I made an early start this morning as much heat was forecast for the day. However it started off freezing and I had to stop to put on my coat and a pair of socks on my hands. There was virtually no road walking today, just long tracks through beautiful undulating farmland. Once the sun had risen and burned off the the early morning mist the heat made itself evident before 9am.
I had risen feeling a little depleted today – my feet ached and I didn’t have much energy and there was a fairly long stage to complete. So I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and made the most of the scenery.
There were some new pilgrims staying in the Albergue last night – an Italian couple. There was one bar stop at around 14km and then I took a break in the only shade on the whole track today, sitting under some trees, before digging deep to summon the energy to trek the final portion into Zamora.
It is a lovely city with some beautiful ancient architecture. The Albergue is in an old building and has 36 places. The charming hospitalero had allocated some young early arrivals the top bunks so I was awarded a bottom bunk due to my great age – there have to be some advantages some times to getting older. There is a very nice kitchen and sitting area and some outside space. It is a donativo operated by volunteers and situated centrally in the city.
I will soon run out of space in my credencial for new stamps so the hospitalero gave me a sheet of paper to attach, which will keep me going until the end of my journey.
There are so many new people here. Some may have only started today. It is very different from our little group which is now down to five or six. I hope there will not be issues for securing beds in the coming days. But the route splits in a couple of stages, with the choice of taking a northerly route to Astorga and joining the camino Frances, or heading north west on the camino Sanábres, which I will be walking. I hope there won’t be too many going my way, but I shall have to wait and see.
After the ablutions I took a walk around the town and bought some shopping for supper.
I have a bottle of cava cooling in the freezer so I had better go and claim it before it freezes solid.