Day 23, still raining.
We left late this morning, we did so much walking yesterday, we were extra tired. Also the batteries in my headlamp quit, so we would have been walking in the dark, and wet because it is still raining.
We continued up the senda beside the highway, after a few km we then moved to a dirt track besides vineyards and up and some rolling hills. Then all of a sudden you come upon cement road,
The town we were walking into was Villafranca del Bierzo. There was a really pretty church here built in the 12th century, Church of Santiago. We also past the ruins of a monastery. We even found another correos and mailed a package to ourselves in Santiago. We happened upon this man carving wood on his front porch. I noticed a sign behind him that said se vende, for sale. You see for sale signs here everywhere. Half the houses are for sale. I was watching him and realized he was carving a big spoon, so I asked, se vende?
He jumps up and shows me all this stuff and runs into his house and comes it with a package and tells me 3 euros. It turns out I bought a hand carved salad set, spoon, fork, and spatula. Cool!
Anyway we wind our way through and looking back I got a picture of the town set between both hills. Then more senda, beside the highway.
We ended up in Vega de Valcarce, a nice town, actually had 2 supermarkets, a bank and several bars. Still only the one street. But the street you came in on and the same one you left on had these massive chestnut trees. Some 10 feet around at least.
We did the usual, laundry, dinner early bed. Today we walked 26.8km.
Tomorrow we have more big hills because we enter the next and final region, Galicia.