June 2 – Left our comfy Hotel Victoria for an 8 mile walk to Requejo de Sanabria. Another cool, clear morning. We crossed a bridge over the Rio Castro to exit Puebla, and followed the river for the first hour or so.
After leaving the river, which involved some rock hopping and wet boots, our route ran mostly along the roadside, sometimes on the asphalt, and sometimes on a tractor path next to the highway. Then we entered a shady wood.
Walking staff and shells of St. James:
More shells on the door:
Although the church is locked, there is a small shrine by the side door. As I approach it the light comes on. It is St. James, and a little plate with an image of Our Lady of Fatima.
St. James is in the middle:
And I guess a grumpy Madonna and child on top:
Shady trails the rest of the way to Requejo.
In Requejo, there were two hotels on the main road, with an alburgue between. At the first hotel, the proprietress waved us off and told us to go to the alburgue, although the hotel didn’t look like it had many customers. I guess she didn’t want to deal with hikers. At the Hotel Mar Rojo, we were given a comfy room and a good meal. 155 miles to go.
June 3 – Only six miles planned for today, and I will tell you why. When we started walking in Sevilla, the terrain was perfectly flat. Then we started gaining elevation, and the trail was a little more challenging:
So I overreacted just a bit, and asked Jim to break up the hike to Lubian with a night at Padornelo, at the top of the mountain.
Then we walked through a construction detour:
All that to say, the big climb was just not such a much, and we were at our hotel by 11am. I definitely could have made it to Lubian…
Where the townsfolk care enough to write their name on the hillside:
149 miles to go.