Sunday, April 23, 2017

Via de la Plata - Day 6: Fuente de Cantos to Zafra (25.5km on 4/24/17)

We had an a very nice breakfast at 6am in our antique-filled kitchen area.  Left before 7am and after leaving the village walked along gravel/dirt tracks.  At first, the fields were pastures and wheat fields.  After 6km we reached the next village where we could not locate a bar for “second breakfast”, at least along our route, so continued walking.  Terrain gradually changed and we walked between lots of olive groves and vineyards.  In this region (Ribera del Guadiana) most of the grape vines are “freestanding” and without wires or trellises.  I believe that the primary varietal is tempranillo.  We’ve had very nice bottles of Ribera del Guadiana the past two nights and expect more of the same tonight.  We stopped for a snack and continued on to Puebla de Sancho Perez where we had lunch (Cerveza con Limon and tortilla francesa con queso bocadillo).  I found a blister on my left foot but continued on without too much problem.  Our destination of Zafra was only another 5km.  We are staying at the Albergue de Peregrinos Vincent Van Gogh.  Apparently the owner is a fan of Van Gogh.  It’s a nice place and they serve breakfast beginning at 6am.  Tonight we're back in bunk beds.  There’s only one bathroom so it might be crowded in the morning - and a school group of 20 students arrived at 7pm so it will hopefully not be too noisy.  We bought chocolate and replenished our supply of peanuts, raisins, etc. to make trail mix.  Tomorrow might have a long stretch where we need to picnic but we’ll grab more supplies at the next village.

We encountered a flock of sheep and shepherd

Sunrise!  ~7:40AM

Long stretch of gravel road through the fields

Mid afternoon track

Olive Groves

Freestanding vines - probably tempranillo

Wish I could take this bottle of "Ribera del Guadiana" home!

Albergue for tonight.

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