First, an answer to Georgeann´s question. I am not carring a laptop. Most Albergues have internet access. 20-30 min for 1 euro. Today, however, I am staying in a private place with my own room! I´m at an information center- using the internet for free! Typical Spain though, the sign said open at 4pm. Someone came to let me in to the computer room at 4:50. ( after he was called here by the janitor)
Last night was very cold, the room had no heat. Finally at 1a.m., I gave in and grabbed the blanket provided by the albergue to use as a second covering. Hopefully it is free of bedbugs! Several people have already been introduced to them. So far, I have not, and want to keep it that way!
It´s another cold morning and I leave my fleece on till afternoon. I actually prefer the cold to heat. The walk begins with several steep climbs up rocky dirt roads. At one point, I think I´ll never get to the top of the hill, especially when I set my sights there. So, I look down at the road and just take one step at a time and I finally reach the top. I actually prefer the ascents to the descents, it´s easier on my feet.
After the city of Villa Franca, I start walking up and through the mountain pass. It´s amazing to see the mountains around you, and know that after a while you will have walked through and over them. The mountains go straight up on both sides, I feel very small and insignificant. It´s very quiet, with a stream to my left most of the day, that I can hear, but not always see.
I have chosen the slightly higer mountain route today. It´s a beautiful and quiet walk, but slightly longer and more strenuous- I still enjoy it.
I walk with no particular destination in mind today, just until I decide to stop. I´m not sure where Sally and Katie end up today. I end up walking 26.5 km, I don´t think they have gone that far. I decide to stay in a place with a private room. My own bed and shower across the hall- complete with toilet paper! I can even sit up on my bed without hitting my head on a bunk above me. Simple pleasures!
Until next time...