Almeria to Santa Fe de Mondujar 14.5 miles an maybe 400 m ascent.|
Today was a bit of a spagetti western. You get used to the Good the Bad and the ugly on camino but all within a couple of hours!
Off we go after breakfast at 7.30in the hotel. Up out of town along a long straight tree lined street and down through a bit of an industrial area to the river. We have seen a lot worse exits from cities. The river however certainly qualified as bad, a iridescent green trickle in a stony Arroyo but the flood plan covered with fields of citrus trees mostly orange in bloom and fruit. The ugly provided by the several acres of tent like structures containing tomatoes and ? courgettes destined for British supermarkets possibly.
The lurid green in the river may well be fertiliser run off from these. But Good and bad were also the scent of the orange blossoms and the smell of the river bed
Walking today is either river bed shingle or tarmac and as we approach Santa Fe de Mondujar, our destination we know to lookout for what eventually is a very nice alburgue 1km before the bar that runs it and keeps the key. So all in an extra 4.5km there and back twice. Hey Ho is is the first day.
Link to where we are on Google Maps