We set off with toast and coffee
in the local bar, and started off
uphill past old homesteads,
continuing with the extensive views
over the surrounding countryside.
At a little stone chapel we found a bag
someone had left behind, and although
Sue carried it with her all day, we never
found its owner. At the top of the hill,
we had a good view of the reservoir
that we had to walk down to, but it seemed a long way away!
The way down was long and winding,
but not too steep, and eventually
we made our way across the dam
and up to a restaurant, where we regaled
ourselves with fish, potatoes and salad.
From there it was uphill on roads
and then old tracks into the town of Grandas de Salime, where we had hoped to stay, but found no free beds.
There, we spent some time looking
around the Ethnographic Museum of traditional Asturian culture. which had a lot of fascinating exhibits,
including beehives protected by bear-proof walls, which we realised we had seen in real life earlier that day!
It was late and starting to rain, so we took a taxi, driven by the mother of the lady in the grocery store,
to apartments run by a south African and a northern Irishman who knew the town Angus grew up in.
We were joined by six other pilgrims who also had not been able to find beds in the previous town.
We chatted with Manfred in German about nutrition, and with our hosts in English about food, gardening
and everything in between, so we got late to bed!