Considering the jet lag, I got a very good night’s sleep and got up a bit before 6am, had coffee and crackers for breakfast and then was on the road by 6;30. I stopped in front of the cathedral to take a photo and called home to announce my departure. The initial first 3-5km was a bit dreary walking the city streets but soon turned more interesting. Walking was mostly on rural lanes, farm tracks and trails. Until noon there was light cloud cover and moderate temperatures. After noon things cleared up a bit and the sun made it fell warmer than it was. The route did not involve too many hills but enough to make my legs ache a bit at the end of the day. I arrived the Villa de Grado Albergue de Peregrinos around 3pm and introduced myself to the current hospitalero crew (John and Victoria). I will live here for the next 16 days and tend to the needs of the pilgrims that will stay here.
This is a municipal albergue that is sponsored by the city of Grado and staffed with volunteers. I will work with two others and it will be interesting to see how things will be.