Camino Primitivo-Day 3 La Doriga to Salas
The best laid plans often go awry. Once again we were being beat down by the heat wave. We ended stopping in Salas, I think it hit almost 80F on some stretches of today’s walk. I have a thermometer attachment to my pack and it’s never lied to me. Our plans to stop at the monastery in Cornellana didn’t work out, but we walked past it today.
Once again we were helped out by a couple working on their house who offered to refill 2 liters of water. There had only been one fountain along this stretch. By the time we reached Salas at noon, I was seriously eyeballing the taxi on the corner and considering it to move forward on our destination.
We stopped for a snack (2 chicken sandwiches and 2 mineral waters for 4 Euros) and I quickly (more like an hour later) recalculated a different plan. From here to Bodenaya, which was our designated next stop, was another 8 Km. And all up a steep hill with no water fountains. We had already walked 13Km in some serious heat. We decided to stay in Salas and proceed to Tineo tomorrow. This will throw off my schedule for the next few days and likely mean no rest day in Lugo. Not a big deal. We’re meeting Steven, Billy’s closest friend (one of our best men at our wedding) in Lugo so as long as we arrive on time there we’re good.
We walked through a lot of pastoral areas today. All of Asturias is agricultural and we got to see a lot of cows and sheep doing what cows and sheep do 🙂
We decided to stay in Salas at Albergue de Campas across from the church. We scored a private room (a bunk bed and a single) and the place had a washing machine which made washing clothes go faster. We ate across the street at a little place called Casa Pachon.
I walked into the restaurant and told the guy we wanted to eat. He sat us down and proceeded to bring out a 7 course meal. No menu. He just feeds you and you eat. 10,000 calories later he has the guts to ask if we were satisfied or if we needed more 🙂 The funny thing is that I asked him what we were going to eat and he just kept saying don’t worry there’s more coming! If this was anywhere except Spain I would have lost it. Instead, it just made us laugh. Of course the food was delicious. Total cost for all of that plus 4 mineral waters was 20 Euros. Insanely cheap as usual.
I’m headed to bed early so we can start walking by 6:00 am. Temps are supposed to drop to 50sF and I’m praying they are right! I’m also finding it difficult to post daily since the phone app is buggy and the WiFi access is sketchy. I may have to resort to taking notes and updating the blog after I get home.