I didn’t mention much about the Albergue in yesterday’s post. The Albergue Casa la Calera in operated by Los Amigos del Camino. There are sixteen beds in two fairly small rooms, separate bathroom facilities (yay!) and a good kitchen. It is donativo and situated right in the centre of the city, close to the cathedral.
Today was cool but not cold, with a strong wind. I tagged along with Toby and Michael because they knew the route out of town, whereas I hadn’t bothered to find out, and carried on alone when they stopped for coffee after a few km’s. The walk out of this beautiful city was not too long with no horrible industrial areas but remained on busy roads all the way until it met up with the national highway (N630) which we had to follow around motorway exits and along the busy road for a long while.
I heard voices behind me and turned around to see Paul and new guy on the block, American Nick (new to me that is, he has been walking for ages). We kept in eachother’s company on and off all the way to Cubo, which entailed either walking along the road, or for most of the time walking alongside the road on a dirt track. We got a few beeps from passing lorry drivers which is always welcome. But overall it was a pretty uninspiring walk mostly alongside freshly turned brown land, with the odd cereal crop, and always within hearing of the traffic and within sight of electricity pylons. It stretched on interminably but the paths were easy and the weather was kind for a long hike.
It seemed that the only thing to do on entering a village called Cubo del Vino (wine bucket) was to partake of a glass of wine, which I did without too much effort, and then we went to find an Albergue. We stopped at the first one we came to ‘F&M Albergue’, which is a bit pricey at 12€ but has various rooms – mine has four beds and is a good size, includes bedding, separate bathroom facilities (yay, two days running) and good wifi. So money well spent in my opinion.
I am afraid I wasn’t inspired to take many photos today, so just a few to display here.
Accumulated elevation uphill 229 metres
Accumulated elevation downhill 195 metres
Total distance walked 853.1 km, average 27.5 km per day