I started on the Ruta Teresiana today. What a great day! To begin with views of Avila in the early morning as the sun was rising were spectacular. And I enjoyed that apart from the beginning few kilometres, most of the day’s walking was cross country following tracks and paths and local dirt roads.
I was fascinated to be walking in the countryside which felt somewhat remote and yet just over the hill was a motorway.
I saw no other walking pilgrims. There were two cycling. One heading in the same direction as me and the other heading to Avila just as I was arriving in Gotarrendura. The small villages I passed through were very quiet. Although Peñalba de Avila had a bustling bar. I kept going to Gotarrendura, though. A quiet, attractive village. A very friendly and helpful person at the Town Hall let me into the albergue. I’m the lone resident tonight.
If the next 4 days are like today I’ll be a very happy pilgrim. Today is shared with a Camino de Santiago route, but from tomorrow I’m on the Ruta Teresiana. While not an official Santiago route, I’d highly recommend it.