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Day 6 Villamayor to Viana 30 km

Woke up at 6am and the others had already left!!! Left 6.30am around the same time as 6 others and it always amazes me how quickly everyone separates as they get into the rhythm of their walking pace. Very soon you find yourself alone and just see people in the distance on hills or around bends. Beautiful walk this morning through gorgeous rolling hills and farmlands, not seeing any towns or roads for 11.3 km. Beautiful sunrise behind and love walking in the cool and soft light before the sun is fully up. No traffic sounds...just incredible quiet...just beautiful !!!

Reached Los Arcos a small town of 1,300 and starving by now and had my usual chocolate pastry for around 1 E. Spain is so cheap and much cheaper to buy food here than home. Sat in the lovely town square and caught up with Magda and Barbara from Poland and the Singaporeans. Unfortunately my wonderful cheapie sandals had produced massive blisters on the outside of both feet( just so I can have blisters totally around the outside now !!) Popped and dressed them but they were too uncomfortable to walk in so sat outside the cemetery which is always on the outskirts of town and put on the boots. They hurt too but just had to wear them.

The rest of the day was incredibly hard walking in hot sun over hilly terrain with very few towns to pass through. From Los Arcos it was 20 km to Viana where I planned to stay. The only 2 towns were Sansol and Torres del Rio which were like twin hilltop towns with just a ravine separating them. I had considered stopping in Torres but decided I could do the last 11 km...a decision I regretted as I plodded/ hobbled the next few hours arriving into town at 3pm in soooooo much pain. The first 20 km today took 5 hours and the last 10 km took 2 1/2 hours.....slowed down big time.

One of the hardest bits was seeing a sign saying 7.8 km to go and then walking for ages and seeing another sign and feeling like , it must be only 2 km to go and it was still another 3.8.........eeeks! Climbing up one of the steep hills I joined a couple of cyclists resting on a seat and sat with them and found out they were from Uraguay. Neither of us spoke each others language but we worked out where we were from and where we were going. I set out downhill before them and as they flew past they yelled out Buen Camino Australia! The camaraderie on the trail is so beautiful

Booked into the municipal hostel called Andres Muniz which sleeps 54 in triple bunks. I was in a middle bunk and that one was hard enough to get into. It was originally a monastery and next to this ruined old 13 th century church which you can look around in. Behind it is a beautiful grassy terrace to hang out and look down to Logrono where we walk tomorrow.

Hurt getting the boots off and then hobbled even more after my shower. Took 45 minutes to fix the 6 blisters I acquired today and it seriously hurt!!!!

After a rest I felt better and had a wander around this gorgeous little town. Hung out or a while with Zitsa from Holland who is about 25 and like most people I meet walking the camino alone. She has managed to have just 4kg in her backpack.....so impressed. She doesn't have a watch, phone or camera! ( Met up with her later down the track and she had found love on the Camino!) Met up with Lisette (Denmark) & 2 Belgium ladies and had a drink at the local bar

Again until the siesta is over the town is deserted. Love how at 5pm it comes to life......shops open their shutters, the squares are filled with families and children running around everywhere. Parents have a drink from one of the bars standing beside the big kegs and it is so lovely and social. The children play outside until 9pm.

I bought a good pair of walking Sandals for 45E and hope my difficult feet will like them. Stocked up on compeed from the pharmacy and more blister dressings. Had a paella for dinner for 6 E ( ate with the Singaporeans)with a coke and then treated myself to a 30 minute shoulder massage for 22 E. Walking home from that old ladies were coming out of the church from evening mass to sit in the town square and there was the lovely evening coolness

In bed by 10pm and most people in my room already asleep and some already snoring! The earplugs don't do much but I wear them anyway.

Huge Blister

Huge Blister


Cracked heels and bandages over the blisters

Cracked heels and bandages over the blisters


Compeed blister bandaids savd my feet

Compeed blister bandaids savd my feet


Viana town Square

Viana town Square


My new sandals saved my feet and life!!!!

My new sandals saved my feet and life!!!!


Sunrise on path to Los Arcos

Sunrise on path to Los Arcos


Sunrise beauty

Sunrise beauty


Sunrise

Sunrise


Melanie & Michael

Melanie & Michael


Sunrise

Sunrise


Long Shadows

Long Shadows


Los Arcos

Los Arcos


Los Arcos

Los Arcos


Church in Los Arcos

Church in Los Arcos


Long Trail ahead

Long Trail ahead


Village on a hill

Village on a hill


Round church

Round church


Cemetries are always outside the  village

Cemetries are always outside the village


Long afternoon walk

Long afternoon walk


Church beside albergue in Viana

Church beside albergue in Viana


Viana Albergue

Viana Albergue


Viana

Viana


Viana

Viana


Blisters on my little toe

Blisters on my little toe


New massive blister

New massive blister


Another one

Another one


So big!

So big!


Triple bunks - I had a middle one

Triple bunks - I had a middle one

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Spain

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