The forecast today was for rain, but it was cloudy but fine when I headed off.

This goat came to say hello. Perhaps he gets fed by pilgrims.

Here’s a horrio ( elevated grain store) at the end of a rainbow.

Here are a few more horrios. Often they sit over the road leading into a village.

Lots of cabbage to make the local soup, Caldo Galego.

Mid morning I arrived in Mondoñedo which boasts a fine cathedral.

Here the camino splits two ways. One option is mainly on asphalt and is about 5km longer but doesn’t have too much climbing.The other heads across a mountain, is 5km shorter but is mainly on dirt roads.As by then it was raining, most pilgrims opted for the low route but as I hate walking on asphalt, I opted for the high route.

The big bad black cloud is about to swallow up the nice little white cloud.

I came across these old ladies and tried to have a conversation with them, but they spoke only Gallego and I didn’t understand more than a few words of what they said.

Gallego is the regional language of Galicia and is closely related to Portuguese. I think they were saying something like ” It’s raining up there, don’t be stupid!

The road kept going up and up. I climbed around 1,000m today in the rain.

There was nowhere to stop to eat, so I just ate almonds and chocolate as I walked.

After a few hours I reached an area without trees and I thought I’d reached the top.

But it was a few more kilometers before I finally reached the summit. The clouds lifted a little and I could see more climbing ahead.

There are a lot of wind generators up here.

Mowing a forestry road.

About 8 hours into the day I was getting close to my destination, a little rural albergue, ‘O Xistral’

Here I’m having dinner and getting my washing and drying done. How lovely after a day walking wet to tbe skin!Tomorrow is forecast to be fine for my 33km but mostly flat walk to Baamonde.