What a beautiful day. Up over the highest point on this Camino. And yes there was plenty of snow. It was old snow, so we could mostly walk on top of it, with just a few post holes up to our knees.
It seemed like there might not be any snow at all as we were within 30 minutes of the top before a few small patches appeared in the shade. Then larger patches and at the top we were able to step over the closed gate while standing on two feet of the white stuff. The trail then leads to a north slope with even deeper drifts. We saw two local hikers and no pilgrims.
The temperature was perfect, in the 40s and 50s all day, with mostly sunny skies.
We choose the right turns on the north side, leading to Valsain and San Ildefonso, having made reservations in the later. It's a resorty type town with high prices. The left fork, directly to Segovia might be equally good.
We hope to complete the Camino Madrid in the morning and take a train to Ourense, the 100+ kilometers point on the Sanabres/Via de la Plata route.
It's been a wonderful route, I'll try to summarize my thoughts about it in tomorrows post.