21 April 2018

Rain stopped play!

Last night Colette texted to our BBF that they had arrived after 10 hours walking and that they were all in! The route was up and down with a lot of road walking too. She could not recommend doing it with his knees! Since Colette and Christine are also in their 70s and walk faster than our BBF we thought it good advice. But what do we Bears know. He never listens to us. 

The two humans wrestled with their consioncesses and decided that as it would rain on Saturday that they would take a bus to Alvaiázere. They asked the Hospitalero about buses, but discovered now that there are virtually no buses that run at the weekend ! So with his help they booked a taxi for 10:00hrs. 

At breakfast in the café they met again the Kiwi couple from yesterday, Bill and Irene. They too were looking to move on by car as Bill had a groin strain and hip problem. It was decided they should share the taxi.

Rianne noticed that they did biscuit bears in the café, but our humans wouldn’t eat one!

The party of now four humans sat and waited with tea made by Antonio the Hospitalero and waited for the taxi.

The driver when he came was a nice enough chap and had a nice smart Mercedes car. The driver, however, thought he was Juan Manuel Fangio, for he took off like a rocket and never bothered that there were speed limits or even a red light he ran! Our BBF repeatedly made remarks that they were not in a hurry, nor would he get extra for getting us there earlier, or even he said, ‘‘tis better to arrive late in this life, as opposed to too early in the next”! But it went on deaf ears!

More by luck than judgement we all arrived in one piece.

We sat first in a café and chatted till we judged we could go look for accommodation. Out two humans decided to follow the Kiwis to their booked accommodation. 

A young woman from a café where they asked took them round the corner to the Albergaria. Luckily there was now plenty of room at the inn.

No on-suit facilities here but comfortable and large beds, which the humans had to make up themselves.

That done they all sat and had a cup of tea together in the kitchen.

As it is still raining they do not appear to use tap water for the washing but let the rain soak it all!

In this Hostel they have a Brierley room named after the author of the guide books, as he stayed here once. In our room they even had a Van Gogh!!!

Our two humans went for an isotonic drink and a toasted sandwich for lunch in the café nearby.

They then visited the church where Alan felt the need to sing the Pilgrims Hymn again. We think he is getting better at it too.

Then they checked up where breakfast might be in the morning and also booked a table for four in the restaurant for their evening meal! 

It may well rain a little again tomorrow but our humans intend to walk on no matter what! Buen Camino.

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