2. Aljucén to Cáceres (59.7 km)

No, we didn’t walk it all. In fact we walked only the last 11.9 km from Valdesalor to Cáceres.

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After a bad night’s sleep and continuing jet lag we were feeling somewhat down, even though the day was crisp and sunny. The prospect of starting a 20 km section, with no amenities and no energy, to reach a village with only one basic albergue, did not appeal. So we  jumped ahead 48 km by taxi, and walked the last 12 km into Cáceres,  which has UNESCO historic city centre. Some refreshments at an outdoor patio, while we watched a fridge delivery, perked us up.

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This activity was a spectator event watched with enthusiasm by the seated patrons and passersby.

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To further cheer us, there happened to be a 4-star right behind us…

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Tomorrow’s schedule again calls for some creativity. The first portion of 11.4 km is apparently mainly highway walking to Casar de Cáceres, where there is accommodation. We  could walk that but it would not be a  particularly pleasant walk.  Then there is a 22.5 km stretch to a fishing lodge that doesn’t seem to be open, followed by 11.2 km to Cañaveral. We are not ready to take on 34 km yet, as we haven’t done much walking at all in the last couple of weeks. We will figure out a taxi or bus assist for tomorrow.

With the last few days being rather disjointed, we don’t feel like we’ve really started the Camino yet. Hopefully, once we get past Embalse de Alcantara tomorrow, we’ll get into a rhythm.