We took an alternate route today in order to avoid a possible high creek crossing. I cannot recommend it, but it worked fine for us. The detour requires a good sense of direction or a gps map app. We walked north via the forest on the east side of the Eresma River. The Camino goes on the west side. We walked along a decent dirt road which came out to the highway just north of Valdestillas. When we saw the local patrol driving toward us we were glad we had Juan Carlos and Salvo with us (to explain in Spanish why we were so far from the Camino).
One of them said about last night's refuge: "Ocho camas y un plato." Eight beds and one plate. The refuges along this route are mostly very basic. A few do not have heat. Most have blankets. We've enjoyed every stop, it seems that a blessing is around every corner.
We did 26 km today, and it seemed even longer since we got no break from the constant drizzle. We did see deer on three occasions. Before this trip we could count on one hand the number of times we had seen deer while walking in Spain. Now we've lost track of the exact number.
Here are a few pictures.