The last leg of the 140km Ruta de Pedra en Sec, the Drystone Route, has been successfully completed in Pollenca.
Although the rain continued to lash at the windows of the full dormitory and the wind whipped the shutters backwards and forwards all night by morning only scudding black clouds remained of the tempest.
I returned to the monastery pharmacy for medication for my still swollen and painful bites to find they didn’t open till 10. It was going to be tough to make the 4.30 ferry to Menorca 18km and 2 bus rides away but it gave me a chance to have a look around the basilica.
and the medieval statue, found beside a stream by a shepherd boy who showed it to a monk who took it to Escorca. It had disappeared the next day and was found again by the stream. This happened 3 times. They took the hint and founded a chapel there that grew into the big and famous monastery that has drawn pilgrims for centuries.
I also admired the mysterious sun dial that reveals, when the sun shines, all manner of ??
Finally the chemist opened and she was happy to sell me a tube of hydrocortisone to lash on my bites. And so I continued on my way, climbing up yet again through holm oak woods past more sitges to views of the refugi and the mountains.
The walls made for tall stiles that were tricky with a full pack.
Over a Coll at over 600 m then it was down hill all the way, past steam beds no longer dry.
and into more open country with fresh growth and a celebrated 500 year old holm oak.
The rains of the previous day and night had produced a fine crop of mushrooms and I met up with a couple of proud foragers.
Coming down through the woods on the old stone walled and paved tracks I stopped to admire the workmanship one more time.
Then I entered villa zone again with some fine gates hiding the secret world within.
One more tricky riverside stretch
and I was in Pollenca where the storm defences were still up in the fine back streets.
Straight to the bus to the coast, and straight on another to port Alcudia. Just in time …. Except the boat was cancelled due to rough seas caused by the storm. Next one 6 in the morning. Be there by 5. No sleeping in the terminal.
The silver lining is that summer season prices for rooms ended today so I got one near the ferry at a bargain price. It’s all good.
You can’t beat a bargain eh? Aussie dollar is going down the toilet so Bibbulmen will be cheap as chips before long.