjoying your walk as much or even more than you 🙂 Challenging physically as well as mentally, brilliant. Love the wild lavender, I would’ve grabbed some to sticky by my pillow.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. Hopefully another good day ahead.

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  7. I’m super jealous – not of the climbing (nor the blisters), but the beautiful (Camino) landscape! Ha, it’s only on the Camino that even weed will look good 😁. Buen Camino my friend.

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    1. Yes, perhaps there is a fine line between bloom and weed!

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  8. lovely photos. Since you started your Camino I have been busy with my volunteer ( Friends of the Library) so I am way behind your Camino story but I will try to catch up. I like your photos !! Thanks again for sharing.

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    1. No problem and no pressure. I hope I haven’t been boring people senseless with these daily posts. Have a good day.

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      1. oh I like to read anything about the Camino. It is fantastic that you find time to share as you are walking. I know I couldn’t do it.

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        1. And what an amazing Camino reading list you shared today! Who would have thought that one path could generate so many words?

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          1. yes.. and I am finding more books about the Camino ( last week-end – as I was helping with a book sale at my local library). Those books date from 2011 or 2012. I will share them here another time. Take care. Enjoy each day walking in Spain.

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          2. Have a look at Sinning Across Spain by Ailsa Piper and The Year We Seized The Day. Both by Australian authors and good reads. Happy reading.

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          3. I will check it out …Thanks

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