Day 11: Los Arcos to Viana

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Debbie and Tanya stride off.

Distance to go: 652 Kms

Today is our wedding anniversary. As a treat we decided to send our back packs ahead by car and walk with a minimum pack of water and a few supplies. Our walking buddies Keith and his daughter Tanya did the same to give their feet a well earned rest. We set off at 7am and as this was the forecast hottest day of the week so far we wanted to get moving.

The first part was fairly easy going on gravel farm tracks and the morning was cool and bright again.

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Torres del Rio church.

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Torres del Rio church.

We arrived in the village of Sansol and had a coffee and pastry for breakfast. It was just what the doctor ordered and hit the spot. Rejuvented we set off again and after a short walk arrived in Torres del Rio. In the middle of the town was the second octagonal church we saw so far. The first was at Eunate on day 8 and this was a little gem. At the entrance to Torres del Rio we spotted a man tending his vegetable garden and stopped to find out what he was growing. He spoke no english and our spanish was minimal but it made no difference. He waved us goodbye and bid us Buen Camino. You hear that a lot from other pilgrims but not so much from the locals who see pilgrims each and every day so it was special to us.

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Approaching Torres del Rio

After Torres del Rio we had a non stop run to Viana over undulating countryside. There were a few steep climbs and descents to test the feet out but again the heat was the main feature. Walking with only a small pack most definitely helped.

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27 years married.

We have chosen to stay in another pension for our anniversary. We can’t afford to do this every night for 6 weeks but tonight is special so we have treated ourselves.

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Shy pooch.

The dog of the day did his very best to keep his face away. Every time I tried to take a snap he would poke his head through the bead door curtain of the shop we had just left.


Distance walked today: 18.6 Kms

Mark Dexter 2015