Candee is currently in Spain hiking on the Camino de Santiago, but like all fans of the C&O, she’s always on the lookout for a canal. This one is called the Canal de Castilla, and from the pictures she sent, it does appear to have a few things in common with the Chesapeake and Ohio.
She took this picture of a marker, but I’m not sure if it’s a mile marker or something a bit fancier like the “0” mile marker at the tidewater lock in Georgetown. I’m sure the Spanish had a different way of doing things–as canals go–but it’s important to remember that much of the brilliant masonry work done on the C&O was completed by immigrants from all over Europe.
Another picture that she sent shows a large bucket of crayfish harvested from the canal. I’m a huge fan of these spicy little critters, and I’m more than just a little bit jealous about not having the opportunity to sample a few!
I suppose the similarities on the C&O are Battie Mixon’s fishing hole in Oldtown, Little Pool, and Big Pool. All three are still watered and are enjoyed by fishermen.
The only thing that seems to be missing along the Canal de Castilla is a towpath and recreational opportunities for hikers and bikers. Not so fast! The final picture shows an image that is strikingly similar to the good ol’ C&O. Maybe there’s a bit more water than what we’re used to seeing over here, but it’s a path and a canal, and I’m sure Candee was thinking of the the C&O Canal as she continued her journey in Spain.