|Leaving Almaden de la Plata|
After brilliant walking along ancient caminos for the first three days, today's trail was just a bit boring following an un-metalled open road all the way. Not unpleasant, just a bit monotonous.
|Early morning mist|
After two coffees in a noisy bar we left Almaden de la Plata at about 8.15, just after sunrise, and met the first of several vehicles which kicked up the dust. One stopped to tell us we going in the wrong direction if we wanted to go to Santiago de Compostela, reminding us that we were on one of the ever growing number of tributaries to the famous trail.
The trail takes you along a valley, and apart from a very gentle ascent/descent, it's a very easy walk all the way to the Embalse de Malonares Reservoir. At times we get quite close to a small river and see more heron but gradually the valley widens out and gives way to large scale cattle grazing, although given how dry it is there is not much grass for the animals to eat. Approaching the reservoir we see our first Griffon vulture spiralling high above us - numbers grow to about fifty birds all working together to try and spot some carrion - we keep moving to avoid any confusion.
|Pine trees and a view back to the Reservoir|
|Sore feet but on the way home|
|Ancient Church at Cazalla de la Sierra|
|A lot of bull's tail|
Bus back to Seville and found a hotel near the station where I said goodbye to Juan who then caught the train to Madrid. Wonderful four days walking, I'm now set up for my trip to Nepal next week.