Day 52- Villafranca del Bierzo to Trabadelo

  • Distance Today                    6.3 mi
  • Distance Camino 2017    382.3 mi

Our entire walk today was on the road. Fortunately, we had a nice concrete barrier between us and the vehicles, mostly local cars, as we were also weaving through a gap in the mountains with the autovia crossing above us periodically. Also, fortunately, the road was flat with a very gradual upward slope.

We were dwarfed by steep mountains on both sides of us as we worked our way through the gap and we’re thankful that they were “up there” and we were “down here”. We’ll have plenty of mountain to climb in a couple of days.

We had a slight glitch in plans today. When we arrived in Trabadelo (pop.456) at our intended destination, the owner had never heard of us. Jim had listed the albergue in our itinerary as reserved through

But we couldn’t find the confirming email, etc from Booking. We’re guessing that we made the reservation on line but perhaps lost wifi during the transaction and we failed to verify that we had received the confirming email. Anyway, the place was “completo” but the owner sent us across the street to another “complete” hotel who also managed a nearby casa rural, which, lucky for us, was available.

We were grateful for the help as there is no way we or anyone else would have found the place we are staying in on our own. Which is probably why it was still available.

Our place for the day is a nice casa rural Rosalie(42€) with full kitchen, living area and nice outdoor patio. Another couple from northern Spain on vacation arrived around 8pm and occupies the other bedroom. We both have our own bathroom.

There isn’t much in this small village but we found a market a few doors up the street and got the fixin’s for lunch and dinner. So we shopped, cooked, napped, cooked, made reservations a few more days ahead and vegged the rest of day away.

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