Villaharta to Alcaracejos Part 2. 11 miles fairly flat.|
Sadly we now leave Cafe Bar Mirasierra a very good pilgrim stop. The flat we have occupied for 2nights is well set up with hot water and open and covered drying lines for clothes on the flat roof which has a good view of the local stork nest on the church. Senor Ruis takes us back to the headless statue off the main road where he picked us up in the rain yesterday and we walk the 800m back to the camino on the Canada Real Soriane the old drove route over the dehesa of the Sierra Morena. The terrain becomes flatter and more like the typical dehesa of Estramadura, with cistus and Holm Oak dominating the landscape which gradually appears more like the Capability Brown landscapes of English country estates, with well spaced trees and occasional herds of sheep watched over by very large dogs.
We expect a wet day but it rapidly stops and removal of layers comences not without trepidation as it appeared to us yesterday that whenever a layer is removed the rain starts again. Today it is not so, cool cloud cover remains but no more rain and a good walk is had by all, none of the stream crossings are a problem no wading needed although puddle evasion tactics are vital.
Several hoopoos are seen as well as azure winged magpies just before entering town. A possible cuckoo sighting, heard close by and the huge amounts of asphodel make it s very pleasant trek.
After finding lodgings and the usual housekeeping we go for lunch. A quiet bar with a dining room upstairs which appears in use is fine. Until the wedding party arrives and surges round us. Service and their entertainment continue unabated. We have forgotten it is Saturday. Happily our hostal is out of the way and our windows on the opposite side to the football pitch. We hope for a good night, tomorrow is forecast wet again.
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