The first day's walk was long for me.
I realize I am quite out of shape.
But even so,
I enjoyed it and feel good to have made this first stage.
The scenery was awesome, as usual,
and I was happy to have left early
because the afternoon brought the heat.
|Check out the designs on the mule.|
|The WayMarks on the VDLP are square like this.|
I was tired, having gotten only 3 hours sleep
due to the roncadoras in the same room.
But otherwise, it was a great day.
A bit before I reached Villafranca, I saw this pump.
Two fellow pilgrims took a look, then walked past.
Off came my shoes,
and soon my feet were happily cooling
in a basin of cold water.
|Cooling down my feet.|
|Ahhhhh, that felt so GOOD!|
Soon, I was back on the track,
and the village was within sight.
Stopping to cool and rest your feet
is one of the keys to a good Camino!
Never hesitate to stop and take a rest.
After a while,
I came across this sign with arrows pointing both directions.
Which way would YOU go???
|Which way do I go???|
I made a decision and it turned out to be the correct one.
Soon, I was knocking at the door of the albergue,
which was very clean, and had a nice bathroom.
Funny how important BATH TUBS become on the Camino!
See more photos on the next page.
Tomorrow I will bus to Almendralejo
and walk to Torremejia
because there is no Albergue in Almendralejo
and I'm in no shape to walk 30-plus kilometers.