Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo
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- Minbar in room
- Smoking rooms available
- Reduced mobility rooms
- Outdoor pool
- Non-smoking rooms
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This morning a thick fog sat over the valley covering Foncebaddon and its suburbs. I navigated through the city through the fog and when I stopped in at a farmacia, Britta walked on. It was such a serene morning, I was glad for the quiet. The path led through a city park and past a middle school where I saw groups of teens headed towards. A few years ago,I would have been inside the school, prepping for the kids' arrival with a mix of nervous anticipation and resignation. ...
... each other. It was great. Then we saw a young couple arrive still wearing their backpacks and wondered why they were here so late. It transpired that they are both from New York and they travel a very long way every day and just stop where they drop. Sometimes that's an albergue. sometimes a hotel and sometimes on their hammocks in the open air. They were both all-American kids and a joy to meet. They had been delayed in Ponferrada earlier because they saw the petals (see photo) ...
... the time we made it to Trabadelo we were both dragging our feet with backs bent under our backpacks and only too glad to be finishing. We crept up the last hill to an albergue (pilgrim hostel), got beds, showered, and I sat in the fading sun to stretch out the aches in my legs. Despite the afternoon struggles I was well proud with the distance we had accomplished, and happy with Day 1 even though I almost fell asleep in my spaghetti dinner ...
... in the wind behind him. It was seriously like a vision from a Mills and Boon novel. Not that I've read one, but it looked like a scene from a front cover of a romance novel. He was shouting out something urgently in a foreign and exotic language (well, Spanish), whilst turning around and looking behind him. Around the corner behind him, raced a second unicorn, following on its own, not tethered to him or the leading unicorn. My heart beat fast, and ...
... for a welcomed coffee. This morning tea break was welcomed as breakfast had been a non event and most of us were either hungry or in need if another coffee. We knew what lay ahead of us today and that we would need as much energy as possible for the last few hours. Arrival in Ponferrada - cheering Training Aussie team talked to some of the riders Big hill climb on way out Pub lunch - needed energy Coffee - but it was a cup of hot milk Most amazing day today's ride details ...