Villafranca del Bierzo to Herrerias - 22.0 km

June 7
Lat: 42.672222 Lon: -6.978333

I got up at 6:00 this morning but wasn't leaving until 7:00 since breakfast was included with the room. Normally I'll leave early even if breakfast is included because I'll stop in a town about 5 km up the trail and eat, but today I'm taking a more wilderness route over the mountains and I won't be able to get anything for several hours. I finally got out on the trail at 8 a.m. and it went straight up. This is one of the optional routes that you can take. The other route is along a busy highway. I made the right choice on this route as did several others. It was a total woods trail and looked back on the city below. I only saw eight other people on this 11.7 km route before it rejoined the trail down below.

I hiked with a woman from Switzerland for a while and then the rest of the morning with a woman from Holland. People from all over the world are on this trail and they are all ages, from kids with their parents to people in their 80s. After I finished the wilderness option, I dropped down to the little town of Trabadelo where I had a cup of coffee before starting the road walk to Herrerias. It was a pretty uneventful walk except that I was back with the crowds of people. I think most people take the road walk option on this because it's not only level and shorter, but has places to stop along the way. I got to Vega de Valcarce about noon so I stopped in a bar/cafe and had a cup of tea before walking the last 3.5 km to where I'm staying tonight.

I had a reservation for a room at a Casa Rural Hostelles so I don't have to hurry to get a place for the night. They cost more than the albergues but you have your own room and bath and can wash your clothes. Hawk and Christine came in around 2 p.m. and missed the rains that came in. It had been a cool, overcast morning and finally rained some during the afternoon. They are calling for rain tomorrow when we have to climb up to O'cebreiro, but will face that tomorrow. Buen Camino!

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