Day 8: Uterga to Villatuerta

I started walking at about 7am, half an hour before sunrise. I immediately learned how easy it was to miss the way markers, which in their simplest form are a yellow arrow on a wall, a fence or the road. They can also be a stone pillar and in towns are sometimes seen as a stainless steel circle embedded in a pavement, contains the shell symbol and more.

So having overlooked the left turn as I headed out of Uterga I had to turn around and come back, find the overlooked yellow arrow (quite obvious) and then set out along the gravel path. But that wasn’t enough. I then missed a right turn several hundred metres down the track. Fortunately another walker who had done the same thing, had realised his mistake and was walking towards me. This again required a backtrack of several hundred metres. The early start was hardly of any use now. Maybe I’m depending on others too much?

Obanos
Puente la Reina
Puente la Reina
Puente la Reina
Mañeru
Cirauqui
Cirauqui
Cirauqui
Cirauqui
Cirauqui
Cirauqui

After leaving the Cirauqui area I was aiming to end my walk at Lorca and after a long climb uphill to Lorca I was certainly ready to stop. But the only albergue had no vacancies. A French couple were sitting next to the alburgue and told me they had already called a taxi to take them 4km to the next place, Villatuerta. They offered to take me too, which was very welcome at that stage. So it was Villatuerta I stayed that night. A great meal in good company. A room of four beds and the night was very quiet.

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