Two glorious, abeit physically -challenged days are now behind us. First, the journey to Mazarife was a little longer than we thought it would be. We ended up walking 15 miles and were exhausted when we finally made it. Heather was amazing. I knew she was hurting, but she never complained. Tio Pepe Albergue in Mazarife was friendly but somewhat noisy. Our room was quite small and the shower was a challenge, but we made it work. We had dinner with a French couple who were delightful, so I had a great opportunity to practice my French.
I woke up at 6 am and started rustling around the room. We were surprised to find that desayuno was includo, and even more delighted that the host made us some excellent Cafe Americano. We each had two cups and were soon on the road.
The remote country roads stretched out through seemingly endless corn fields that were lined by beautiful wildflowers, rosehip shrubs, and thickets of blackberry vines. Heather was fascinated by the wildflowers and stopped often to photograph them.
Before long we were entering Hospital de Orbigo and passing over the magnificent Puente Romana. From there it was just a short jaunt through though some active farmlands to Villares de Orbigo and our destination for the night, Albergue de Villares. This is a marvelous place with wonderful hosts and a relaxing atmosphere. More on our stay here in the next post.