Lots of wild flowers, lots of cows, birds singing and a fast flowing stream beside the track all the way. There was nowhere to stop for a coffee till I joined the main Camino just before San Mamede. Here there were suddenly many pilgrims who had come on the direct route. I had to queue up for a beer and a tortilla.
Just down the road I came to a little oasis on the Camino: Albergue Paloma y Lena, a place highly recommend, where I had booked a private room for the night. It is a new place, very welcoming, with a vegetarian dinner tonight! I have just been chatting to a couple from Rockingham who have walked all the way from St Jean Pied de Port. They bought me a beer and we sat on the garden during a brief sunny spell.