Monday, May 25, 2009

Camino Day 9 to Villafranca del Bierzo

We had our first rain, but not a wash-out. Yipee!

Early in the walk, we passed through a tunnel under a roadway. A pilgrim was sitting there playing his mandolin for all the rest of us to enjoy as we passed.

We walked 14 or 15 miles without much elevation change but many uphills and downhills that were not fully expected when we planned this longer walk. We arrived tired and happy. There were two periods with enough rain so we donned our ponchos. We passed through 6 quaint villages, vinyards between them, had orange juice and shrimp for lunch in a little bar, cafe con leche and sweet bread for a second rest snack at another little bar in another of the villages. Good conversations with many pilgrims along the way. Wine with some very fun Brits, now living in Toronto. Pilgrim dinner of local specialty foods...various cured meats and, of course, cheese.

Went to see a romanesque church before dinner and a pilgrim was there chanting "alleluias" Special!

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