Gentle readers, I feel the need to apologize for yesterday’s post. I was beyond fatigued, Zoe, and discouraged. I took a 2 hour nap before a late lunch and went to bed about 5 PM and slept the night through. It made all the difference in the world. I had energy today which came in handy as we walked 22+ Km or 14.23 miles. I never could have done that without the extra rest. The walking was miserable as it rained nearly the entire time and at time very hard. Our first place to take a break was after an excruciatingly long hill at the 7 mile mark. It was aptly named Alto da Peña or height causes pain. dripping wet we had our first cup of coffee, a short rest, and then moved on. Rolling hills through fertile farm land and the scent of fresh cows we were often greeted by some of the largest guard dogs I have ever seen.
Finally after nearly 6 hours of walking we came upon our Albergue. I had lucked out in that we were the first to arrive giving us the choice of beds and the best showers I have ever had along the Camino. We did our laundry, dried our cloths in an actual dryer and went upstairs for lunch. I was first upstairs and decided to treat myself to a beer while Scott and Merci finished cleaning up. While standing at the bar waiting for the bar tender to serve others, I noticed that there was a 12 year old single malt labeled Cardu. There was little in the bottle so I decided to have a shot to warm my bones before our meal. ( My readers may remember another posting in 2015 when I walked in the rain from Burgos to Hontanas and did the same thing.). It was a good decision. The bar tender took down the bottle, looked at the amount in it and emptied it into my glass with a smile and a “buen Camino”. Tomorrow another 18 Km likely in the rain to Logoso.