Friday, May 20, 2016

del Norte - Day 19 (21-May-2016): Ribadesella to Colunga (23.7km)

We got a late start as our hotel's breakfast did not start until 8am.  After crossing the river we walked out of town along the beach then left the coastline, walking along one lane country road uphill, thought pretty fields, etc. then back down through two small villages and rejoined the coast.  Stopped after 7km for second breakfast at a bar on the beach.  It's Saturday so there were surfers, but not very many since the weather is a bit gloomy.  We resumed walking on a trail and often followed the cliffs above the ocean through fields with cows.  It started to rain so we donned our trusty "Sea to Summit" ultra-sil ponchos (see photo). We rejoined the beach and ducked into a beach-side bar to sit out the shower, enjoying white wine and patata fritos con ali oli (fried potates with garlic mayo!).  We also booked a room at our destination village of Colunga.  This gave us confidence that we would have a room for the night so could enjoy our wine and the view. The rain stopped after an hour and we continued on another 7km to Colunga.  We are staying at "Hotel Las Vegas", a nice little place in the center of Colunga.

Dinner tonight was at Casa Laureano and among the best ever in Spain.  We had a really great Ribera Duero wine, salad with tomatoes, wild mushrooms, tuna and lettuce, chipirones fritos with aioli and grilled pork ribs.

Typical walking path when for much of the morning.

Interesting village

Another lemon tree with lots of fruit

In Asturias we are seeing these old harvest storage buildings.  They are set on stone pillars to keep pests from the grain/corn storage.  Here they are square and in Galicia they are rectangular.

Back on the ocean!  Afternoon we mostly walked on paths and with view of ocean and beaches.

We passed an old man with a bag of limpets, barnacles, etc. that he had gathered from the rocks at low time.  The smallish barnacles are supposed to be delicious.  Hard to imagine1

The well dressed pilgrim:  We are using "Sea to Summit" Ultra-sil ponchos.  These weigh around 6 ounces and take the place of rainjacket, rainpants and backpack covers that we used in previous Caminos.  So far we like them a lot!  

Salad with tomatoes, lettuce, tuna, wild mushroms and shrimp

Grilled pork ribs

Chipirones fritos.  All of this with an excellent Ribera del Duero red wine!

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