Camino Frances | Day 25
Ponferrada to Villafranca
Good morning on yet another rainy day, yay. Northern Spain is undoubtedly living up to its rainy weather reputation. On the bright side, I am now a week away from Santiago.
The one hour walk out of Ponferrada took by la Parroquia de Santa Maria de Compostilla, in the middle of a park in suburbia. Don’t forget to test your rain gear. Walking for hours on end under the rain takes a toll.
I met Fernando in the village of Columbrianos after crossing an overpass filled with inspirational quotes. I took the opportunity to escape from the elements at a bar in Puentes Nuevas and enjoyed a glass of orange juice.
The vineyards were a welcoming sight, even with the puddles and mud covering the path. I opted for a beef empanada at a bakery at Cacabelo over a snack at a pilgrim stand in the woods. I was lured into la capilla de san Roque by an old timer. I got a stamp and a tour of the place.
Made it to Villafranca around noon, wet and in desperate need of a laundromat. the unfriendliest of dog welcomed me to the municipal albergue. I was given a bed in a small room with a private bathroom that smelled of sheer pilgrim luxury.
Met two Spaniards I will walk with to Santiago. The sports tape has been doing its job taking care of hotspots and keeping me blister free.
Russian salad, chicken breast, red wine, and flan for lunch by the main square. Afternoon showers caught up with me while I was exploring the town and I had to make a run for the albergue.
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