Compostilla to Villafranca del Bierzo - 20.9 km

June 6
Lat: 42.609167 Lon: -6.811111

I was up at 6 a.m. after a not-so-good night’s sleep due to no air conditioning, but I was packed and ready to go. Hawk and Christine were also up and ready to move out. It was a very humid morning with a lot of cloud cover, but it looked like it would be a good morning to put in some kilometers. We knew that it was going to be a while before we could have coffee and something to eat. I finally got a cafe con leche in Camponaraya, where the woman was just opening up. I still wanted something to eat but it would be a little while for that. I got to Fuente Cacabelos where I found a nice little restaurant and I got a good cup of cafe con leche and some tostadas with jelly. It was just enough to get me on to Villafranca del Bierzo.

The trail for the most part this morning had a little more uphill to it, but all in all it was a good morning and wasn't that taxing to me. I got into town about 11 a.m. and checked into the “Hostelles.” It's a really nice, upscale establishment. It's close to places to eat as well as near the 12th Century Romanesque Church of Santiago that has the famed "Puerta del Perdon," Door of Forgiveness. As the story goes if you come to this church and go to the door and then for some reason you die before making it to Santiago then you will go to heaven! Anyway that's their story and their sticking to it.

This is a great town with lots of things to see and do, and the food just keeps getting better and better. I went to dinner tonight and had two nice pieces of grilled chicken breasts with French fries and a mixed veggie salad; for desert I got a medium-sized piece of ice cream cake. The meal also came with a full bottle of wine (red or white, my choice) and all of this was only 10 euros… not too bad if I say so.

Well it's time to turn in and maybe watch a little Spanish TV before going to sleep. More tomorrow. Buen Camino!

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