We left Portomarin about 7:15 am it was about 15C and foggy. We arrived in Palas de Rei just hefore 2 pm. In just under 7 hrs we walked 24 k. 36770 steps. By noon it was 27C – 74% humidity, just a little muggy! Galicia is not flat, all day we were either going up hill or down! Soooo tired!
We left Palas de Rei just after 8 am, it was still dark, but there was enough light to see where we were going. The sky was cloudy, so it stayed darker longer than we anticipated, and there was no beautiful sunrise. We had a long day planned and wanted to get out the door early
We have see several of these stone bridges, a place for pilgrims to pass when the creeks fills with water, and I am sure it does during the raining season.
We arrived in Melide around noon, this is about ½ way for the day. Bill’s ankle seemed to beholding up quite well. Melide is famous for the pulpa (octopus) dish and one of the pilgrims we know pointed us in the direction of the most famous restaurant so we could give it a try. The restaurant was quiet when we went in, but given it was lunch time it didn’t take long to fill with pilgrims and locals like. The pulpa was okay, tasty enough, a little chewy, and obviously very popular.
Back on the road again, the clouds had cleared and the sun was shining, about 18 C, it was great for walking. The path in residential areas are lined with flowers and in one place a rosemary shrub ran for about 50 feet, about 2 ½ feet high, it was starting to bloom.
One place I noticed an older farming couple unloading the wagon, beside it with huge wheel barrow of Kale. We have seen it growing very large garden patches, the plants about 6 feet high, with all but the top few leaves picked. I don’t know anyone who would eat that much Kale, so I am wondering what else it is used for…….
Today we covered about 32 k, 4 big hills to go up and down, all in the last 8 k, so by the time we arrived at the hotel we were exhausted, and after the shower, and daily laundry we had a nap until dinner, which was at 8 pm.
Two more days to reach Santiago, we plan to walk about 36k over the next two days, so we are hopeful that things will be easier, but as I type this it is raining hard, so I am not sure, well at least it isn’t a cold rain! See you tomorrow!
we travelled from Portomarin to Palas de Rei, 24.9 k according to the guide-book, and it seems the camino has saved all the rainy days for our last few days! cold with a high of about 16 C. it rained or was misty a good deal of the morning, with the sun coming out periodically during the afternoon. It was hard to be inspired to take photos. Rainy day camino path pictures have been showing up quite a bit on the blog!
We did pass this one barn, the doors were open and the cows were watching the soggy pilgrims walk by, is it me or do I see a sympathetic gaze in their eyes.
With our heads down we march forward through the rain to the next town, knowing our trip will be over soon. We are hoping the weather will be better tomorrow.
- The Camino Frances de Santiago, Route now on google maps (elcaminochallenge.com)
- The mighty Camino de Sanitago: The Highlights (theolivepress.es)
We are back on the road again, Matt has joined us for the final stage, and we passed the marker that told us we have less than 100 kilometres to walk to get to Santiago de Compostela. Breakfast at the hotel was served at 8 am, so we were a little late getting started for the day, Bill’s ankle/shin is a little sore so he is not marching ahead as he might have been, and as you might know I stop for lots of pictures, so we took a long time to get to Portomarin (the spanish spelling for Portomarin is Puertomarin). It was around 4 pm when we arrived.
The morning was misty or more foggy, no rain, so that was a good thing, we didn’t need our ponchos. The mist hung in the air and clung to the plants and spider webs. Days like this I miss my macro lens and my tripod!
Delicate drew drops hanging on the web.
Just outside of Sarria we crossed the Ponte de Aspera, a small “romantic style” bridge built sometime in the 12 century.
about 1:30 the clouds broke, the fog lifted and we had sunshine to walk into Portomarin. It was another great day, on the camino, Santiago de Compostela is almost in sight! I have noticed that some of the town names are spelled differently when I go to look up accommodation or weather conditions, Portomarin = Puertomarin is just one example. This can make internet searches very complicated and or interesting! I am slowly getting this worked out, and it is something I am going to keep in mind when travelling in the future.
- Gettimg closer 66 Kms to go – Palas De Rei, Spain (travelpod.com)
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- Dos Caminos (walkuforia.wordpress.com)