Day 29 Navia to Tapia de Casariego 14 miles (434 miles total)

Today began with a steady mist. Forecast called for rain so I’ll take the mist!

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Not as many people out and about when the weather is a bit crappy. Thought I may have a difficult time with my “Hola” smile until I ran into this lady.

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Got back near the ocean later in the morning. Just in time for mist to change to rain.

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Got to walk along the edge of the cliffs for several miles. I veered off the path of the Camino to peer over the edge. Fun but really got my shoes quite wet which is no good!

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The cliffs are pretty steep…as in straight down 50 feet. It would be a very painful fall if you slipped. If you miraculously survived the fall, you’d probably be there for a while. At least until the tide came in. Bottom line…there is no way a fall here has a good ending.

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Tomorrow we will be taking a big left turn and heading inland. It’s 124 miles from here to Santiago de Compostela, which is the destination for pilgrims on all the different Camino’s.

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There are about as many pilgrims arriving in Santiago each day at this time of year as through hike the Appalachian Trail in a year. I must confess that arriving in Santiago doesn’t really excite me. Some pilgrims will think that is total blasphemy so I only tell you.

I prefer this solitude. Saw no one else for a good 2 hours today. The fact that it was raining pretty good may have been a factor.

It was a wee bit scary getting this picture!

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We’ll be away from the coast for about 170 miles. My plan is to do some big mile days through this stretch so I can take my time once I get back to the coast.

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When it’s raining, operating my phone becomes quite a challenge. The screen gets wet. My hands are wet. None of the “buttons” want to work. Thankfully the Camino was easy to follow through here as getting my navigation app open wasn’t going to happen. Missed a few good photo ops.

Did get dry enough to get this casa on the hill. Nice!

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Stopped in a small beach bar to escape the rain. The bar would be incredible on a nice day. It was just outside a really small town (Porcia) with a view similar to this.

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I rolled into Tapia de Casariego about 1:30. Cool town built on the cliffs and down to the ocean.

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Spent 2 or 3 hours at a bar/restaurant where I had dinner and a beer…well maybe more than one. When I was leaving, bartender gave me a couple of tee shirts. Not really sure how to take that?!

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Almost forgot to mention that my tomorrow (your today) is Naked Hiking Day. As you’re reading this, there’s a good chance I’m sauntering down the Camino in my birthday suit.

Happy trails and buen Camino!

 

2 thoughts on “Day 29 Navia to Tapia de Casariego 14 miles (434 miles total)

  1. One simple request Jeffe- please no selfies on naked day!!!!! I think weather forecasting should move down a few notches in your retirement resume!

    Keep trekking 👍👍

    Mary

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