Step 17. Fuentes de Ebro – Venta de Santa Lucía (29,6 km)

Let he who is rich strive to possess his goods, not be possessed by them

No difficulty for cyclists, but there is a climb to the plateau of Los Monegros.

Fuentes de Ebro: Km 0. Pina de Ebro: Km 11.6. Venta de Santa Lucia: Km 29.6 km

We have said goodbye to Fuentes de Ebro, and today we also leave the Camino de Santiago del Ebro: our Ignatian Way follows the Camino Real (Royal Road) that took Iñigo de Loyola as pilgrim to the monastery of Montserrat, and which is the same as the Camino de Santiago Catalán, but in an opposite direction.

From the church door we take the main street before us, and we will walk on it till we reach Ramon y Cajal Street, which starts on the left and that we will walk down on. On Mayor Street, on our right and almost on the asphalt road, a yellow arrow makes us remember that we are in the opposite direction. We arrive at the state road and we cross it, following straight away on the street that diverges: we take the right one, Lorenzo Pardo Avenue. Attention because we have to turn right in 250 metres, on Baño Street. Keep always on the same way until we arrive at a tunnel under the high speed train (AVE) line.  Be alert because on reaching a stone quarry we find a fork at which we must turn right to go to the AVE railway line (the path to the left leads to a tunnel under the conventional railway).

After the tunnel the way takes us to a bridge above the Zaragoza-Barcelona railway. We cross it and we turn right to take the dirt road parallel to the conventional railway. Go straight ahead along the tracks for the next 3 kilometres. In a few metres we pass under a bridge and later we pass a railroad crossing on our right. We always continue straight on.

A road joins us on the right but we keep bearing left. In 100 metres we turn left, entering a new path, and then turn left again within a few metres. Walking straight ahead we reach the River Ebro and we continue along its margin by turning to our right.

We carry on straight. We reach A-1107 road and there we turn left to cross the bridge. From here onwards, we stop following the Ebro Camino de Santiago to get into the Catalan Camino de Santiago. We arrive to Pina town crossing the bridge over Ebro River, and we say goodbye to this good companion of Camino Ignaciano.

Just after the bridge, we enter Pina de Ebro looking for the main square of the town, which is on our right, near the river. Here we need to regain our strength in one of the many bar-restaurants in the square. We must pick up water reserves for the section that we still have to walk today and perhaps part of the next stage tomorrow.

In order to leave the town we seek Fernando Católico Street, off the square down the street from the Church. We take the road of Fernando Católico to the left and we leave the village to find ourselves on the asphalt heading for the National II main road. A large warehouse belonging to the agricultural cooperative of Pina de Ebro serves as guide: the COOPINA sign is clearly visible. Another 1.5 kilometre and we reach the Agricultural Cooperative and take the dirt road that runs parallel to the motorway.

We pass the Cooperative and the village cemetery on our right. The church of San Gregorio appears high up on our right. Our road reaches an irrigation canal, and we leave the motorway, taking the dirt road marked “Mirador de San Gregorio.” We walk along the dirt road, but do not take the road to San Gregorio: instead we continue on until we reach the asphalt street of the industrial zone, which lies ahead of us. We take the downhill road to our right. At the first street we meet, we turn left and follow it towards some large electricity pylons. We seeorange arrows on the lampposts on the street.

We reach an intersection, next to a high voltage tower. A dirt road opens to our right, next to the pylon and we take it. We find electricity poles along the road and in front of us the figure of a large black bull greets us. We are getting closer to the black bull. We continue straight on until we reach the N-II motorway, which will be our new companion on our Way.

We do not cross it but turn right to take a road which takes us away from the N-II for a while. We go up towards the plateau of Los Monegros. We continue straight on, following our dirt road that goes winding through the fields. We make no deviation. At 2.8 kilometres from the N-II we reach the level of Los Monegros plateau and can see some fairly large livestock stables on the left. On reaching the stables, the road forks: we take the left and continue straight on.

At 1 kilometres from the stable, there is a new fork in the road; we take the right. Continue ahead for 1.8 kilometres until the road forks again and take the left. At 1 kilometre from the stable, there is a new fork in the road; we take the road to the right. Go straight ahead on the main road, ignoring the side roads leading to the fields on either side. We are getting closer to the N-II. The road leads to Venta of Santa Lucia, at the back of which we arrive.

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Lodging

Fuentes de Ebro

Taxi Sonia Rubio . Tel: 627 574 290

Pina de Ebro

Ayuntamiento . 976 165 007
Pensión Los Valles . Magisterio Nacional, 7. Tel.:976 165 553 / 675 721 711.
Taxi José M Franco . 618 54 37 67
Venta de Santa Lucía . No lodging available. Check AGREDA bus stops from Venta Santa Lucia to Bujaraloz: Bus daily at 15:30. www.agredasa.es http://www.fraga.org/docs/agredaFR_LLyZR.pdf

Comments

Before entering the third week I asked Josep' advice, what should I do, because in Venta de Santa Lucia there is no place to stay? Josep mentioned about skipping the steps of Venta de Santa Lucia, taking the bus directly to Bujaraloz. Or callling taxi, if one doesn't want to sleep under the stars. I was still undecided. In my heart there was a little fear, what to do there, without any place to stay? Anyway, I entered the third week. With a big heart, as much as possible. Gradually I understood, why there should be a challenge like this in the middle of the los Monegros. Then I convinced myself, I would face whatever situation that I would find on the way. I understood more the meaning of the third week now, that if I say "yes", then I should be ready to take any risk as consequence. It is equally the same, Jesus has taken the risk, to die on the cross, because he said yes to His Father. The cross is not what Jesus is looking for. It is a risk. With that the fear just vanished away. I walked wholeheartedly facing the challenges of the desierto.

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