Today was a pretty fantastic, if arduous, walk: starting in the valley floor, then up, up, up along the side of a pretty big hill to the top, where windmills awaited far in the distance. Watching them slowly get closer was pretty amazing. The terrain totally changed: Welcome to Galicia!
If I recall correctly, at the top of this hill is where I met a man with binoculars, who offered me some water. I asked if he was looking at birds.
“No,” he replied, “cows.”
“You’re cow-watching…?” I asked, skeptical.
“Well, they are my cows. I’m seeing where they are and how they are doing,” he explained. He said he loved his life: spending the days in nature, watching over his free-range, happy cows. “A relaxing life,” he said.
It didn’t seem so bad at all.
At some point in the past few days, much to my chagrin, I found myself back in pace with the posse of pilgrims I’d met earlier.
Generally, there are only so many places along the route to stay, and once pilgrims are on the route, they wind up seeing the same people night after night, unless someone is injured and stays an extra night in one town (albergue rules state that pilgrims cannot stay more than one night unless injured); goes only a short distance; or pays extra to stay in a private room.
Finally! A day with some mileage. Not too many memories of this day, so instead, here are some photos of arrows! Click on any of the photos to see the gallery/slideshow view, with larger images!
The visit to Lago de Sanabria was super-fun! The national park was beautiful, and we stopped in a nearby town to have drinks and even more chorizo in a bar that was inside some sort of medieval castle or something. An awesome day with really cool people!
Right This Way!
Today, I was a total and utter slug, going only 11.5 km (about 7 miles).
I stopped midday for a coffee in the town of Palacios de Sanabria, where there was no albergue. I drank my coffee inside the bar, still not accustomed to the stares and downright rude looks I would get from the townsfolk.
keep on reading about my adventure in Sanabria