It has been a few days since I have had access to Internet, so I will upload the blogs and photos I have been doing offline and date the post as the date the blog was written. Here we go as I post 3 days worth of blogs.
As we left the town of Merida we passed the big Roman aquaduct, which we had not seen during our sightseeing the day before.
As we approached Aljucen we learned that taking a break from walking on the trail during rain necessarily means you get wet as you get snacks from your pack and it was a wet walk the rest of the way. The country was beautiful though and the road easy on the feet as it was hard packed sand. We had walked just over 16 km at this point.
Given that there will be sections of the 1,000 km stretch we need to skip and the steady pouring rain, we decided this was a good day to push forward via autobus the 20 km to the next town, which is Alcuescar. An hour later we joined 6 other wet Peregrinos on a bus which deposited us just outside the Albergue on the edge of town.
In short order were settled into a dorm room with 14 others on the 3rd floor of the Casa de Beneficiencia de Los Esclavos de Maria y de Los Pobres - a large Monestary which also serves as a residence for the disabled. The place was wonderful and for a donetivo (donation) of 5 EU we got both dinner and a bed. All of us were very wet (even inside boots), so we stuffed newspaper in the boots and hoped they would dry enough to wear in the morning.