We walked a lot of today with our new friends Zak, from Oregon. We had coffee together at the nearby café (and utilized the wifi of course) then began our short day to Luarca/Al Muña. The walk was pleasant but somewhat unremarkable. There were a few confusing spots with arrows indicated in more than once direction, but we found our way. The trail has been improved since most of our guidebooks were written, so we were pleasantly surprised to have more walking on dirt paths and smaller roads rather than the highway.
We arrived in Luarca in the late afternoon, and debated whether to stay or keep walking. We had heard that the Al Muña albergue, which is 2 kilometers off-route, was not very nice and that the hospitalero was very unfriendly. There was an affordable pension along the camino in Luarca, which came recommended by the Cofraternity of Saint James guidebook, so we decided to stay there for €30. We were not all that impressed with the place and its saggy bed, but it was nice to have a room to ourselves and we both fell right asleep and slept for several hours!
We went out to explore the town a bit and get some groceries for dinner. We especially enjoyed eating empanadas de atún, (tuna empanadas) from the bakery. We were still so tired that we treated ourselves to a movie night in the pension and watched a movie before drifting off to sleep.