For those still travelling – Contributing today are Brigitta , Carmen with a cameo from Joss King ……. These days are the last of Castilla y Leon on the 26th & 27th , Galicia beckons on the 28th but there’s still two Castilian towns before that …….
The Road from Foncebadón past Cruz de Ferro has been tiring – the content of the day I suppose – more than the distance at 28k a day we accept as normal .
We see Ponferrada –
……. surprisingly interesting with its Templar Castle …… You can see our Camino marker in front ……
And a huge Plaza Mayor – deserted as the Heat reaches its peak as we arrive late afternoon .
Albergue Aléa will be my choice in April – still within budget at €10 , €8 for dinner 🥘 and €3 for Breaky!!
Heading for Villafranca Del Bierzo next morning …… and a happy coffee break –
Ha – 😆. Just noticed – Keeping Standards up on the Way ! …. you’re doing the ‘Pinky out’ – holding your little finger that way …… you’re so POSH
Past colourful bars
And churches recently restored in such a strong act of faith by the local community-
The Girls meet a fellow Pelegrínos great character – from Valencia – a place always close to Brigittas’ heart.
– And arrive in Villafranca Del Bierzo and we have been so lucky. The Albergue Leo is beautiful.
It’s a 400 year old house used as a private Albergue– lovingly restored by Leo and his family to 5 Star standards – far above many of those we have stayed in.
It’s the 28th – Thursday – the girls are heading to O’ Cebreiro and start to notice a change – 2 things ……
Autumn is starting to appear in the Bierzo Vineyards ……. very atmospheric photos Brigitta Maria ! ……… and such a change from when we left St Jean a month ago .
MorMor makes the rough track look easy
– Rumanian / Swedish Power Ranger 👊🏻 !! …….. but not surprising as she was once in the National Basketball 🏀 team for Rumania!
And we run into Johnny Boy – soon to be Joss – on the trail . Looking fit and well.
We are getting up to 1300 – 1400 metres again and the heat is intense ….
Too hot for dogs even ….
And DEFINITELY too hot at 1300 metres for these exhausted Pelegrínos – it’s a tough hike in these temperatures 😐
And finally reach ……. the ultimate region of this odyssey….. Galicia ! 👏🏽✌🏼🎉🎊🎉
The distance to Santiago becomes suddenly very real , what looked impossible – now achievable . 160k left !
And without naming the Alberque- after 26 nights of great food – we have the worst dinner . Oh well- it’s been a good run so far 🏃
Bring on tomorrow and who knows maybe a shorter 22 k walk to Triacastela ?