Day 32 - Trabadelo to Ruitelan

Date: June 5, 2015

Location: From: Trabadelo To: Ruitelan

Mileage: 9.1 km

Weather: Beautiful Blue skies with light breeze

Temperature: Mid 60s° F at 6:00 a.m. and 73° F at 5:30 p.m.

Lodging and Cost: Pequeno Potala – 37€ including the best dinner that I’ve had on the trail

GPS Location: ’42.672920” N and ’ 6.966937” W

Highlights: Nice easy walk up a small lazy road with no traffic

Summary of the Day:

I slept in this more until 6:00 a.m. as it was going to be a short day and there was no rush because the place we’re staying didn’t open until until 1:00 p.m. The three of us (Ross, Athenia, and myself) got up and slowly packed and then went down to breakfast. The hostel owner fixed a really nice simple breakfast for us, café con leche and toast and jelly, all we wanted of both for only 2.50. This was actually inexpensive as most places that I went charged 3.50. We all finished at about 7:20 and put our packs on for the short walk to Ruitelan, only a few towns up the road. We just walked along and talked and in no time we were there.

It 9:45 and we went to a little Bar ate a full breakfast and then went to the local park and rested in the shade. It was a great way to spend the morning. There were a lot of folks passing by as the headed toward O’Cebreiro and we were glad that we decided on a short day to avoid the up coming heat of the day as well as battling for a bed in the only albergue up there. We will have our own bedrooms and a good meal and plenty of rest for an early climb in the morning first thing.

It was finally 12:45 p.m. so we packed up and headed up the street toward the Albergue to get in our rooms. After we got registered we were told that our rooms were down the street and that dinner would be served at the Albergue. I wasn’t sure how far away it was, but it turned out to be across the street from the park that we had being sitting in. It was great only about 2 minutes away. After we all had settled in and gotten cleaned up we realized that this was a good decision and that in fact we weren’t the only ones to do this. It turned out that a couple of other people did the same thing in anticipation of the mid-day heat up to the 81° F that was was predicted. They told us not to eat a big lunch meal as the dinner was going to be great and big so we needed to leave plenty of room for it. The rest of the afternoon I have just sat around and rested.

By 5:30 in the morning, I will be ready to climb. I look forward to seeing the sunrise over O’Cebreiro. It is a 9.6 Km climb to the top so I hope to watch the sun come up while having a café con leche.

Well I just got back from dinner, and they were right about the dinner being large. It was one of the biggest meals that I’ve seen here. This has to be the best meal that I’ve had in Spain. They started off with what I think was a type of squash soup (which was out of this world), then a salad made on a bed of lettuce with slices of tomatoes and a soft white cheese, then topped with a little oil and vinger and English walnuts. After that they brought out bowls of spaghetti with a type of white sauce and with small bits of ham and bacon in it. Every bit of this was served family style, and at the end there was a pudding or custard dish. I know it was good because we had a table full of people and when the platters and serving bowls were put on the table every bowl was full nearly to the top and when we got up from the table all bowls and everyone's plate was completely empty and just about scrapped. This was a meal to remember.

After dinner you could see people going back to the Albergue to their beds or like Ross, Athenia and myself heading back to our rooms and preparing for bed. Today was one of the best yet on the Camino, good company, good walk, good place to stay, good food and good rest to prepare for tomorrow. It keeps getting better everyday. Looking forward to tomorrow. I only have about seven days until I get to Santiago. Will keep you posted and as always…Buen Camino.

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