26 October update
26 October update:
It took me two days to walk the 68 km from Salamanca to Zamora. Walking conditions were ideal although it is really cold first thing in the morning, about freezing. But by noon the temperature is in the mid to high teens which is great for walking. I may have to look for some gloves or mittens if this cool weather is going to continue.
Unfortunately yesterday, out of the 36 km
of walking, more than 20 were along the shoulders of a heavily travelled
two-lane highway, N360. This is one of the things that I donít like about the
Via de la Plata as compared to last year.
To this point there has been a much higher proportion of walking
along or on tarmac. It creates a lot of problems as well as being
The albergue had 14 beds.....there was no need for snoring protection as I was the only resident. Later I made myself a dinner of Garbanzo beans, chorizo, tuna and stale bread. Dessert was a few squares of dark chocolate......YUMMY.
As the sun was setting I sat outside
writing in my journal and watching a father with his young daughter, about 3
years old, using the playground equipment next door. Reminded me of doing the
same thing 30 years ago. Later a local dog came by and laid down beside me....it
was good to have some companionship.
Iíve been listening to the iPOD in the evenings....but today for the first time I had it on for a couple of hours while I was walking. I was listening to the US country singer, I canít think of her name right now......®Girls of the Eighties® is one of her great songs.
I have about 17-18 days of walking to go and am looking forward to coming home 3 weeks from today.