Nice walk this morning from Ventas de Naron to Palas de Rei, except for the rough downhill with all the stones – that was only for about 250m – so not too bad. Went through Ligonde Airexe and quite a few farming hamlets.
Walking around Palas de Rei we seen these trees and I figure if we can’t find a toadstool the tree would do!!!
Started off with a nice mist, although didn’t leave until 7:40 (bad move). On through Gonzar, not that bad uphill just went slowly. After Gonzar the sun came out and we had to go up a very steep hill then gradually up after that through Castromaior and Hospital de la Cruz very little Shade and the sun beating down at 32. Very pleased when we reached Ventas de Naron, it is amazing what a nice cool shower can do to raise the old spirits.
From Sarria we passed through the farming hamlets of Barbadelo, Cruce, Peruscallo, Morgade and Ferreiros. This is where we had our last stamp put into our original Camino passport. Once you are at the 100k mark you must have two stamps in the Camino passport for every day you walk. From there walked through Mercadoiro, Vilacha and onto Portomarin. Walking over the bridge I thought I saw stairs but after yesterday’s stairs at Sarria, I said no can’t be…but yes it was. So after 23k the thought of the stairs was not appealing but had to be done, then up the hill to where we are staying.
Today we went from Triacastela to Sarria, through San Christobo, Renche,Samos and Vigo de Sarria. Up and then mainly down until we reached Sarria then it was up and quite a flight of stairs, just about done us in. After a wee drink and some substance we walked up and down the town, really lovely. The wall is amazing and the view from the cross is something else.
Tomorrow is 27k so we will see how things go. We plan to celebrate Canada Day in Santiago, so will have to be vigilant with the walking the next 10 days.
Quite an interesting first part of the day, as we came out of O’Cebreiro you looked at the floating islands, this is where the clouds are below the mountains. Onward into Linares and a mist just appeared, walked through the mist for 2.5k into Hospital de la Condesa, as we left the village the mist just disappeared. The first part of the day was mainly uphill and at one point was very steep to the highest point of the Camino in Provence of Galicia (1335m). Onto to Fonfria, where we were gong to stay but decided to carry on to Triacastela, all downhill through Biduedo and Fillobal. All in all 20.7k today.
Yes a two hour horseback ride up the mountain. It was really special. We passed through La Faba nd Laguna d Castillo, where the horses had a real good drink of water.
Into O’Cebreiro where the six riders, Ronnie and the owner of the company had a really nice drink and some Tapas.
At the Church in O’Cerbreiro Ronnie and I had a nice opportunity to have our picture taken together…..back to reality tomorrow.
From Trabadelo the walk went through a few wee villages the first being LaPortela de Valcarce. I just had to take a picture of the entrance to the playground, the wee old folks on each pillar. Going on through Anbasmestas and Vega de Valcarce where the cows were walking up the stree. Just thought of home. Ruitelan then into Las Herrerias, where my treat starts tomorrow.
The actual walk was again all along the road but with lovely views and of course the sound of the Ria Valcarce