Estalagem Santa Catarina
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... an extension of the Meseta of
Spain and less heavily forested than the hills country I was in over the
previous day and a half in the province. The area around Miranda is said to
have a regional language still in use in some of the smaller villages that’s
closer to old Iberian Latin than Portuguese or Spanish, which probably explains
why some signs in the area are in a weird second language.
... and we had packed by having the lights of both shower/toilet blocks on. So seated in the ladies shower block, with a chair hosting Hedleys butt and mine hosted by the loo, we got the job done - but if anyone had walked in some crazy questions may have been asked. Good morning giggle.
Hi ho down the road and soon on the dirt road traipsing through yet more farmland. Yet the path is clearly marked despite construction works. We soon feel trees around us and ...
... But it goes on and on and on, pretty but monotonous, simply wheat, lucerne, canola, rapeseed, barley, ploughed dirt or plots of fallow ground. 12kms of it!
Grateful that some guys on bikes passed us. We saw up ahead they were going over a bridge. This is through rural heartland and roads made so agricultural vehicles don't disrupt the highway. Our brains engage as we notice that they went far right to cross and we can see either rail track or something to the left. ...
... to work out how it goes? No wonder all distances are +/- a few kms!
Come over the hill as we hit Zamora and there a distance in front of us is the old walled city where our digs for tonight will be. Love staying in the old cities, they are truly beautiful. But first...........there's a cafe! 10 minute stop.
Our stone bridge is 'new', built 1835-6. Remains of the old medieval one is in the river but clearly they didn't build like the Romans! Have some ...
... anyway - no kitchen - humph - downstairs is a room for about 12 people - upstairs are smaller rooms - nothing exciting. Found the bar - cooffeee! According to notes all keys for albergues are at the bar - not true - but this IS rural Spain so???? Have a bite to eat - talk to girl behind bar - shows us where the other (municipal) Albergue is - no keys - it's open, go in - ahhhh a hot plate - yay we can cook dinner - set our bags ...