Ashes to Ashes

Day 23. Pontferrada to Villafranca de Bierzo

Thursday July 26

Not a huge lot to say. I no longer resemble the elephant man but bear a striking similarity to something out of the Quatermass film. That one where the astronaut is turned into a deformed plant.
I have decided that these are bites combined with a possible allergic reaction

They are very helpful here

Arriving in Villafranco Scottish Alan got slightly lost looking for an Albergue (hostel)

Meeting an aged señora he showed her the map and asked where the hostel was

She nodded and kindly took him through the winding streets to the exact location

A kindly act marred only by the fact that the hostel had burned to the ground some years ago leaving a perplexed Alan looking at a pile of ashes

Today we climb to the highest point of the Camino. Forget the Olympics people. This is the real challenge.

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