Day 28 : Gonzar to Palas de Rei

Steve :

Before dawn in Gonzar

I’m unclear as to why we got up to early but up early we were. And out around dawn.

We find a cafe for breakfast but are really struggling to wake up.

Today it is wet.

My luminous yellow jacket gets its first outing, as does Jen’s red thing she bought a long time back in Logrono.  We dub her ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Jen in her raincoat.

We walk on through the rain.

Hamish has a plastic bag that he got from a bakery weeks ago that is a surprising effective raincoat.

Caterpillar and man-in-a-bag head off to heaven, apparently

Our plan is to get to Palas de Rei, a walk of around 17km. We arrive in the non-descript town to find the main albergues are full of tourigrinos. We panic somewhat until the San Marcos hospitalero tells us we can have a room for just the three of us for 20 euros each.  A quick conference later and we accept, and head to a secondary albergue.

The room is great! We have a private shower, towels, sheets, duvets.  Marvellous!

Drying out the caterpillar
A soggy day in Palas de Rei

We find a grim restaurant for tea and decide we’ve had enough. Hamish and I go on a junk food expedition and we return to the room with chocolate, Cola Cao and dodgy Spanish crisps.

We have a TV with a USB port so we plug in my stick and settle down to eat rubbish and watch ‘Saving Mr Banks’.

Highly un-Camino but we loved it.