The trail today was interesting.
There were times I was walking
through fields of wildflowers, literally.
It is a beautiful Camino in the Spring!
If you are following Melanie's app,
there were again some differences.
I got to a place out of Alcuescar where the MAIN road
curved around to the left
and there was a small dirt path (with a flecha) off to the right (as her app states).
She says stay on the main road.
So I did. And guess what?
The road made a circular turn,
passed a hito pointing back to a different trail toward the Camino
and began heading back to Alcuescar.
In fact, I met pilgrims coming toward me.
So I turned around and followed the new path by the hito,
which appeared to be in the correct direction.
Soon I saw Casas ahead.
I decided to stay on the main trail and not turn off to Casas.
It worked out great.
At the big highway I turned right and walked about 1/4 mile to the trailhead,
missing the climb into and out of Casas.
I arrived in Aldea before noon
and was surprised to find 5 of the 9 best beds
being saved by a Spanish pilgrim who had bussed here early this morning.
A few folks who had planned on staying moved on.
I grabbed a bed.
Then while I was in the bar,
an official looking dude came in
to discuss booking the Albergue for workers on the rail and road.
I understand the are already booking beds up ahead.
Several walkers from the forum are having trouble up ahead.
So I'm thinking I may stop at Caceres this year and bus to Pamplona.
Maybe I will just do the VDLP in stages;
a little section each year.
But we will see.
I tend to change direction with the wind.
I do know I don't have the stamina nor the will to race for beds.
I'm here to walk.
I will decide after the rain stops