Today seemed better, from the start. I followed all my rules about breakfast, what to wear, where to put things in my pack, and left the hotel at 7:30 am, feeling good. It was a lovely day – clear and warm but not too hot. I would walk and see how the first 12 km felt, since there was a train station in Loriguilla and I could always bail there.
It went well. I felt like I was on a Camino, and could do it. Here are some animal photos for the grandchildren.
Twelve km later, Loriguilla was a lovely town. I had a hearty second breakfast – the classic juice + tortilla + café con leche, with a few olives thrown in. Then I passed Casa Señora Itziar, which was also open and busy, although the store was closed (being Sunday).
No doubt about my fortitude today. I continued on to Cheste. The Hostal Restaurant El Sol was closed (being Sunday) but no problem, I can deal with this. I called the hotel in the next town, but no answer. Called the next after that, which is where I have a reservation for tomorrow, and convinced the fellow to let me have a room for tonight too (I think they were “closed” today, too. Phone calls in Spanish are a challenge, but we reached an understanding.) Walking onward, with a stop for cerveza con limon, I found the Cheste train station and successfully bought a ticket from the machine.
A little train trip, 10 minutes walk, and I arrived at the Hotel Condes de Bruñol – my home for 2 days. The owner, Fidel, didn’t have his usual staff on duty today. Fun fact: He was born 75 years ago in that very building.
4 thoughts on “Day 2. Manises to Cheste (24.8 km; I walked 28 km)”
Glad to see you’ve found your stride.
Love your adventures. We met on a 2014 Camino in Oct/Nov. I am wanting to go back.
Yes, I remember! I had to leave that camino early for family reasons, but have been back every year since, except for 2020 and 2021, of course.
I’m so glad you were able to walk 28 km! That is great news.