Day 18: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo

Mileage: 15.3

Highlights

Passing the Castle of the Knights Templar on our way out of Ponferrada

Passing the Castle of the Knights Templar on our way out of Ponferrada

We got a late start on our day because I wanted to finish uploading a video to YouTube. It takes longer to upload the video than it does to actually make the video! Our day was further delayed when we reached a winery at 10:30am. For only 1 or 2 euros, we sampled local wines and were treated to a small snack. It was a deal we couldn't resist- and I'm glad we didn't! It was a lovely break. Obviously "delay" and "late" is relative, since we have absolutely nowhere to be at any particular time; however, we have learned from experience that hiking gets increasingly uncomfortable after 1pm. 

Our hike was on and off the main road. Towards the end of the day, we opted not to take the road, but rather the slightly longer, more scenic route. The "green" route took us through vineyards and was completely worth the extra steps. We were pleasantly surprised to find the adorable village of Villafranca del Bierzo nuzzled between mountains.

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A great day was made to be one of the best when we arrived at Leo hostel. The hostel is family-owned and as charming as it gets. The house was the owner's grandmother's childhood home that has recently been renovated while maintaining its character. The hospitality was top-notch and I can't say enough positive things about this place. 

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A Trace of Grace

Notes from a trekking Mama

It's the little things I miss, like having a bottle of skin moisturizer on the trail for my very dry skin. A couple Werther's candies would be nice too, but if those are the only things I need, I think I'm doing well.  Appreciating every step we take, every piece of food (except the mystery meat hamburger we had) and every moment I have spending with Hannah.

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