Day 21: Salamanca to El Cubo del Vino (34 Kms)

Leaving Calzada

Salamanca was just what the doctor ordered. We had a fine time enjoying the city, exploring the cathedral and dining on something other than menu del dias. We set out this morning by taxi to the village of Calzada de Valdunciel. This would reduce today’s 34 km walk to a more manageable 19 kms. Our walk held brief promise of being off in the countryside, only to be led back to the N 630 where we spent the rest of the day trudging along a service road adjacent to the highway. We have seen many other similar situations on other caminos. Usually it is all that can be done to connect certain route segments but even knowing that doesn’t make the walk any more pleasant. It was just one of those days where you simply have to walk just to get from one point to another. We arrived in Cubo just after 2:00 under a sunny sky that yielded little warmth. We met a young Spanish lady who directed us to the F y M (Fernando and Mercedes) Albergue where we spent the night. We were alone in the albergue when we went out to the market, but found a crew of mountain club members from Valencia that were doing a segment on the Via de la Plata, upon our return. We all settled in, exchanged stories and drifted off to bed and sleep as the evening drew on and the radiators started to cool. It was a fun night. Short day tomorrow as we will split the distance from Cubo to Zamora. The weather continues to be perfect. Unbelievable luck with that so far.

The service road
F and M

 

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