We had a very leisurely start this morning, and partook of the included breakfast at the youth hostal. The things I don’t like about youth hostels are the youths. There were lots of them – dozens and dozens. Teenagers en masse make me a bit anxious, although I have to say these kids were very well behaved – it was just that there were so many of them.
So we set off at around 08:45 in search of the church of Santiago, which we found – but as I suspected it was locked up, so no special stamp for my credencial.
We had no specific instructions for exiting Córdoba, so here are a few pointers. Find the road Calle Corregidor Luis de la Cerda, which is between the back of the Mezquita and the swanky new information office, and follow this road with the river to your right. Keep a lookout for signs, you will see a series of ceramic tiles as in the picture below, all at well above head height.
All will be well until you reach the corner opposite the central library where the sign is on an angled wall and rather ambiguous. Turn left here and then right into Calle Segunto and look out for Clinica Los Angeles on a left hand corner, turn here and immediately turn right into Calle Cinco Caballeros, straight across the major road Avenida Carlos III where you will pick up regular arrows on lamp posts and trees.
It was a lovely walk today, firstly through meadow land and occasionally crossing a road to regain a narrow track. And eventually onto a steeply rising rocky path surrounded by stunning wild flowers – beautiful walking – just like being at home in the mountains.
About halfway through the walk we passed through a very odd town, with hundreds of similar looking yellow houses and virtually no sign of life – a bit reminiscent of the ghost town by the golf course on the camino Frances.
The weather was warm and hot at times and it was quite hard work walking steeply uphill on the rough ground but the surroundings made it all very worthwhile.
I took it easy today. My right foot is still a bit swollen (I think through lacing my boots too tight) but it is getting better. The elevation on today’s walk helped I think, pounding out the kms on a level surface doesn’t seem to suit me at all.
And it was a short day with a big treat at the end of it. We are staying in the small town of Cerro Muriano where a Dutch couple have opened an albergue ‘Acogida de Peregrios’ tel 691 923 145. Maria and Jan have walked the camino and trained and served as voluntary hospitaleros and worked in the pilgrims’ office in Santiago, so they have an excellent understanding of what s pilgrim needs. They are a very kind and interesting couple who made us most welcome and I would highly recommend a stay here. They have seven beds spread between several rooms so we were once again able to have a room each. A hot shower, a sunny garden to hang the washing and a good wifi connection to boot – what more could a pilgrim want?
George has gone into the village to eat this evening, but I decided to buy a few supplies at the shop and have made myself a ham and cheese sandwich (with a boiled egg kindly donated by Maria’s chickens (well the chickens didn’t actually boil it). And I have also replenished my fruit and nuts for the next couple of days, and bought a bottle of ‘young green’ wine (only 5%, so no worries about a hangover) for only 1.5€, which I was glad to share around in return for the warm welcome that we were given.
Distance according to wikiloc (my own recording) 17.4km, but I forgot to turn it on until we had walked about 2 km, do say 19 km. Fitbit recorded steps 27,244
Accumulated elevation uphill 488 metres
Accumulated elevation downhill 54 metres
Total distance walked 258.2 km, average 25.8 km per day
Today’s spend – Fanta 1.5€, water 1.2€, shopping 9.4€, albergue donation 10€. Total 22.1€
Nine days total spend 251.9€