Leaving at Nautical Dawn,
the trek from Merida to the Embalse was straightforward and on paved path.
A gravel path took me around one side of the water,
where I watched the quiet sunrise.
Soon after, the flechas took me up between two bars.
In Melanie's VDLP app it just says to go
between Caramelo Beach and Chiringuito Rosendo.
I was looking for an actual beach
and nearly missed the turnoff up to the left.
|The Cruz Roja hosted a nesting stork.|
The pilgrim who passed me DID miss it and he caught up with me later.
The walk after leaving the Embalse continued on pavement
but was very pretty.
Soon I turned off to the left to walk a sandy path
through oak trees and countryside.
After, there was some road walking, but except for one pilgrim,
the Way was deserted.
I had to watch carefully for the turn off to the left,
at which point I found myself walking among fields of wildflowers.
Along the way were these tiny frogs on the path.
I had to be really careful not to step on them.
They were the size of my thumbnail.
|The flowers were so pretty!|
This was a beautiful walk that took me 4.5 hours to go 17 k. I'm slow.
|What are these seeds? They look like rattlesnake rattles!|
|See the tiny frog?|
I also saw other wildlife. . .
And some not so wild life…
Soon, I was seeing landmarks like this cross,
…and this graffiti.
Before I knew it,
I was in Aljucin.
The albergue here is small, but quite nice.
Here are some photos: