The descent from heaven yesterday and Russ’s blisters meant today we decided to do only 23.8 km. This was a very good decision! It was 23.8 km on either the main road or bitumen roads. I was not a happy girl.
The bitumen seems to suck the life completely out of me. The fact for the first time the temperature was in the high 20’s and low 30’s was on an all road day meant it took me 6 hours and a few extra stops to get here.
Our first major town on today’s path was Ponferrada which delighted in a Castillo de los Templarios and a funky little Templar cafe in which my improving Spanish netting me toast with tomato and cheese for breakfast!
One of things that is very evident in these parts of Spain is that there isn’t much money. The number of run down and ruined buildings is heartbreaking but it also makes for great photography (if I took my good camera out!).
We stopped to eat fresh cherries of a road side tree and I don’t think I’ve ever eaten such beautiful cherries! Perhaps because they are the first cherries off a tree I can remember eating it was a special moment.
The last special moments were two ice water stops for my feet! I think my well used technique of using two pairs of sock may be contributing to my issues.
I was asked if I wanted to take a bus tomorrow but I will ‘soldier on’ and just put one foot in front of the other.
Oh on another good note, my Spanish lessons thanks to my charming Catalonian walking partner, I can now count to 10 (the pronunciation of 10 still needs work) and I’m learning different words and phases. I’m still answering in French now and then but mostly it’s Spanish. I think my lazy Australian speech is a hinderance in pronouncing the words. But I have 12 months of Spanish speaking countries so I’m sure I’ll be conversationally fluent by the end. 🙂