By the time we got toAldea del Cano we were very sodden and even though we had only walked 15 km we needed to raise spirits before we could carry on - we had been walking in the pouring rain for 3 hours over muddy cow tracks. At that point it was only 11:30 and we decided to adjourn to the local bar decor to rest and decide if we would check into the Albergue or carry on. Some of the other Peregrinos were splitting a cab to jump forward. The thought of settling into the small, local Albergue with wet clothes and no means to dry them was not very appealing and neither was the option of continuing to walk forward in the rain. We considered busing forward to the larger centre of Caceres where we might find a lavanderia with washers and dryers for our wet and muddy clothes. After several coffees, a tortilla bocadillo and a glass of wine, the idea of waiting until 4:30 at the bar for a bus was dismissed.
Dinner was at a restaurant off Plaza Major, a large plaza in the middle of the old part of the city. I had a green salad with tuna as the premier and roast chicken as the secundo. Dessert was the all present "flan" (creme caramel) and a bottle of wine and bread. All that for just 12 EU!
We are having a great deal of discussion about whether to miss one large section in order to get to the end point on time or to skip bits here and there. I am not sure what is best but It seems when the weather is miserable it is a good time to skip ahead a bit and buy some time for better walking weather in the days to come. Barb seems to be the most dedicated of us walkers - She doesn't like the idea of skipping a section and given that she is able to motor ahead of both Ian and I, I suspect she will be carrying on ahead of us at a faster pace.
Tomorrow is a 33 kilometer section. I sure hope for better weather!