No discernible sunrise today. It’s really kinda dark, gloomy, and chilly, which means perfect walking weather. We left even earlier then yesterday, up at 4:30 out by 5:30am. There are pros and cons to this, it’s dark, you can’t see anything, which also means you can answer the call of nature without worries of anyone seeing you. Which lately has become a problem. Not too many trees anymore, much more farmland with very little cover. There are no outhouses or port a potties here. I got some good advice from Darren before I left, “drink plenty of water”. Darren, I must think of you countless times a day whenever I take a drink. When we started I don’t think I was drinking enough, I never had to go on the trail, now I am but there are drawbacks to that, as I mentioned above.
Anyway we went thru several towns today, some just a one street town. First Castildegado, then Viloria de la Rioja, pretty much back to back,
We were in and past after 3.5km. Then a bigger town, Villamayor del Rio, another 3.4 then even bigger, Belorado. 4. 9 away. This is we’re we saw the ancient cave dwellings. Hermits used to live in these. This town also is a little downtrodden. Lots of abandoned and derelict buildings. It looks like the town has started a beautification project because there were murals painted everywhere. They also had a huge church with big bird nests on the top walls.
Aft we left that town we walked across a wooden bridge beside a another old 6 arch bridge. These things are old, still usable and in good repair.
4.8 km to the next town, Tosantos, then 7km to where we are spending the night. Villafranca Montes De Orca. This town has been welcoming pilgrims since the 9th century. There’s history here where ever you walk. Almost every road, bridge and even houses are hundreds of years old.
After arriving, kinda early, we went to the pandera, (bakery), then the supermercardo, (grocery store). We got fixings for sandwiches, we love the olives here, they come in little plastic pouches, either con or sin huesa, with or without pits. We also like the wine, but none today, I needed a break.
Oh scratch that, we did have wine today. Al, a bad bad man, filled one of my water bottles with wine. So we had wine on the trail with peanuts for breakfast. White wine with legumes correct?
Some big hills tomorrow,
So until then , be well.