Well the only way to describe today was a total ass kicker. We walked from El Pito which is a beautiful little pueblo that was founded by a very wealthy family to Villademouros. I have 50,902 steps on my fit bit and just over 24 miles.
The terrain starting out this morning was up steep muddy hills and then down steep muddy hills. This continued in the rain for about 3.5 hours. We started the morning with no breakfast nor coffee. It was a little ugly I must admit and finally at 11:30 we found a place to stop and have a big glass of fresh orange juice, coffee con leche and a Bocadillo.
As we left town after brunch a couple of older gentleman smiled and said for all intents and purposes up the mountains you go. That is exactly what we did. We climbed up another mountain and then were able to walk along the road for a bit until we headed back down again. My motto in Spain is what goes down must go up again.
On the bright side we are close to the ocean most of the time and some of the views are beautiful. We are staying at a little albergue with only 2 rooms and 3 beds. It is really nice. It is just Paul and I are here with a really nice German couple. Since it is raining the albergue supplied us with 6 eggs, 2 cans of tuna, pasta sauce and pasta. We made spaghetti with tuna tomato sauce and hard boiled eggs. An interesting dinner to say the least but tasty nun the less. We had a great conversation around dinner talking about history, as Paul was a history teacher and Manfred seems to also be a history buff. Really interesting to hear all of the stories. Fortunately we were able to wash our clothes as there is mud everywhere.
Tomorrow is a short day. Only 15k maybe. I know that the rest will do me good but we will see. The next day is another 30k day so it might be smart for us to get a head start on that leg by walking a few more k’s tomorrow. It is going to be raining so…
Cheers for now.
First of all and most importantly I want to wish a very Happy Birthday and safe travels to Dana. Buen Camino and see you soon.
Today we walked from Avilés to El Pito. About 18 miles. We are staying at a very nice albergue with only 8 beds. The great news is that so far at 5pm local time Paul and I are the only two pilgrims here. It is a bit pricy at 15 euros but wow what a place. The show alone is worth 15 euros.
The walk today was mostly in Eucalyptus forests along logging roads. While beautiful there are many ups and downs and a lot of water and mud. We moved a bit slowly as we needed to navigate the mud on the trail. It is a bit treacherous going down these paths in mud but we made it ok. We are very near the sea and every now and then get a glimpse of the ocean. We were very fortunate to day to have a beautiful day for waking. Some sun and some clouds, not too hot either.
So far I would say that this is a bit tougher then the French route and about the same as the VLDP. It is really beautiful country and of course the Spanish people are so friendly. This morning we stopped in a bar and ordered two Café con leches the lady brings our drinks and then a few minutes later brings us each a glass of apple juice and hot churros. The bill was 2.40 euros. The people in be bar were very friendly and we struck up a conversation with a few of them. Apparently from 1930 to 1960 there was a factory in Virginia that made something for this town.