I waited until 08:30 this morning before setting out so as to give the group in the Albergue a chance to get ahead. It was 48°F, overcast and cold. The sun was able to make a brief appearance at sunrise, otherwise it was gray and cold the whole day until 15:30.
I had inspiration to ask Patrick, my brother, to see if he could find my entries for the Via de la Plata in 2014. I spent time last night re-reading my comments on this very section. What was amazing was that four years ago, yesterday, I was on the same road and also caught in a storm and soaking wet.
Sun's brief appearance
Touching a little hermitage with gold
Quiet sections of the walk
One of the five highway crossings
Passing the ruins of a castle
Another quiet part of the walk
Away from the highway
There were more ‘away from the highway sections’ than I remembered.
Another shepherd and his sheep
The village where the pilgrim must decide
Arrived in Granja de Moreruela, the village where I am staying tonight, 22.6 km but actually another 5 km longer as they have made a new official route. Had anxious moments all morning as it was quite different from Tom’s GPS map, I chickened out and followed the official route rather than be adventurous. This is the village where the pilgrim must decide which route to take, so there are signs all though the village reminding pilgrims to choose, two different Caminos.
The choice again
Once over the first wall
Looking for a way in
The second wall
Over the second wall, magic everywhere I looked.
The apse Mass, remembered all the monks who had celebrated Liturgy here, they felt very present and, I believe, pleased.
Setting sun and simple lines
Big ones too
There is something so open and free how nature has taken over with her own design.