Hotel Velada Merida
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My ankle was still swollen this morning (I kept it raised all night) but gave it a soft test run and decided I was ok to walk. Left slowly, but was rocking on pretty close to normal pace soon enough. Just watch where you put your feet ditz brain, stay off the rocks and on the grass as much as you can.
As we approach the first village hankering for coffee, there is a medieval bridge. We thought Roman, but map said medieval and that makes sense ...
... sheesh it's a bit sore now - no place for the weak - keep walking Lari!
Had my good laugh of the day before the sun rose. We were clearly walking direct East - could see the sun rising in front of us and buddy said we had to turn to the right to go north. WTF I say - North is on our left. He was adamant. I drew a primary school diagram in the sand (under torch light) of the four directions. Think my buddy felt a bit silly. Called it a major brain ...
... can see we cross this 'road/waterway'. Nothing for it, let's walk a little further. A cow in the paddock smirked at us telling us we'd missed the turn.
Yes, it is a waterway and obviously runs down to the reservoir. Trust the Romans to make sure they captured it all. Clearly still used by the farmers. Was fascinating to see! Today's history lesson over but certainly waylaid us for over an hour and a half, but what a way to be sidetracked! Totally blessed!
... rest then?
If you are interested in my history lesson........The Alcazaba Fortress of Merida was a stronghold built in approximately 835 AD, during the reign of Abd al-Rahman II. This commanding ninth century structure with its twenty five bastions remains today, albeit with medieval additions and renovations.The Alcazaba Fortress of Merida also has characteristics typical of other ...
... on the left as the sun rose to our right - pretty spectacular - interrupted by farmers bringing their tractors down the road while we jumped over and got scratched by thistles to stand in the vine paddock to let them pass. A few locals on mountain bikes because it's Saturday wishing us a Buen Camino but other than that just us and our thoughts and sometimes conversation. Did take a 20min break for some body fuel top,up but ...