Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of last week took us through a large section of Asturias. We stayed at Fali’s Albergue in Muros de Nalón on Tuesday and the beautiful train station Albergue de Peregrinos in Novellana on Wednesday. Both offered delicious communal dinners and filling breakfasts. On Thursday night, we stayed in Queruas at La Yalga, a comfortable but less pilgrim-friendly stay. Relive videos for each day are at the end of this post.
At some point, I looked down at my shoes, scuffed and muddy on the top – to be expected. Examining the soles, though, I realized just how worn they are!
Which got us thinking about all the surfaces we walk on. Some of them easy and some quite challenging. Some slippery, others rough. Soft forest floors, beaches, mucky mud, gravelly agricultural roads that connect farms with pastures and fields. Sometimes across the fields themselves or in the midst of wildflowers. Across bridges, through dark tunnels. Also paved village roads, rocky trails that are difficult to navigate, and sometimes highways with fast cars and narrow or non-existent shoulders. And then there are the ancient Roman roads with their smooth – sometimes – cobbles.
Lots of photos below. (As always, click on any photo for a larger view of all the photos.) Cross your fingers that our shoes last our last 150 or so kilometers!