Happy birthday to the USA. Hope you all have a great July 4th!
Got on a bus to Santiago at 6:45 this morning. Apparently I didn’t sleep very well last night because I was sound asleep when bus arrived at terminal. Bus was nearly empty when a lady woke me up.
Went directly from bus terminal to the cathedral. Directly is probably a stretch but I made it there.
I’m walking the Portuguese Coastal Camino in reverse so saw hundreds of excited pilgrims as they near Santiago. Saw so many that I got a bit tired of saying “Buen Camino” every 2 minutes!
We’re back into rolling hills. I think it’s about 60 miles and then along coast rest of way to Porto.
I really have plenty of time now. I will have a few very low mileage days these last 3 weeks.
The walking is very easy. So is staying on the trail. I just head towards where all the people are coming from.
Lots of grapevines through this area. No big acreages but every garden has some.
The Portuguese Camino has a Central or Coastal option to Porto. I already knew I will be taking Coastal.
One of the advantages of going against the flow is that people will tell me what’s ahead. Bars, lodging, etc.
Met a couple from Germany who left Porto on Coastal and switched to Central. Said Coastal wasn’t enough of a “Camino experience”. Too many small beach towns and beach bars. I laughed to myself because that’s exactly what I’m looking for! To each his own.
Jesus was sitting all alone near a church. He got all excited when I said “Hola” to him. He talked non-stop for 10 minutes. Most of the time I was just nodding or saying “Si”. He was the perfect “Hola” smile. Guessing it made his day.
I am missing the physical challenge, incredible scenery, and solitude of the Camino dos Faros. I am not missing walking through an overgrown jungle and having no clue if I’m actually on a trail.
One good thing about this detour is that it reminded me of all the people who are supporting me on this journey. I received an incredible outpouring of encouragement. Thanks to all of you.
I’m still disappointed but I was never going to quit.
My focus now is on reaching Pontevedra. We live in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. That’s cool plus I’ve heard it’s a very nice city.
Pontevedra is about 25 miles from here. I’m going to take my time and get there in 2 days
. Pretty proud of myself for not planning to race there in 1 day! Then I’m going to take a zero day there to explore.
Happy trails and buen Camino!