|Akina on the Medieval road toward Cardeñosa|
|Cattle grid on the route with an enormous red and yellow|
arrow cunningly marked!
through vanished villages. In the photo here of
|These are think are the ancient|
ruins of Cenalmor mentioned
in the guidebook
|Akina by the cross in Cardeñosa|
The roads also passed many of these wonderful village crosses, usually marking the village boundaries and the roads entering/exiting the village. This part of the route in some ways has felt the most like a medieval pilgrimage and these crosses would have been seen ahead, marking the way for many down the centuries. They are actually quite beautiful set against the skyline.
|The way out of Peñalba de Ávila|
All the villages were so quiet, almost deserted. We hadn't got food with us expecting that there would be a bar open as so far even on a Sunday we have been lucky, but on this occasion - we ran out of that commodity on the food front! We would see people disappearing into their houses with bread or shopping bags, but could not tell where they had come from. After a dog swap in Cardeñosa, I took Kaishi on with me while Michael headed back toward Ávila and a supermarket... the one he had seen was closed, but we were in luck and he managed to rustle up lunch for us for when we met south of Peñalba - even managing to get coffee and chocolate doughnuts! A real treat and worth the hungry moments during the morning!
|Wonderful ancient tracks were the main feature of the day|
and again we found many Medieval paved ways.
The scenery reminded me very much of the green lanes
and byways of England and there were a few times
when we could have been up on the Ridgeway
|Kaishi on one of the days Medieval roads|
|Sign outside the Albergue|
|Adobe walled buildings as|
you enter the town
|The wonderfully restored Albergue - has adobe walls|
and run on solar energy
|Washroom at the Albergue - all|
new equipment, clean and
|The sleeping accommodation - beware the other bunk|
does not have a ladder - as commented on by one
of the previous occupants! It can mean a climb over
a fellow pilgrim!
|The church at the end of the village|
as you head out on the Camino - next
to it is the "Pilgrim monument"
|Me with the pilgrim monument at Gotarrendura - just fabulous!|
|Rest area signed in|
|Notes showing route changes|
and tarred route
|The huge new road that is not marked|
on the map nor mentioned in the guide!
The Mala had now completed 634.4km at this point.