Another quick post. Too tired to give much detail. The big event was meeting a bicyclist, Joe, who lives in Missoula, Montana. He's come from Granada on his bike, and will probably run off and leave the walkers. I also caught up with a couple from Scotland, so between Joe and the other folks we had a good evening of speaking english!
Weather: Low: 48F High 84F probably hottest day of Camino in Spain for me.
Distance: 32 km
Route tips: Repeating last years warning about the turnoff about 2.5 km after the lake today. It seems to me it is VERY poorly marked. Once you leave the lake, there is a wire fence on your left for over 2 km. After the fence ends, continue on the road for 300 meters, then turn north onto a dirt path. Don't continue east on the asphalt.
Albergue and town: I skipped the sight-seeing in Merida this year, but it is a great city with an amazing history. The albergue in Carrescalejo was totally locked with no number posted to call. The Rio Aljucen Albergue in Aljucen is really the best you will ever see.