Thursday, May 18, 2017

Via de la Plata - Day 31: Santa Marta de Tera to Rionegro del Puenta (27.5km on 5/19/17)

We left our albergue in Santa Marta de Tera at 6:15am and wore our down jackets as it was near freezing.  Other than that it was a glorious morning and we enjoyed the conditions.  Walking was upstream along the Rio de Tera and along fields that could easily be irrigated from nearby canals.  After 11km we passed through Calzadilla de Tera and there was no bar (!) so we snacked on  chocolate in the center square and continued on another 2km to Olleros de Tera and were pleased to find an open bar where we enjoyed second breakfast of tortilla, chorizo, jamon and cafe con leche.  After another 5km we crossed over the river on a dam that created a large reservoir and continued on to Villar de Farfon where we enjoyed coffee and cookies at a very small albergue run by a South African family.  We really enjoyed the walking conditions as it continued on a dirt/grass track through meadows.  At the 27.5km mark we reached our destination of Rionegro del Puente and we checked into the Albergue de Peregrinos Virgen de los Falifos, an albergue run by a monastic order.  It was a bit larger than yesterday’s place but equally nice.  We enjoyed snacks at a nearby bar and at 6:30 had a really nice menu del dia at a restaurant across the street.  Again, the albergue was only one third full.

View looking back towards Santa Marta de Tera before sunrise.  Temperature was near freezing!

Nicely signposted camino paths

Rio de Tera

Our shadows on the trail

Lots of nice fields that are irrigated

Beauritful countryside

Stopped for second breakfast here after ~11km

Second breakfast of tortilla, chorizo, jamon and cafe con lech.

Crossing a reservoir on Rio de Tera

View looking downstream on Rio de Tera

Nice camino markings - showing distance to next cafe!

Interesting abandoned old buildings


View of our albergue.  Narrow but long - and in the center of the village.

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