The day started with fog but gradually cleared and by afternoon I was wearing my sunglasses.
It was notably much cooler today. Finally I’m not wet through with sweat, although there weren’t any big climbs.
Much of today’s camino followed ancient roads and pathways like yesterday afternoon. There were once again some beautiful old bridges.
Along these old routes are numerous equally old crucifixes.
There are lots of fallen chestnuts along the road.
The edges of the roadway are often lined with pieces of slate- like rock.
It’s also used as fencing for fields.
Here’s a horrio with modern see-through sides and you can see that it is actually being used to store corn.
Here are some of the cats and dogs I saw along the way. I didn’t see much else, only a few locals were out and about.
I saw only 2 other pilgrims all day. One was a peregrina who had slept in the bunk above mine who was having a rest along the way.
When I mentioned that I had decided to sleep in a private room tonight because once again I’d been kept awake by a snorer, she said that she hadn’t heard a thing! I think I must be sleeping more lightly as I get older.
I hadn’t seen a scarecrow for a while.
I passed through the town of Vilalba which seemed to me to be quite forlorn, with many closed shops and derelict buldings.
The small historic centre was quite nice but you can see that these little inland towns don’t get the money coming in that the coastal towns with many visitors get.
Passing through town, I noticed an examole of what is Spain is called a ‘Chinese Shop’. These are low price variety shops commonly run by Chinese people.
Crossing the freeway, I saw a wind generator blade being transported. You just don’t realise how big these are until you see one up close.
After 7 hours on tbe road including a short lunch break, I’d covered the 33km to Baamonde.
A few kilometers before was this pretty little pilgrim rest spot that someone had set up outside their house.
I checked into my little hotel room that’s at a truck stop. The good news was that they have a grill so I can have a nice dinner. The bad news was that it doesn’t open until 9pm.
That was just too late but I found a wonderful little place ‘Restaurante Galicia’ which opened earlier.
I had a delicious Calda Gallega as well as a T bone steak
and the house special coffee with a bottle of spirits inside the wooden case.
On the way back to my room I passed the pilgrimage Church of Santiago that was founded in the 9th century.
Tomorrow I have a very short walk of just 15km due to the spacing of towns over the next few days.