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Etapa 8: Zafra – Villafranca de los Barros (18,2 km)
Depois de uma noite de luxo, estou pronta para um novo dia! A etapa será curta, com uma subida logo ao ínicio, seguida de descida, mas nem por isso muito exigente. No entanto, os meus pés apenas aguentam bem a primeira hora do dia, as outras tornam-se dolorosas.
Logo à saída de Zafra, passo pela Torre de San Francisco, única parte resistente do outrora convento construído no séc. XV. O caminho vai subindo entre casas particulares, até entrar numa área mais verde, a Serra de San Cristóbal. É uma área muito agradável e, “como tudo o que sobe, desce”, deparo-me com uma descida com uma inclinação interessante, chegando a Los Santos de Maimona.
Seguem-se campos de cultivo, inclusivé muitos de oliveiras que já viram várias gerações de peregrinos passarem por elas.
Ao passar por uma quinta, surpreende-me o trabalho de um senhor que corta o pêlo aos seus cavalos. Paro para ver melhor e falamos um pouco. É um verdadeiro trabalho de artista e será apresentado no dia seguinte, numa feira ali perto. Deixo-o trabalhar em paz e sigo caminho. Mais tarde, já no albergue, todos acabariam por falar do trabalho deste homem e dos cavalos.
Aquando da minha segunda pausa, Yves passa por mim e decide acompanhar-me até ao final da etapa. Na véspera já tínhamos falado bastante e, hoje, retomamos no ponto deixado. Ele interessa-se especialmente por ver alguém que nitidamente não está em forma (ao contrário dele), decidir percorrer tal distância a pé. Aproveita para dar umas dicas, “Luísa, isto é uma ultra-maratona, do que fizeres agora, no início, dependerá a forma como chegarás a Santiago. Não caias no erro de fazer etapas longas para já ou começar o dia acelerada, aquece primeiro, vai sem pressas.” Viria a lembrar-me dos seus conselhos ao longo de todo o caminho, pois, infelizmente, vi várias pessoas a terem de parar por não terem sabido gerir o seu esforço. Merci Coach! :)
Esta conversa e a necessidade de ir buscar aos confins da memória o meu vocabulário em francês, fez-me abstrair das dores nos pés e assim chegamos a Villafranca de los Barros. Decidimos ficar no Albergue “El Carmen”, cuja hospitaleira é irmã da Filo, do albergue de onde ficamos ontem, em Zafra.
Conheço o casal polaco Wanda e Marian que poucas palavras de inglês sabem, mas que não impede a comunicação. Ela está com os pés em mau estado, mas eles não podem encurtar as etapas se querem chegar a Santiago. Volto a rever as duas alemães que tinha encontrado dois dias antes, a Heike e a Karin e conheço o Eric, finlandês, que me parece um pouco estranho.
Etapas Via de la Plata
Stage 8: Zafra – Villafranca de los Barros (18,2 km)
(Translation in progress… google translation for now) :\
After a night of luxury (no one else was in my room, the bed had sheets, quilt and cushion) to which I am no longer accustomed, but always feels good, I’m ready for a new day! The stage will be short, with a rise just to the beginning, followed by descent, but no very demanding. However, my feet just as well can withstand the first hour of the day, others become painful.
When I leave the hostel, since Yves took breakfast to talk with another pilgrim, Alain, who had reached the end of the day, and was to go around the world by bicycle. Stories not lacked, I was with them a little and then decided to start taking advantage of the way while fresh. I tend to suffer from the heat and these days have been very hot, so if you do not want to even go out at night, morning must be well-used.
The first two hours do them alone. Just outside of Zafra, step by Tower of San Francisco, only tough part of the former convent built in the century. XV. The path goes up among private homes, many of them well cared for, to enter into a greener area, the Sierra de San Cristóbal. It’s a very nice area, “as all that up is down”, I find myself with a descent with an interesting slant. At this early hour, I’m going through some early birds sportsmen, each running (how is it possible to climb it to run ?!), others to walk the stride and others just to stroll around the dog. So I come to Los Santos de Maimona and I take one curtinha break, after all, had still only last 4 km.
The route continues along crop fields and including many olive trees that have seen several generations of pilgrims passing through them.
When passing by a fifth, it surprises me the work of a man who cuts the hair to their horses. We stop for a better look and talk a little. It is a true work of artist and will be presented the next day at a trade show nearby. Let him work in peace and follow path. Later, at the hostel, everyone would eventually talk about the work of this man and horses. Apparently, everyone stopped to turn for a chat as they enjoyed the artwork.
When my second pause, Yves passes me and decides to accompany me to the end of the stage. The day before we had already spoken enough and today resumed the left point. He is interested in especially to see someone who clearly is not in shape (unlike him), decide to go this distance. He worked several years with an association of children with special needs and even made for a few days, the French way with them. This and other experiences that was taking over his personal and professional life continually demonstrated the importance of physical exercise has both individually as teamwork, overcoming, self-confidence, sharing, etc. Although this is not one of the motivations that led me there, we agreed that by extension, all these benefits have emerged. Takes the opportunity to give some tips, “Louise, this is an ultra-marathon, than you do now, at the beginning, depends on the way you will come to Santiago. Do not fall into the mistake of taking long steps to have or get fast day, heats first, will no hurry. “Although some things have to be doing” properly “would remember these and other councils throughout the way because, unfortunately, I saw several people having to stop for not having known manage your effort. Coach Merci! :)
This conversation and the need to get the ends of the memory my vocabulary in French, made me disregard the pain in the feet and so we arrive at Villafranca de los Barros. We decided to stay in the hostel “El Carmen”, which is hospitable Sister Filo, the hostel where we were yesterday in Zafra.
Shortly after checking in we decided to go to the market because the closure was to soon. As good as freshly Products! The rest of the day would be spent in the hostel to rest, wash clothes, hang out with other pilgrims and again, rest.
I know the Polish couple Wanda and Marian that few English words they know, but still, will not necessarily prevent the entedermos. She’s feet in poor condition, but they can not shorten the steps if they want to reach Santiago, for the days of vacation are not flexible. Back to review the two Germans who had met two days earlier, the Heike and Karen. Finally, I know Eric, Finnish, which seems a bit odd, but later had time to know him better.
Stages of Via de la Plata