We spent Wednesday night in a nice guest house recommended by German pilgrims we met a few days ago.
The forecast was for steady rain all day Thursday. We sat at breakfast with 5 other pilgrims -- 3 from Italy whom we met at Casa Fernanda, 1 from New Zealand, and 1 from Switzerland. It was pouring outside. We were all debating staying put for the day. And then it cleared for a moment and we decided to leave.
Good choice! We walked 12 miles on scenic, rocky, challenging, beautiful trails. At the end of the day, we left Portugal behind and crossed the river into Spain.
We rewarded ourselves by booking into the Parador in Tui. The pelting rain started soon after we were in our room, but we had a wonderful dry day. We were so tired that we never left the Parador. We even ate on Spanish time--starting at 8:30.
Walking on Friday was hard. We started out on fine shape, looking forward to a day with little rain predicted. Wrong forecast.
We walked beside the River Mino looking across into Portugal. The morning light was gorgeous. But when we entered Tui at the end of the river walk we had to go back a ways to see the center of the city and historical sites. That added to our day's total miles which were about 12.
It rained most of the time after we left Tui. The trail might have been nice in sunshine but was not that great in rain. And we both seemed to have not recovered fully from the previous two hard, although wonderful days.
To top it off, we have a lousy hotel. The only other one on town is full. The albergue has 26 to a room in bunk beds. So lousy will do. It is OLD and uncared for. On the positive side it has good wifi.
Tomorrow promises no rain. We'll see. We plan to go 12 miles.