Yesterday afternoon Kev from California turned up in a police car. He’d got to the base of the final climb I mentioned yesterday and felt he just couldn’t make it. They took him to a doctor but all he could suggest is that it was the effect of drinking Seville tap water, but I drank copious amounts.
Last night I kept getting woken up through the night again by the cacophony of snoring – it doesn’t help when the days are long!
It was misty and dark when I called into a bar for breakfast at 8 am.
There were two options today – a short 15km walk to El Real de la Jara or a long 34km one through to Monasterio. I had planned on the longer walk , but I could barely hobble around after getting out of bed this morning, so I thought I’d see how it went . Staying in hostels, there’s no booking so it’s very flexible .
I used my walking sticks to take some weight off my legs. Shades of Modigliani.
The walk today took me through open country with four types of oak tree including the cork oak. This is country is called called ‘dehasa’. Pigs, of a breed thought to date back to Neolithic times, roam freely through the forest eating the acorns and fertilising the trees. Sheep and goats can also be seen.
This is a cork oak, showing where the cork was cut off some years ago.
On the edge of town is an impressive castle and there’s another one a few kilometres further on.
The afternoon was a long and somewhat arduous walk without much shade.
I ran into Bruno and Maria from Rome. They’d started the same day as me but I hadn’t seen them as they are staying in hotels rather than hostels.
What country am I in again ? Could be a Mt Cootha walk!
I finally arrived in Monasterio around 5pm after 9 hours on the road. I was tempted by a special Pilgrim offer of a hotel on the edge of town – €25 for room with my own bathroom AND my own power point, dinner and breakfast and no snoring except my own!
Monasterio is a nice little town. This is the Mudejar ( Muslims living under Christian rule) style church with the obligatory storks’ nests.