Day 8 – Obaños to Mańeru

Walked- Today:3.00 mi Camino 2022: 48.5 mi

sunrise outside our Casa Raichu window this morning

We walked through Puente la Reina this morning on our way to Mańeru.

Crossing the Puente la Reina bridge
looking back at the “Queen’s bridge“

We’ve never stayed in Mańeru before but have passed by the El Cantero albergue three times. Staying here tonight cuts what would be a long 8 miles into two easy days… consistent with our Camino 2022 plan.

the flat walk from Puente la Reina before climbing the mountain into Mańeru.
a break in the shade… sun bearing down unmercifully by 10:30
getting a breather in the shade halfway up the mountain
very steep climb at the summit
walking into Mańeru

Most albergues will not open to guests before 1:00. Today, El Cantero was no exception. We arrived at 11:16 a.m. and had to wait until 1:00 p.m. to check-in and have access to our reserved room.

waiting to check-in

Jim approached the “time keeper” and pointed to his watch that it was 1 o’clock. The guy looked around, frantically and said 10 more minutes. Jim came back at 1:10 and with the apparent owner and the lady who confirmed our reservation via telephone yesterday, present, the check-in process began. Our double room with private bath is 45€.

Home at last… until tomorrow morning.

Tonight we skipped a pilgrim dinner offered by El Cantero, opting instead for our late-lunch bogadilla leftovers and assorted fruit drinks and cookies purchased at a local market.

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