Day 23 – Banos de Montemayor to Horcajo de los Montes — 252 km

I was a bit sleep-deprived today. Last night the tiny town filled with old people taking cures transformed into an all-night DJ party. I’m not kidding. When I woke up from the intense noise of some of my guest house neighbors, there was still music playing loudly in the village. And then the marching band started up. All this with earplugs in. I didn’t sleep well.

So it’s not surprising that my Spanish wasn’t very good today, or that I was a bit irritable. I stopped soon, in Placensia, to check out the textile museum and have a coffee.

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Feeling slightly better, I continued on a leisurely route to Oropesa. Apparently, this is the town responsible for the term, “worth your/his/her/its weight in gold.” It got a pretty boring write-up in my guidebook, but was actually lovely. I had lunch and a nice walk around the castle and part of the town.

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After that it was go-go-go, but via small roads and very minor highways. Some of it was gorgeous, a little of it was a little stressful (bumpy patched roads), and I nearly ran out of gas.

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Fortunately, there is a Pepsol station in the small town at the bottom of the hill where my campsite is.

Here’s the campsite view!

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Here’s my patch. About 2 hours after I took this picture, the empty space on the right was inhabited by a family in a camper van. Those kids scream constantly. I am hiding in the restaurant, and they are with their parents on the terrace, still hooting and making loud screeching noises. I wonder if my earplugs will be up to THIS task. (note: they were, and the family is leaving today, hurray!)

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Anyway, the pool was nice. I had a proper swim just after everyone went off to start dinner preparation, so it was empty! The joy! There are also lots of Dutch people here, so I’ve been speaking Dutch, then Spanish, then Dutch with Spanish mixed in. I MUST be tired. There are people from Great Britain to my left, but I haven’t chatted with them yet (hence reference only to their country), just said Hola.

Tomorrow Lynn L joins me here, and we will continue on to southern Spain! 🙂 The weather looks quite promising.

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