Even though we stayed in a nice auberge with just 8 other pilgrims in our dormitory, the bunk beds squeaked every time someone moved or turned over during the night, so not a lot of sleep for either of us last night.
I’m completely recovered from whatever it was that slowed me down yesterday (thanks for your ‘get well’ messages) so we left the auberge at the pre-dawn time of 8am, knowing we would be walking higher and higher for most of the day.
We passed through a couple of small villages, El Ganso and Rabanal del Camino, which seem to owe their continued existence to the Camino – quite a few abandoned buildings with several auberges, a church or two, some houses and not much more. Pretty villages with stone buildings, and spectacular views of surrounding mountains, and down into the valleys below. Just out of Rabanal we met our friend Linda and we walked for the rest of the way with her today.
We walked 17kms today, climbing from 1100 to 1450 metres by the end of the day’s walk. There are snow markers on the road, so I guess they have white winters here. Tomorrow we’ll be at the highest point of our Camino, at around 1530 metres. We’re staying at an auberge which has pilgrim accommodation plus private rooms, so after our woeful night’s sleep last night, we’re in a private room tonight.