Day – 27 Fromista – October 12th
Meseta is quite a change and is challenging in its own right though much easier walking. You are presented with bleak landscape contributing to some boredom, plus heat, etc.
This section really highlights the remarkable irrigation system of canals and viaducts. I am told that is much more sophisticated than it appears. The Spanish developed irrigation systems before the Romans.
I stopped at the main canal junction to say hi to Marianne the donkey, who is pulling the car/cart, to give her an apple.
I ended up chatting with a couple of very lovely and cheerful Irish girls who said that my hat made me look like a Shaman.
As soon as I checked into the albergue I became stomach sick making for a long rough night. The hosptilera was very kind and provided a blanket.
Day – 28. Poblacion
In the morning I felt better, not too great but decided to head out anyway. I had walked only 3k to the first albergue which happened to have a chair by the entrance, so I decided to rest a minute. I soon realized I was exhausted. The place looked very inviting so I went to check in for the night at 9:30am.
This was by far the nicest and best designed albergue I’ve encountered. It appears to be very new with only 12 beds in six bunks of sorts. The top bunk is a walk up and each space has privacy curtain, a nightlight and electric outlet. (Some places you will find a half dozen phones plugged into one.
The sign advertised Reilke so I requested a session. It turns out that the local “healer” came for the session. Who would have known that 24 hours after being told I looked like a Shaman I would be seeing one! Interesting experience….
Basically, I slept the better part of 24 hrs. I joined the evening meal for a test of food and to be socal but left soon to continue resting.