Thu 15 Oct - Day 31: Villafranca Del Bierzo to Laguna de Castilla 28km
628km walked. 157km left to walk.
Today is exactly one month since I wandered out of St Jean Pied de Port for my Camino adventures. I have seen a lot in that month, met and talked to a lot of people and obviously walked a hell of a lot.
If all goes to current plan, I will walk into Santiago de Compostela in one week's time, Thursday 22 October.
I have already booked 3 nights in Santiago de Compostela from that Thursday, but I made sure that I can cancel or change those dates without cost for as late as possible.
Back to today and breakfast at Albergue de la Piedra in Villafranca Del Bierzo has to be classified as best value yet at 2€. The usual suspects of coffee / tea / toast but also cereal and juices. Not only that, it started very early at 6.30am.
That meant that Deb, Ben and I were on the road, a very very dark and cold road, before 7am.
The weather was cold and frosty well beyond 10am as the Camino here is surrounded by hills and mountains.
And farm animals.
There is another 150 meters ascension to the town of O'Cebreiro and weaker or adventurous pilgrims can do that stretch by horse.
This was another cool sign.
For the uninitiated, one of the key differences between the Galician and the Spanish languages is that J is mostly replaced with X. As you can see below.
Great views from the top. On a clear day, you can see to the horizon. With binoculars even further. With apologies to Russell Coight.
Hmm... That doesn't seem quite right.
Aaron showed up with all his band aids and compeeds on his feet. Poor guy, there doesn't seem to be an end to his feet problems.
Dinner was "menú del día". Good. Great even. Lentil soup and chicken in beer sauce.
This was also very good. A sign in the wall in the restaurant's bathroom.
At 7pm, the weather turned colder and it was time to retire to the room of beds.
Ben was cold too, very cold.
I had a single bed and there was plenty of space so a good end to today.