Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day 9 (10/1) - Sanguesa to Izco (17.8km)

Had breakfast in our room (pastry and yoghurt) and headed out at 8am. The path took us up a very steep hill to a village (Rocaforte) and then we dropped back down and followed a valley uphill, crossed one ridge, back down, etc. and repeated. The paths were a combination of gravel roads, farm tracks and trails. Weather was clear and a bit warmer - perhaps in the mid 60's. We both found the day more tiring and tedious than others. Our options were to stop after 18km in Izco or continue on for another 10km to Montreal but a 28km day was definitely not on our agenda!!! Izco is a typical small village but did not have the amenities we were expecting. The albergue is small (8 beds) and has a bar but does not serve meals. The village did not have a market or any other restaurants. The albergue includes a small "grocery store" consisting of things in a few cupboards and a refrigerator and a kitchen we can use. We already had green olives and bought a bottle of red wine, ziti, tomatoes, bacon, onion and garlic and made pasta. It turned out quite nice and we had enough to share with a french guy who showed up late and after the "grocery store" had closed. Needless to say, he was pleased to have something to eat.

About half the day on gravel tracks and half on trails like this.

Fields - seem to be harvested wheat fields and recently cultivated.

Our albergue was on the village square.

Sunset view from the village.

Sleeping arrangement was 4 bunks in one room - It was Cindy's turn to have the top bunk.

Location:Izco, Spain

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