|Cave house as we head uphill from Bercianos|
And again, another beautiful day for walking the camino. The early morning was fresh and the birdsong filled the air as we headed up from the flock filled flat lands and headed up a steep climb to another woodland. On our left as we headed uphill were a few cave houses, really cute and welcoming "homes" unlike most that we have seen which have been a bit ramshackle and neglected.
|Akina showing off her discovery|
As Akina and I neared the top, there were tracks in different directions and it was unclear which way to go. There were none of the usual arrows, and then Akina found an enormous peregrino built arrow which some kind soul or souls had spent time and effort constructing so that others would not lose the way. Akina posed next to it to show exactly how large it had been built! It was a very impressive and rather beautiful arrow! Thank you to whoever took such consideration and showed such mindfulness.
|The wonderful sign with all the contact|
information for the pilgrim
|Akina by the little shelter and the camino marker|
As we headed on through the woodland and made a dog swap, I took Yume on with me. As I walked I could hear a strange and rhythmic noise echoing through the trees. It seemed to stop when I did, yet it also sounded like the rhythm of running. I have to say it was a bit freaky for a while, but it must have just been the acoustics of the forest, because before long a lady came past jogging with her two dogs! Yume of course wanted to join in and had one of her squeaky, lacking impulse control moments but she settled and was very good at staying with me. We were wished Buen Camino and I think she suggested that she would be coming back - which she did some time later, jogging her way back towards and past us. Yume was even better this time, but still wanted to join in.
|The trail through the woodland|
|The little rest hut built for peregrinos|
On entering the town we saw yet another of these stuffed "people" hanging up on a post... it's obviously something they do here and maybe something to do with football??? I have no idea, I was trying to read the scarf!
Yume was not able to shed any light on the situation either, but did offer to pose next to one of the inspirational markers that are dotted regularly along this part of the route. As I write this, over three months since walking, she looks so small and puppy-like! I can't believe how much she has changed since these photos were taken, although she hasn't lost much of her puppy nature.
Casa Anita continued to advertise itself and when we found the hostel itself it was lovely and I wished that I had found out about it sooner to book a night there myself. I would thoroughly recommend others to try it! It also looks very welcoming and is definitely an upmarket hostel from the municipal one which is no longer open - hence why I could not get a response when trying to book!
|The old hostel|
The cabin was pet friendly and it was great to stay with all the dogs. It had a lovely little veranda to sit on and enjoy the evenings and have supper while unwinding from the day's walk. It was very quiet as it wasn't yet "in the season" for holiday makers and often we felt like we had the place to ourselves. The staff were friendly and there was a nice field in which to give the dogs their evening run, just a short walk from the cabin. The cabins were at "Cabañas Maleixas" in Sanabria, a stunning area and with great walking close to the mountains. Only 270 Euros for two people for a week (including the IVA).
At the end of the day's walk, there had been great peace among the trees the lovely camino signs and a cute little cross attached to a tree with a marker below.
The allotments along the route are tended beautifully and with great care. I rested
frequently on this last part, as I said, just one of those days where I felt particularly tired and Akina wasn't complaining at a quick snooze either while I had a reviving snack on left over lunch.
Finally, when we met the back up vehicle, there was an amazing camp site at the end of the day's route, where a couple of families had set up camp and strung a tented roof through the trees over their cars and camping area. It was quite amazing and looked like a great idea. However, we were all set for our week at our cabin and a nice cold beer to celebrate in birthday style!
|Birthday Celebration - cold beer at our cabin for the week|