The Menu del Día or set menu has varied little over the last month. For the main course, it’s a choice of pork , beef or chicken fillet , sometimes fish or fried calamari but always, always with chips, like it or not. Last night it was the same meat choice but with salad! Well iceberg lettuce and tomato anyway . At my table st the bar for dinner was an Italian, a Spaniard and Case from the Netherlands . After a while I started mixing up my Spanish and Italian but we understood each other.
This morning I farewelled my friend Antonio from Bilbao, with whom I’d walked for 2 days . He’s heading north to Astorga.
Basically I turned left onto the lower route to Santiago through Ourense while Toni is heading up to the top route.
We had a lot of fun together even if I didn’t always understand what he was saying .
Walking west now , my shadow at sunrise is ahead of me. The trees caught the early morning light then the sun dissapeared behind thick clouds.
I think these sheep might have been waiting to be milked- there’s a lot of sheep milk cheese made around here.
The path was well signposted, but in my usual absent minded manner I walked right past a clear sign saying turn right. I ran out of signs down on the banks of the River Esla. Using my GPS to get back on track I ended up heading the wrong way , scrambling up steep rock faces. The data is very inaccurate, connecting points kilometres apart which ignores features like rivers. Then my tiny brain remembered that I had loaded up different files for the Via Sanabrés, which is what I started today. I loaded that and eventually found my way back to where I’d made the error although on the wrong side of a barbed wire fence that I had to gingerly pass through.
I did get some nice photos of the river though.
I think the platforms are for either duck shooters or fishermen. I think this sign basically says ducks and anyone walking through beware!
Having wasted about an hour walking an extra 5 km, I eventually got back on track and came across two Dutch guys I hadn’t seen for weeks.
Eventually I got to the bridge over the river.
Tbe path from there allowed some spectacular views of the river.
The sky started to clear and the country opened up again in broad fields.
Two types of renewable energy in one photo!
Eventually I arrived at my destination having walked 31 km instead if the planned 25 km.
The albergue here is a very traditional one and we’ll be having a communal dinner tonight.
Excess kilometers well worth the effort. Great pictures in amazing countryside. Is the weather any cooler?
Thanks! 6 to 16 tomorrow. I’m glad I bought the sleeping bag
Beautiful photos especially of the river and the bridge- great definition. What camera / phone are you using?
The countryside has changed dramatically.
How far to go now?
What an amazing experience- in many ways I would imagine.
Thanks for your blog- I look forward to it each morning.
Hope your legs are ok.
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Hi Vicki I’m using a Sony RX100 which is a good quality pocket camera. Soon I’ll be climbing into the hills of Galicia. – about 320km to go.
Hi Paul, hope the weather stays fine for you although judging from your photos of the fields, it looks like it has been a dry summer. What an amazing experience; your Spanish must be very good by now. Enjoy.
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Thanks Barbara It feels a long wY from Ithaca! I’ve only one day of walking in the rain though today is overcast . I’ve gone from 36 degrees when I started to only 14 today.