Early departure from the campsite to try to reach my destination in the late afternoon.
At the beginning a nice road on a cycle track. Nice road until the bridge on which it runs is cut off for roadworks ! There is no easy alternative, the bridge next to it is the motorway bridge and no there is no track next to the motorway. Yesterday morning a Flemish man living in Portugal told me about it, but there was some confusion as to whether it should bother me or not... Next time I’ll ask someone to show me exactly where this is happening on the map, so I don’t get caught out again... And to understand better too, he was talking about a national road that I absolutely did not want to take, it was not logical for my itinerary 😳 It was however the only way to go if we wanted to go to Huelva.
In short, my route was extended by about ten kilometres.
I stop to have a snack in Valverde del Camino and I’m still quite optimistic because it’s 1pm and I’m more than half way there. But when I arrive in Zalamea la Real at 3.30 pm I have to admit that it’s very hot, that I drank most of the water bottle filled at lunchtime and that I still have 42 km to go to the campsite in Aracena. It’s possible but I might be exhausted at the finish... if I don’t stall on the way.
In Zalamea la Real I stop to refresh myself in a bistro and I ask people if they know any accommodation. All they have in mind is the official accommodation that you can find on booking... I end up going to an accommodation I had already found...
And I settle down there to stay there !