Walking on the road is not a lot of fun
Much nicer on this country road
Lots of cattle and sheep gates to go through
The granite waymarkers. This is one point that the old Roman Road diverges from the current Camino route
The view of the reservoir from our albergue
I have to explain that I am currently walking the Via de la Plata (Road of the Silver). This is the old Roman road that they used to haul the silver that they mined in northern Spain. The modern day camino route is often on the same path. I discovered the unique granite cube waymarkers are marked in green for the old Roman road and yellow for the modern day route.Where they coincide there are both yellow and green tiles on the cube. The top of the cube is always marked with an arrow designating the direction one should be traveling. A pretty good system. I wonder if these markers will continue.
Many walkers would probably find the rural areas that I walked through today to be boring and uninteresting, just as many skip the meseta between Burgos and Leon on the Camino Frances. As a farmer, I find it interesting to study the different forms that agriculture takes in different places. Centuries have evolved this seemingly bleak looking area into one that is productive for wheat farming on the better soils and grazing land for cattle and sheep on the rest. There are even some oak groves growing in pastures so the acorns can provide the feed for the prized pigs raised on them.
Tonight's albergue is not in a city or village, but rather overlooks the Embalse (reservoir) de Alcantara, which dams up the Rio Tajo. The Rio Tajo flows from Toledo and beyond here finally enters the ocean at Lisbon in Portugal. A picturesque setting. Clouds threatened today, but no rain. I think we will have some rain tomorrow.
Note: I tried to post some photos, but the internet here is too slow to do that before Christmas. Hopefully later.