Thursday, May 11, 2017

Via de la Plata - Day 24: Salamanca to Urbanization El Chinarral (25.8km on 5/12/17)

Had bananas and yoghurt in the room and were walking by 6:10am.  The route out of town was straightforward but we were disappointed to not find an open bar to have our cafe con leche.  After getting outside the beltway we walked along the side of the N-630 highway for awhile and then on gravel farm roads.  The first village was sleepy and quiet and unfortunately also without an open bar for coffee.  After about 14km we passed through Calzada de Valdunciel and found a local person who directed us to a bar where we had huevos con jamon and cafe con leche - a very welcome meal.  We had walked through a bit of rain before 2nd breakfast and it continued off and on for the rest of the day’s walk.  Again, mostly on farm roads through fields of (mostly) wheat.  The final kilometer was through steady and then hard rain.  Our albergue, Hostel Casa Saso is in a small undeveloped village, Urbanization El Chinarral.  The albergue’s rooms are in small outbuildings with the toilets and showers in a separate building.  We relaxed most of the afternoon while periodic heavy rain and thunderstorms swept through.  Dinner will be in a small “dining room” attached to the innkeeper’s home.  Glenn and I are in a room with 3 single beds and we were pleased that Lynn, a pilgrim we met on our second day of walking, arrived to take the third bed in our room.   

Pilgrims' shadows on the wheat field at sunrise

Very broad fields and gravel roads

Storm clouds gathering again - road between cultivated fields and wheat fields

Rain started falling steadily so no more pictures on today's route

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