We got an early start from the albergue - up by 5:30am then breakfast of bananas, yoghurt, cookies and instant coffee and out on the trail a few minutes after 6am. Sunrise today was 7:05 so we had enough light to walk without headlamps within 15 minutes or so. Terrain was changing a bit as we crossed a ridgeline. As we descended a bit we entered an area where the path’s route had changed from our references. The new high speed rail line is under construction so our route was changed to accommodate. A bit further on, the expressway, N-630 and N-631 were intertwined and the pathway was confusing. We continued on and eventually passed the ruins of a 12th century military fortress - we left the camino route to enter the ruins and enjoy our first break of the day with trail mix and chocolate. The dirt/gravel track continued and we had bocadillos in a bar in Reigo del Camino - a nice break although a bit late for second breakfast. Another 7km and we entered our destination of Granja de Moreruela, a sleepy village. At the bar we registered for beds in the municipal albergue that was about 100m down the street. It’s a small albergue with only 5 bunks. Fortunately, we were early enough to get bottom bunks. Near our albergue is the point in which the Via de la Plata and Camino Sanabres split. We will follow the Sanabres route ~360km to Santiago.
Unfortunately, the local bar does not start serving dinner until 8pm and that’s a bit late for us. We bought a few things in a small grocery store and had “dinner” in the albergue.