Advice can be so outrageously misguided to save the pride of an old man... why couldn't he say he had no idea where the village indicated on the map was (turns out, it was abandoned more than a century ago and nothing but old stone walls remain) and that he hadn't been on that dirt road in years and didn't know what I might find? Moron may be too strong of a word to describe the old man, but taking the advice put me in quite a difficult situation. The desert road shown on the map - in reality dozens of crisscrossing tracks all over the place... the houses - none, so no water available... the town with no people, no place to pass the night... details details details.
Reserving my water as well as I could, the clouds burned off and the sun came out and I became concerned. Using my compass to triangulate off the antenna masts let me know my location in reality but not on the map, so no sense of how close or far from any habitation... all day long... in the last hours before sunset, I devised a contingency plan to reach the sea again, make an emergency shelter among the rocks, possibly gather shellfish in the surf, and hope that the morning mist would provide sufficient moisture for a few sips of water. The inventory on hand was down to two dry cookies, an orange, a chocolate bar, and a quarter liter of water. Not a very good plan, I thought at the time, but lacking other input, it was the best I had. Everything looks better in the morning and I could pass the night comfortably enough for contingency planning.
As I reached the sea at dusk, I saw the glow of a light on the shore to the south and quickly abandoned my plan for a new one. A light might mean people, and people would surely mean water, and the introduction of water improved any plan. I found the source of the light inside a fisherman's shack, with three young men watching Big Mama II dubbed in Spanish, three big dogs, and three small cats. The men, without interrupting their television viewing, offered me water, prepared some fried bread and clams for all of us, and didn't mind in the least that I would spend the night on their little sofa once the movie was over. The generator powering the television ran out of fuel a few minutes before the movie finished anyway. All's well that ends well with a moral to the story being that staying by the shore increases the probability of finding fishermen with water compared to the barrenness of the desert in bloom.
I spent six days walking along the long shore encountering fishermen's shacks with jovial gentlemanly fishermen more than happy to provide fresh water and shellfish with fried bread. What a diverse culture I've seen.
Northward, the shacks will thin out, I'm being told, but I'm good for another 200 kilometers (another four days.)