Went a bit farther than planned today because a lot of places are closed for the winter.
The day started quite foggy and chilly.
By the time I got to Villafranca del Bierzo, where I had to make a route decision, the fog was still in the hills. I had 3 choices… (a) most scenic IF the fog burned off, involving some serious ups and downs (like 400 m up and down, THREE times!) and a significantly longer distance, (b) quite scenic route IF the fog burned off, involving one 450 m climb and 400 m descent, (c) shortest lowest route following roads through the valley with no hills. I pretended to consider the options and decide on the basis of the fog still shrouding the hills.
Are you surprised that I chose (c)? The fog did burn off and I pretended to be surprised and disappointed that I didn’t take a higher route.
In fact, my route was not bad. It was on a path separated from a road on one side that had little traffic, and a lovely river on the other side.
Nearby there was an impressive new highway and overpasses.
As the sun went down behind the hills, I looked for suitable accommodation. I had decided I was ready for a cheaper dorm tonight and finally found a good place – Albergue Sarracin in Vega de Valcarce. Just me and one other person there, for €10.
The bar is nice, with the owner family eating at the next table, and I’ve had a better-than-average pilgrim meal – I asked for salad instead of fries.
There is a strange middle-Eastern/bollywood movie (dubbed in Spanish) on the TV.
It is warm here in the bar, but I might need to wear my down vest and merino neck warmer to bed, unless the albergue heating has started up.
I can’t believe what a long post I’ve written on an uneventful day!