Last night I shared a room with Enrique from Seville. He’s a slow speaker so we were able to have quite a good conversation in Spanish.
In the morning, I headed off through the town and across the fields at 8.30.
Not long after, Luís from Barcelona caught up with us and we walked together for a while. Soon though Luís and I were walking alone as Ruth stopped for a coffee in a village and we kept going.
We passed some very big vineyards . We are in the Ribera wine region. It’s strange that in this hot climate they’re only harvesting the grapes now late in September. The vines are cropped to be very low.
Luís and I chatted a lot in Spanish – I’m slow la improving. He suggested a stop when we found a tree for some shade . Eventually one appeared but it was a bit hard to get to because there was ditch on one side. I tried the other side which was grassed over and gingerly felt the way with my walking sticks. All of a sudden the ground gave way and I found myself up to my head in a deep ditch. Luckily Luís is a strong young bloke and with his help I was able to get out. Of course I landed in my sore leg which was a bit more painful for the rest of the day!
The next tree was a lot easier to access and I had a nice feed of figs.
I suggested that we take the original route as it was in my GPS. This lead us along railway tracks to a set of goods sidings with a high barbed wire fence. For a while we thought that we were going to have to go the whole back around the other way – an extra 6 km!
Eventually we found a way of scrambling over a side fence .
Not long after we arrived at a wonderful hostel run by the Amigos of the Via de la Plata.
Zafra is an attractive provincial town.