As we headed down the mountain and into Rubiaes, we started hearing music. At first it sounded like the Vienna Boys Choir. It only added to the beauty of the Forest. As we got closer to town it sounded more like a Polka. It eventually turned into the Macarena. Fortunately, that was after we had found a place to rest and get something cool to drink. We made our way to the Albergue we were staying that evening and went to dinner with some of our fellow pilgrims.
While we enjoyed ourselves throughly, it did make for a late night. This, in turn, made for a late start. But we were well fed and rested.
The walk out of Rubias was beautiful.
We passed waterfalls.
Walked on the roads the Romans built.
Found a house to buy
And did our best to find a place to rest, refuel, and cool down. Just when we were getting to the point of exhaustion, we came to Quinta Estrada, an Albergue run by two former pilgrims. It was a life saver!
After about an hour, we headed out. Making our way down country roads
and city streets
With Rachel carrying Helga and Richard on her back. (No wonder we were tired! : )
We eventually made it to Valenca and into the fortress Fortaleza.
Where we made our way to the dungeon, making sure to have a little fun along the way.
We entered the dungeon
And successful emerged on the other side.
The dungeon offered relief from heat and a spectacular view once we emerged.
While the fortress was interesting, we knew our day’s journey was not complete. We still had to make it into Spain. By this time the heat had, once again, overtaken us. So we said goodbye to Portugal and hello to Spain.
We made our way to the 1st of 2 Paradores we want to stay at, checked into our room, admired the view
and collapsed in exhaustion.
The day was good, but long.
72.2 miles down with only 78 more to go!