We had breakfast in bed (chocolate pastries)
and headed out into. the cool of the morning.
The day got hotter, all the churches were closed,
and the coffee shops didn't exist!
The hills got steeper, the sun got hotter
and we stopped at a closed church
consecrated in 921, the oldest on this part
of the camino. Apparently it had old wall paintings and the
key was available from the hostel nearby.
Which is closed on Mondays. We stopped for lunch and
chatted to the Australian couple
we had met a few days ago.
The next section still went up and down,
and the sun was still hot, but there
were some shady country paths
which was a relief.
We nearly missed a pilgrim test stop,
common in France but rate here,
with shade, tables, water and vending machines.
A most welcome break!
Arriving in Villaviciosa,
the apple centre of Asturias, we located our
hostel quickly, but couldn't get in until we phoned
a lady who it turned out was having her lunch next door!
We wandered around the town, visiting three open
churches, and had a hot chocolate and churrod.
We stocked up on our supplies, and Sue cooked a
delicious chicken stew for supper