Day 38- Villafranca del Bierzo to Trabadelo

Walked Today: 6.0 mi / Camino2022: 253 mi

We slept in and didn’t begin our walk until 8:00. It was a chilly 54F with wind blowing 16mph…

picking up the Camino just after leaving Viña Femita at 8:00.

….but the wind died down as soon as we began following the gap in the mountain along the Valcarce River… that defined our walk this morning.

Here’s a pictorial account of 5 miles of our 6 mile walk:

Walking into the Valcarce Valley
a quick look back at Villafranca del Bierzo

The walk through the valley was very monotonous this morning. You can follow us along for nearly each bend in the road. Each photo is in sequence: top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right.

This albergue/bar is at the halfway point of this morning’s walk and would have provided a break, breakfast … but it was closed and has been for several months …
…. and based on the sign on the door, may be permanently closed. So we moved on to more monotony.
Finally getting off the highway for the final mile into Trabadelo

We breathed a sigh of relief when we reached this point. If you followed each of the photos in sequence and it seemed monotonous to you, you get an idea of what it was like to do it for 5 miles and nearly two hours!!

Whew! Finally a change in scenery.
A very old Chestnut? tree we think… but huge and majestic
looks like a lumber mill is nearby
pretty garden… and the lumber mill
Our Hotel Rural, Nova Ruta, in Trabadelo. A-6, Salida 415,
We have a nice large room (45€), meant for a small family, we think. We stayed in this same room in 2019.
Also, nice bathroom
… and great shower!! (even large bar of designer soap included)

We had lunch in the hotel dining room at 3:30…

We forgot both 1st and 2nd course photos until nearly consumed (must have been hungry). Chicken broth-pasta soup for Linda and Garbonzo ensalada mixta for Jim. Breaded chicken breast for Linda and stewed pig’s knuckle for Jim.
… and another nice Bierzo vino tinto .

… and napped, blogged and read for the rest of the afternoon. We opted to split a bocadillo for supper and call it a day.