7. Hostal Asturias to Hervás (19 km)

The people at the Hostal Asturias have put some blue  arrows on the highway to guide walkers back to the Camino. It involves about 1500 m along the highway and several (it’s hard to keep track!)) through quiet paths and country roads until it rejoins the official Camino.  It was a good choice.

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Hostal Asturias

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Cross here to leave highway

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The first step is the hardest

Aldeanueva was quiet, this being Sunday afternoon. We decided to take a side trip up the hillside to Hervás. Several people told us to follow the Camino out of town, and after the second roundabout, follow the road sign to Hervás.  It was all roadside walking – not a big deal but not ideal either. However it gave us a chance to watch a herd of sheep get herded across a modern highway.

Here are some cute springtime lambs, followed by a bovine pilgrim stopped in the path, watching us approach.

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Springtime in sheep country

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Buen Camino!

Entering Hervás, we were surprised to find a large thriving town. We had assumed it was a tiny hillside village. We trudged up the hill to the top of town to find the abandoned (for over 30 years) railway station where our accommodation was waiting. The albergue has been closed for over a year, but a couple of apartments are available in the buildings where railway workers used to live.

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