The cat lady disappeared as soon as I asked if I could take her photo!
I had dinner with the two Australian women and a Dutch guy. It was fascinating to hear that they had been walking in s group of 8. I haven’t seen 8 pilgrims in one place , let alone 8 who were compatible enough, especially in walking speed , to stick together !
The road from Baños goes up into the hills through the pass that marks the border between the region of Extremadura and that of Castilla – León . My path took me along a restored section of Roman road and at this point you can see three roads. To the left is the state highway that I’ve been following for three weeks and that I’ve had to walk many kilometres on. Farther again to the left is the autopista or freeway which I’ve passed under and over many times.
A Roman mile comprised mille passum or a thousand paces . A pace meant the distance between each time the left foot hit the ground or approximately 1.48 metres. So this one is about 198km from Merida.
This reproduction showed what they originally probably looked like.
In the afternoon I passed through another small town. The lure of a refreshing ale after 29km walking was too great so I popped into the ‘Bar Pelegrino’
I arrived at Fuenterroble at about 3 after 7 hours of walking and 31km. The day was a bit easier than yesterday as it was mostly on gravel roads or trails – little bitumen ! Also the signage seems to be clearer and more consistent here in Castilla than in Extremadura though there’s no more of those cubes!
I found the Albergue quite full
and met a few of my friends from a few days back. There are quite a few Italians in the hostel and even one of the volunteers is from Ferrara. I even ran into Bruno and Maria who I hadn’t seen for weeks !