I was expecting to find a charming pueblo inside the castellated walls of Galisteo, but the only thing that charmed me was this little fellow.
I had been planning another fair hike today but because of the holiday weekend I wanted to be sure that the Albergue at my planned destinstion would be open. I tried various telephone numbers numerous times but got not one reply. So I have decided to play safe and have a virtual day off.
After taking an unscripted diversion due entirely to me taking more notice of the sunrise, the storks and the cows than the camino directions, I walked at least one km more than I should have, probably more like one and a half. But that was the only section of today’s walk that was off Tarmac, so at least there was a minor benefit! Fortunately the route was along a quiet country road without much traffic.
I am staying at the Albergue de la Señora Elena, another old house split into rooms of 3 beds, with fully functioning kitchen and sitting area, cost 11€. So here is my chance to catch up with all the questions posed in the comments section of the blog over the last couple of weeks.
I love reading the comments and am so glad that you take the time to post them. But it is difficult to respond in a timely fashion, so I will post a new ‘questions and answers’ response later today.
Seeing as I am having a day off, I have treated myself to an appropriately named bottle cava (I knew there was a reason to stop posting my expenses!). I have to say it cost more than double what I pay for a bottle at home (1.85€) but I decided I am worth it – and other than Fanta Naranja I haven’t drunk anything with bubbles for almost four weeks, so it is long overdue. I even found a suitable glass – cheers folks!
Quick update. Am delighted that my French, Spanish-speaking, friend has just limped in after a very long stage + 24 km on Tarmac. I was so pleased that I shared the cava – isn’t that what friends are for?
Distance according to wikiloc (my own recording) 12.9 km
Accumulated elevation uphill 8 metres
Accumulated elevation downhill 21 metres
Total distance walked 676 km, average 27 km per day