Eleven kilometers is just under 7 miles. That is a very short Camino day. But 7 miles in a cold, hard, wind blown rain is a long walk.
We walked into Santa Maria (the rest of the name will remain in the post title) about 2 hours before the refuge opened. We first had a hot drink in the coffee shop, sitting directly under a massive bull, with matadore pictures all around.
We then decided to see if the medical clinic was open. Business was slow, so we were all alone in their waiting area. It was warm, dry, and quiet. Ruth read an ebook she has on her phone. I finished yesterday's blog and wrote most of today's.
We wondered about Izak and Antoinette. We started before them this morning, as they were hoping for a break in the weather. I don't think a break ever came. [Later: they found a hotel about 1 km from Santa Maria].
Pictures are scarce on a rainy day. I managed a few after our arrival.
Pilgrim hints: No services between Añe and Santa Maria, but the way is well marked. Santa Maria has two shops and at least one bar/coffee shop. A friendly little town.
We were just getting ready for a walk around town when hail began, seen on the skylight of the refuge. The walk got cancelled.