Today we decided to walk through to Ourense as given our forced extended walk yesterday, other options would have made the day too short. It ended up being a 38km walk with a lot on asphalt. My feet are sore!
A looong straight road that went for miles
There’s a lot of water in Galicia and I’m told it rains a lot.
Some people sensibly carry an umbrella .
I saw many more Hórreos or grain stores today – old ones, new ones and sometimes just the remains of some . Some people make them a feature of their gardens.
A more recent one next to a new house
At Xunqieria we stopped for lunch in bar in a lovely old restored building. It was also a private albergue and looked like it would have been a nice place to stay.
After eating the albóndigas or meatballs
I climbed up a rickety ladder and picked some figs.
The timing of this walk has been good for picking fruit. As I’ve walked north, the grapes, figs and apples have been ripening as I passed through. I had more grapes and figs along the road today.
There are chestnuts everywhere here. There all over the footpaths like mangos back home in January.
This place raises its pigs on chestnuts.
It seems to be a bigger year than normal for chestnuts and prices are low.
Getting close to Ourense the way wasn’t that pleasant
I’m staying here in a hotel for a rest day on Sunday and I’m planning to visit the hot springs that led the Romans to found the town. I parted company with Manolo as he’s staying in the Albergue and is heading off in the morning .
What a long but beautiful walk Paul.
The trees and ferns and fruit are lovely.
I hope you’re having an interesting and enjoyable rest day in ourense. It looked surprisingly industrial after the photos of the countryside.
What’s your expected day of arrival?
I will miss your blog. Where are you planning on going next? You’ve inspired me to consider walking somewhere beautiful in Europe/ Britain. Nowhere as lengthy as yours- but as you’ve said- walking gives you the chance to see a lot.
Take care Paul and thanks for your blog- I enjoy it very much.
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Thanks so much Vicki for you kind comments. I should arrive in Santiago on Thursday . Haven’t thought too much yet about another walk – this one has been so intense
Man, you won’t want this to finish….enjoy the hot springs. Are you gonna get in or is it not that sort of springs?