Herrerias to Alto do Poio - 16.9 Km

June 8
Lat: 42.711944 Lon: -7.126111

I got up at 6:00 this morning and was packed but the weather was terrible outside. It was drizzling with heavy fog and cold; thankfully it wasn't windy. We ate breakfast at 7 a.m. and then hit the trail at 7:30 a.m. We had an 8 km climb up to O'cebreio and it was an all mud trail. About 2 km into the climb, I disappeared into the fog, never to see anything. A little bit farther, the trail got a little steeper and the fog turned into a light misty rain, but it still wasn't windy. It's tough hiking in shorts and a T-shirt with the wind blowing. It was not even a good day for frogs as I saw a number of them dead in the trail. Today’s high only reached 49 degrees.

After just about two hours, I finally got to the top and the little town of O'cebreio where I went looking for a restaurant to get a cup of hot tea, but nobody was open. I started to push on through the town when I saw a man put his menu board out so I asked if he was open and he said yes. I went in and had a cup of tea to warm up. I guess that some folks from England had the same idea. We sat there for about an hour and talked and drank tea to warm ourselves. Finally we all decided that it was time to move on. I went outside and knew right away it was going to be jacket time. It was raining, and NOW the wind was blowing.

You couldn't see more than about 10 to 15 feet in front of you and the trail markers were going to be very difficult to see. As I left there was already a couple heading out the wrong way so I called to them to let them know the way to go. Several times I had to double check the path and backup and look for a marker. As the day progressed, the weather only got worse. I finally got to the little village of Alto do Poio at 12:15 p.m. and Hawk and Christine didn't come in until about 3 p.m. They said that they got turned around and went on the wrong trail coming down. We had something hot to drink to warm up and Hawk and Chris went and took a nap. They asked the owner if he was going to turn on the heat in the rooms and he said no. "Heat finito! " In Spain they only turn the heat on if it's very cold and also only for a few hours and then it's off. I guess we'll have a pile of blankets on tonight.

The woman who runs the place is a really nice lady. She's from Romania and speaks good English, Spanish and French. She and her mother made dinner tonight and it was wonderful. I had almost a half a chicken, the obligatory French fries, and homemade vegetable soup. I had two bowls of it and could have made a meal on it and the bread. For dessert she had made a cheese cake and I had a slice of that. After dinner we all sat and talked to four Portuguese fellows who were really funny. Finally I came up and got ready for bed.

Hopefully tomorrow will be prettier and warmer… only time will tell. More to follow tomorrow. Buen Camino!

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