The “noisey” bunch are still snoring in Noddyland” as the rest of us get ready to roll. It is just after 7.am and the countryside is wonderfully peaceful under a clear blue morning sky. Today, our detination is Castro Dozon, a village about 20kms ahead. Ronan is “out of the traps” and away at a quick pace. Since today’s walk is reported to be easy going, I am determined to keep up with him, Fat chance ! He drifts away ahead of me but kindly stops from time to time to wait fo me. A couple of young German ladies and Klaus, a real gentleman, who I have met several days earlier, are coming into view up ahead. With Ronan dragging me on at speed, we eventually catch up and engage in the custumary chat and compare our experiences to date. It’s around 9.am now and we stop for a break at a village called Oseira. Here we find a beautiful 12th Century Cistercian Monastery. I have read about this already and it truly lives up to it’s ranking as a Spanish National Monument. It was burned in the mid 16th Century but the attached church survived. The destroyed section was re-built and complete by the 18th Century.
The others have stopped here also and take their snack at a nice cafe/bar. We sit on a bench and munch away at some of that food we bought in Cea last evening. It is so quiet here…nothing or nobody stirring at all ! Then, we leave this little oasis and start our climb up a steep concreted path out of Oseira. Time for a pic’….any excuse for a rest !