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Day 2 Ronscavelles to Larrasoana 28 km

Left at 6.45pm so still dark. They farewelled us individually and pointed us in the right direction. Apparently we filled up and the overflow room was opened over the road where there was 200 beds in one room.

Crossed the road and walked past the sign saying Santiago 790 km.It was so wierd walking on this path in the pitch black with a full moon giving some light as I walked through this heavily forested wood . I couldn't see anyone behind me and every now and then spotted a silhouette in front. After nearly stumbling I got out my torch. It wasn't fully light until 7.30am. There was a sign at the end saying this had been a witchcraft coven area where witches had been burned at the stake in the 15 th century.

Came into a cute village called Burguete and called into a cafe for a cheese and tomato bocadillo...delicious and sat with Donna from Canada and Warren from Oz....my first aussie I have met. It was freezing cold about 7 degrees so we soon made a move again. I followed some people heading out of town and then a local leaned out has window and pointed us back. So easy to miss arrows or scallop shells on the sides of buildings!

Walked past lovely fields with mountain back drop filled with cattle and sheep. Through a couple more deserted villages and then stopped in at another village for a drink and to tend to sore feet meeting up with many of the same crew.

Leading into this villages was hanging out for a seat and a break and chance to rip those boots off. Always the best feeling taking them off! The small things in life now bring so much pleasure!!

After popping my blisters set off up a pretty steep hill. More beautiful views from the top and then a long section of 8 km to Zubiri. Started walking with an Irish girl and we chatted all the way and the time passed quickly. We sat in a town square and ate lunch ( I had my leftover bocadillo ). As soon as you stop it is freezing and the jacket needs to go back on. Sat and chatted with a south african couple who live in Pamplona who offered to take us around tomorrow as they were just doing 2 days of the camino and were catching a taxi back home. They gave me their number so will see what works out.

When I set out this morning wasn't sure where I would sleep and was considering Zubiri. I was there by 12.30pm and although my feet were sore and legs tired from a couple of steep descents felt I had another 5.5 km in me to get Larrasoana. Anne and I walked together...both of us suffering with sore shoulders and feet. Found a rest hut and fountain mid way where we sat for a few minutes but if you stay too long you seize up and it's like having to wind up again to get a rhythm going instead of a hobble. We were laughing at the language of the camino which was universal and understood by all was at the end of the day when people arrive to sit down there is a groan and an ahhhh as the back pack comes off the shoulders ....bliss!

Arrived into Larrasoana at 3 pm so an 8 hour day today. We went to the albergue and got our passport stamped and paid 6 euro for a bed. The main building was already filled so we were sent over the road to the over flow building and in a light airy room with 24 beds.

Best feeling was removing the boots and socks and putting your feet on the cold tile floor. After a shower Anne and I walked up to the bar to order our dinner and pay 11 euros. We ordered drinks and were then joined by Mike the Texan and Donna the Canadian and then Lisette from Denmark.

Had a wander around the small town -population 200, admired the old church with 2 massive bells and love hearing the church bells ring in all the cute places we stay in. Went to buy some snacks at the store and there was a crowd sitting on the footpath. It had a sign saying opening at 5pm but now at 5.30pm everyone gave up and left......it was on Spanish time. Tomorrow is Sunday and apparently nothing opens at all.

Great day, nice scenery, good company .....loving the camino!!

Nice dinner of soup, beef stew and rice pudding.

Dorm

Dorm


Beuatiful pathways

Beuatiful pathways


Sign opposite the monastery

Sign opposite the monastery


Deserted village

Deserted village


Off the roads onto paths

Off the roads onto paths


The colours of the morning

The colours of the morning


Paths

Paths


Pretty

Pretty


Lovely scenes

Lovely scenes


Rushing streams

Rushing streams

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Spain

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