We started the day full of energy. After dinner with Glenn and Sheryl last night, we were back in our cosy room in Casa Victoria and tucked up in bed well before 10. We didn't wake until 7 - our biggest sleep by far. We were both tired after battling the wind yesterday, so a long restful sleep came at just the right time.
After coffee and toast at our hosts' kitchen table, we headed off just after 8.30. We took our time today, knowing we would be covering a shorter distance than usual. Strong winds again (as per your forecast, Coach) would have held us back if we'd planned a longer day, so it worked out well.
The scenery was as beautiful as the day before, and the day before that. Green rolling hills on either side of The Way made for a delightful walk, despite the wind - we hope the photos give you an idea.
We enjoyed our 'second breakfast' in Santa Domingo de Calzada, and had a wander found this beautiful 11th century town before rejoining The Way. The window shopping was wonderful - have included some photos including an enticing chocolate shop. So enticing that we purchased the Peregrinas, which we were assured was good for pilgrims. In one of the photos, you can see the shopkeeper with our selection. It was crisp and salty, covered in dark chocolate - we are pretty sure it was potato chips dipped in chocolate. Yum. Best walk a few extra kilometres tomorrow.
We're now sitting at the dining table in the Refugio Acacia y Orietta, and we will dine here tonight with our hosts and 6 pilgrims from Barcelona. Could be a night for the ear plugs. We are not sure where we will try to get to tomorrow. The Way is tricky sometimes ... one town may be not quite far enough for our day's walk (Villafranca), but the next town too far (St Juan de Ortega). We will see. But, hopefully, we will sleep well to set us up for the day.
Before we sign off - Thank you to David, Jeanette, Sue, Kat, Connie, Bill and Lilly and, of course, Coach/Martin for your weather forecast - spot on again! Special mention to Bill and Lilly - your comment on the blog came through perfectly!
Hasta Luega familia y amigos
Jenny xx and Jill xx