Wed 14 Oct - Day 30: Ponferrada to Villafranca Del Bierzo 25km
600km walked. 185km left to walk.
A somewhat slow start to the day due to self inflicted brain damage from last night.
After regrouping downstairs in Ponferrada hostel Rio Selmo's bar / cafeteria at 7.30am and after a cup of coffee and a croissant for me, the pack was on the move. Ben, Deb, Aaron, Sophie and me.
A bit of Ponferrada suburbia in the morning.
The Camino markers after Ponferrada were very stylish and attractive. At least for a while.
The Camino initially passed through many veggie and fruit gardens. Some of the local pumpkins were massive. Perhaps they were getting beefed up
an ready for Halloween by the end of this month.
yesterday as I descended down towards Ponferrada. I liked the different colors below.
The fog / mist also made the first half of the day quite cold. 3 layers of clothing and gloves and still shivering at times. A thermometer along the say around 10am said 6 degrees Celsius.
I saw the cat below walking unsteadily on the roof and it looked like there was only a question of time before the inevitable happened.
Unfortunately, I took the photo a fraction too early. Yes, the cat fell down but it didn't look like the fall caused it any damage to it as it was then gone in an instant.
By this time around midday, the fog / mist was gone and it was now warm and pleasant. Much nicer.
Water was running underneath this house in Cacabelos. Interesting.
As opposed to Ponferrada, Villafranca Del Bierzo is definitely a Camino town. Even this roundabout had a Camino theme. And I don't mean me.
be back across the bridge to the other side.
Here are a few photos along the way.
The bridge. Ben and Deb to the left.
For a late lunch, we settled on a "menú del día" on the terraza of a restaurant at Plaza Mayor.
I have meant to include a photo on this before and here it is finally. Salads in Spain do always contain tuna. In other words, tuna is "vegetable" in Spain. See below the contents of my Ensalada Mixta.
No alcohol today.
Not so much a hangover as I was very tired and a more strenuous day tomorrow (it can be a climb of up to 700 meters depending on how far I walk).
Ha, Ben was tired as well. As I write this at 6.30pm, he is sleeping in a bed behind me.
Post note: I walked without my knee guards today. Some distance out of Ponferrada I realized that i didn't have them on. Of course, I thought that I had forgot them in last nights hostel, particularly since they had the same color as the desk and also given my less than optimal state this morning.
After organizing the clean washing that Albergue de la Piedra had done for me and Ben, I opened my "clean" dry bag and... There they were.
I have never kept the knee guards in any of my 4 dry bags and regardless, clean they are not.
Relief of course. But I was also kicking myself for my post drinking state this morning.