A 7am start on a very chilly morning kicked off our penultimate day with 27Km trekking ahead of us. As dawn broke we  were soon blessed with blue skies and warm sunshine once again.

Some spectacular scenery today which included rolling moorland type hills- in places carpeted with a patchwork of rainbow coloured heathers,also, a riverside walk with fast flowing crystals clear mountain water and finally a beautiful  woodland glade with soft green liken dripping from every branch. 

Approaching the town of Requejo we were joined by more  horses , cows grazing on fresh pasture and a black Spanish bull which , thankfully as it turns out was more scared of us then we were of him.

Pathfinder Dr John (on a rest day) had  taxied ahead and booked a 12 euro private Albergue which provided real sheets and duvets , bravely taking the initiative but defying the 5 euro a night budget imposed by Richard….heads will roll.

Keen to recover this significant loss, Richard true to form press ganged Mark to join him for a walk half an hour up the road to check out a restaurant that reportedly was offering a bargain 7.50 euros pilgrims menu.Needless to say it was a wasted journey as the smell of Rancid chip  fat hit them square on  the second they entered the deserted and very tired  looking eatery.

Our new found Camino pilgrim friends French Jaques, Hungarian Annette and Ameena from England joined us for a 12 euro Pilgrims supper in the restaurant adjoining our Albergue and good evening was had  by all.

From our bunk bedded accommodation we could see the mountains ahead. There was also a smattering of wildlife which included a couple of Ostriches and a small yappy dog with a death wish who set chase after passing cars.

Our final days walk ahead, the snow capped mountains beckon – tommorow at dawn our tired legs must somehow carry us up another 300m to reach one of the highest points of the Camino.

We have somehow walked 110miles so far this week (equivalent to walking from central London to Birmingham) we all agree it has been a fantastic week so far and  last years Rain and Salmonella experience is just a distant memory.