We set off today with our (surprise) rain gear on. It was a fairly straight forward walk out of town and soon we were walking on muddy trails through rolling hills of cultivated fields and then flat table land - Meseta Central ("Inner Plateau") .This area is known as the bread basket of Spain.
Wet muddy roads to walk on, but the sun was shining at last!
The saving grace was that the common room had a great big fireplace at one end and after some effort with wet firewood, the boy scout Peregrinos in the crowd coaxed life into it. There was an unlimited supply of firewood so as long as we stayed in the common room we would be warm.
We fetched in several bottles of wine and prepared for happy hour - which for Perigrinos is about 3pm. The fire was wonderful, except that every once in a while it would pour smoke into the room. I still smell like a camp fire.
The schedules with regard to food is a bit tricky to manage. Mostly, stores and restaurants open sometime late in the morning and then close from 2 to 5:30 for siesta. Dinnertime in Spain is late, and excepting when they take pity on us Peregrinos and feed us early, usually the earliest you can ever get into a restaurant is 7:30 or 8:00. So we munch whatever we have all afternoon, if we get to our Albergue before the shops shut then we can have a good nosh at lunch and if not then we might not have anything much until the stores open, which is too late for lunch and too early for dinner. Since we got to this Albergue in plenty of time we both ate and drank well all afternoon. Did I mention how cheap the wine is? Restaurants serve unlimited wine with the pilgrim's meal and even by the glass it is only 2 €. A bottle of cheap local wine from the store is only 2-6 €!