That’s about 3 km more than the guides say, but I’ve decided to give my own distance, when I measure it.
I took my time getting started, and took my time en route, because my AirBnB host (Guty) wasn’t available until 3:30 pm. So, I literally stopped to smell numerous roses and look at flowers, fruit trees (cherries, apples, pears), grape vines, and garden plots. I even read the notice boards in the 3 or 4 villages. Most people would be pushing through to cover more distance. One pilgrim passed while I was sitting on a rock just off the path, and another – José from Lugo – gave me these 2 little dangly things for my backpack.
The walk today was pleasant – mid 20s, with some cloud, no big hills, and lots of spring growth
Here in Santalia del Bierzo, this AirBnB is a quirky old house. I asked how old the house is, but Guty just said “old.” Not gentrified with private bathrooms, charging stations in every room, level floors, or tight-fitting doors. As far as I can tell there are 2 AirBnB bedrooms, Guty’s, and one tiny bathroom – but it is rather cute..
I have toured the garden – I always like to see and discuss the plantings and local gardening practices when I travel. I clucked to the chickens. There is a dovecote (new word of the day – “palomar”) that is being renovated to be rented out. I just heard some horses neighing and looked outside to see 4 on the property next door. The environment is very peaceful and I’m glad to be staying here.
Guty is very nice. She has just prepared a delicious supper for me – all locally or home made – squash soup, salad, tortilla, roasted peppers, cecina, and wine.
That’s about it, for now!