Today is a long day – 29 km with the first 16 km along a bitumen road, then 12km thought a forestry area with a nice little 130m climb right at the end.
At the suggestion of the hospitalier, 4 people are paying for a taxi to take them the 17km to the start of the forest track. A young Russian couple headed off at 6.30am in the pitch dark and two Dutch guys did the same at 7 am.
I’ve been waiting til 8 am so that I can see where I’m going as the sun doesn’t rise til around 8.30. I’ll be walking alone. Despite not feeling too well, Kev has decided to walk today but he’ll be an hour or so behind me.
This is the view from the hostel at 8 am.
Spain is in the same time zone as France, Italy and so on i.e. an hour ahead of Greenwich. This is curious as almost all of Spain is west of Greenwich and the area I’m walking in is due south of Ireland.
Breakfast time in downtown Castelblanco.
The first 17km were a bit hard though luckily there was mostly a gravel edge I could walk on and the traffic was light.
Self portrait :
Lunch was some tuna with a few bed rolls I bought yesterday in the shade of a tree .
More Australian gum trees – which country am I in again ?
Passing by the forestry centre I was able to fill up with 2 more litres of water- I only carry 4 and I ended up drinking almost 6 today!
The final little challenge was a climb up this hill. It was at 3pm which is the hottest time of the day with the sun directly overhead due to the time zone situation I described above as well as daylight saving.
Things were a bit quiet in town at 4pm as its a bit hot but I think my washing will dry quickly !