First an addendum to yesterday: There ended up being 8 people, all men, in the albergue last night. 6 of them were out past 11 pm, but they came in so quietly, I barely heard them.
Today's walk was pretty brutal, mostly because I'm not yet in as good shape as I should be and, hopefully, will be in a few more days. I always thought it would be nice if a trail did not have constant ups and downs, but now I'm not so sure. This walk was a constant uphill for twelve miles, including an elevation gain of 1000 feet in the last two miles of the 12. It ended with a steep downhill for the last three miles. Those steep two uphill miles were rough with mostly loose rocks and stones for a trail. I was glad to get to the summit and start down.
I am in the little village of Poladura de la Tercia. It has an 8 place albergue and a church, but no stores or cafes. I did bring plenty of food (which definitely weighed my pack down) and had canned alubias (white beans) with chorizo tonight. If I can find wi-fi, which is doubtful, I will post this today. Otherwise, there will be two or three posts a fews days from now.
Tomorrow's walk will be shorter at about 8 1/2 miles, but will have a steep ascent to the highest point on this camino. After that it will be mostly downhill to Oviedo.
Some photos from today's walk. The nice lady in the Casa Rural let me use their wi-Fi.