ESCAMPLERO – VILLAPAÑADA

 

Until late into the morning, thick mist was covering the countryside. An incredible silence was laying over meadows and fields, only interrupted by the ringing of cowbells and occasional squawks of crows.

 

 

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Mullein and poppy

Mullein and poppy

 

 

 

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An unusual spider web

An unusual spider web

 

 

 

Hórreo

 

 

 

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After walking for more than 3 miles, I stopped in the village of Promoño to have breakfast.  Here, I also visited the Roman ruins of Valduna.

 

 

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Excavation of the Roman thermal bath Valduna

Excavation of the Roman thermal bath Valduna

 

 

In the town of Grado, there was market day. People were sitting in the outdoor cafes, selling, buying and negotiating.  I also bought bread, cheese and fruit for dinner and breakfast. The albergue I was planning to stay did not provide food.

 

 

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It was raining when I arrived at the albergue San Juan de Villapañada, located a bit off the main trail.  Many pilgrims had wet cloth.  The Hospitalero put a line across the room, where we hang our cloth to dry overnight.

 

 

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Sleeping room of the albergue San Juan

Sleeping room of the albergue San Juan

 

 

Cloth line above the dinner tables

Cloth line above the dinner tables