Villafranca del Bierzo to Albergue La Escuela 27km
I woke up this morning and walked through the courtyard in the Albergue to the toilets. There was a smell of bonfires in the air and it was amazingly warm for 6.30am. It was 18°C.
As I set off at 7.30 I could feel a few ash particles falling in the air and see a few in the beam of my torch when I switched it on – a thing I rarely do. People switch on their head torches not because they need to see but because they think they do.
I learned an interesting lesson several years ago. I had estimated I had enough time to run up a hill in South Shropsire before the winters afternoon turned into night. Of course I was wrong and ended up running the last mile in the pitch black as I had no torch. I found it was quite easy once I relaxed and I could jog along at a slowish pace without any difficulties. After all, I thought, I have been practising walking for 60 years. It’s not surprising I can do it with my eyes shut!
I decided to walk a little further because if it’s going to rain tonight this dusty path will be very slippery and muddy tomorrow:
I am staying in an Albergue that is surrounded by fields, not forest, and half an inch of rain is forecast for tonight so I am not worried about any immediate danger.
To lighten the gloom (pun) today I spotted these.
The other day someone had written below the word ‘STOP’ on a road sign “in the name of love”. That had me humming for a while….
The graffiti along this Camino is certainly of a higher quality than in the U.K. And it’s in a foreign language!
Only six walking days left to Santiago. 160km to go.
Let’s hope the rain clears the air so I can get some better pictures tomorrow.
Location 42.7014, -7.0220