I pulled myself out of my slump last evening and did indeed find a couple of gems in Alcazarén. There is a huge brick built church that is quite beautiful inside. We returned to El Bar Real for some supper which was good enough.
This morning dawned bright, if rather chilly. I pulled on my gloves only to discover that I had put them in my waist pack still wet from yesterday’s rain, so they didn’t keep my hands very warm. But at least there was no miserable grey cloud to hide the sun and better still, no icy wind to push us around.
We started out walking on more sand tracks through pine forest – once again quite lovely. The sun rose from behind the trees throwing lovely shafts of light through the shadows.
After around 6 km I found myself a mojon to sit on and enjoyed some breakfast (including the last of the boiled eggs) and then wandered on through the slowly warming morning, well behind the others.
We were welcomed to the first village on this route at around 16 km, by which time our group had reformed and we enjoyed a hot drink before setting off for the final 9km, most of which was along, or alongside, a road. Being Mayday holiday there was not much traffic, but what there was sped by at great speed.
We arrived into Puente Duero at around 13:30 and were given a warm welcome by our charming host and hospitalero Arturo. This donativo albergue is situated in a spacious garden with small vegetable plot, lots of fruit trees and roses climbing up the fence. We cobbled together a decent lunch, and then Arturo presented us with a delicious freshly made tortilla español and a bottle of wine. What a star!
After showering and hand washing our clothes we all stretched out on the various benches dotted about the garden and there may well have been some snoozing going on. The albergue has beds for eight in two rooms and a decent bathroom. There is a BBQ if required. No wifi. Two more pilgrims arrived during the afternoon – two older guys, one Spanish, the other French.
We ate so well at lunchtime that none of us feels the need for supper. Nevertheless we made a trip out to look for a bar with wifi, but neither of the two we tried were able to oblige. Luckily I have a SIM card in my iPad so I will be able to post this later.
Today’s distance 25 km
Accumulated uphill elevation 20 m
Accumulated downhill elevation 72 m
Total distance 226.3 km
Average per day 25.1 km