9 September 2018
Departure Time: 06:00 am
Arrival Time: 3:25 pm
Distance: 31.6 kms
Cumulative Distance: 144.6 km
Percentage Completed: 15.64%
Accommodation: Hostal Rural San Andrés
Weather: Early thunderstorm, then warm and dry – 25 degrees
Today was a long 32 kilometre walk, which started badly but ended well. Our hotel was about 1 kilometre off the Camino path and we spent the first half hour walking in the dark in a thunderstorm. To make things worse we feared that we had taken a wrong turn in the darkened streets and decided to back track down a steep hill, only to get more confused. We flagged down a passing motorist, who advised us that we were actually on the right road, so we trekked uphill again in the rain and dark. We pitied the poor Hungarian woman who followed us, though I am sure she was eventually relieved that we were going the right way.
The day itself was largely uneventful – just a long trek through brown countryside in quite hot weather. Last year when we walked this way it was lush green wheat, whereas today it was brown, dry stubble. One interesting feature of the day was coming across a large party of Australians who were on a Camino Highlights Tour. We must admit they were quite annoying as they walked short distances, talked loudly and took up coveted seats at rest stops. Somebody labelled them Gucci pilgrims and this seemed appropriate.
The day finished extremely well. We arrived at our hostel tired, hot and thirsty, to be greeted at check in with an ice cold beer. Best we have had in our entire lives. We stayed in the small hamlet of Torres del Rio which was having a fiesta. It really was an entertaining couple of hours. We had a pilgrims meal at the hostel and were entertained by a couple of lively Brits. As sunset we were two happy, content pilgrims.
Too early for the wine fountain
“Parachute pilgrims aka Gucci pilgrims” taking over much needed rest stops
Fiesta day Torres del Rio
The above link plays a clip of the fiesta in Torres del Rio