After a night behind the lift shaft in a funny /odd hotel in Grado,which is more interesting on its back streets.,time to set off again. Not the 900 m hill but 600, not so bad as goes up in 300m increments each day. The mountains are the Cordillera  Cantabrica and I realise the start of it can be seen from Oviedo. Asturias names lots of things Cantabria, including the sea off the coast,which the Basques call something else,Bezama sea or similar.

Anyway ,raining when I set off after a nibble at a tortilla,doing this on little food, thank heavens for my stash of muesli bars,replenished by David ,and a bag of hazel nuts…

Three other,male peregrinos at the hotel, arrived after me. One,a giant of a man was very poorly, maybe he had eaten tortilla the night before. What they call tortilla is a big egg and potatoe thing, sometimes the egg in the middle is not cooked and a bit runny, I avoid that when served, just leave it, but you never know how long it has been sitting in the unrefridgerated cabinet..Alternative is ham and cheese or egg rolls..

Set off for Cornella, 11 ks away, thankfully a short day. Was to be collected there and taken to Salas, town of about  6000

Rain stopped all was good, not much road walking, THEN, the stomach whimpered..that accursed tortilla…next few hours were not memorable as I dived behind trees, snakes, who cares…

Took so much imodium may never go to the loo again.

Scenery was dramatic, nobody about…but that is now a worry. At least not hot enough to get bitten by biting flies, have about six lumps on my upper body from bitesTHRU my top. Thank heavens for David’s tube of burn cream, have used it for blisters and now bites..

Duly collected  in Cornella ,could not get accommodation there, full… A hotelier way back organised this for me. Will not be backtracking…

Am thinking of calling it a day after today, writing this the next day,too pooped last night, nibbled at a bit of soup..lack of serious sustenance is a real issue, it is a available, well, fish soup and stew, but turns my stomach, plus have insomnia, suspect it is the  new wonder bp drug…

Have got Sue to check flights home and if the ducks line up will get a bus from Tineo to Madrid getting in about midnight ,then big white bird late tomorrow. Will not get to Toledo!!!!!!

Trivia

Lots more birds around, less people? Certainly hear less shot guns going off. Farms are now farmlets, how do they survive..

Saw two different places ,farmhouses ,obviously having inside plumbing installed, my goodness they were cutting thru almost solid rock…Alongside one trench were two enormous rocks, similar size to the big ones of hinura  stone that T used to carve. How they got them out of the ground heaven knows as they were only little diggers…

No pikkies, never took any, not yet and may not get to the granite countryside..