A peaceful, narrow, gravel road with walls of dirt and stone went through a forest of eucalyptus, highlighted by a symphony from the songbirds. I emerged from the forest into farmland for a while before traveling through the trees again… Small streams required a short drop and climb, and at one, a foot bridge comprised of large slabs of rock rested on smaller ones and spanned the shallow water. I had hoped to have my photo taken with the fifty kilometer marker, but instead, I saw the 49.5. It didn’t have the same prestige as the fifty, so I didn’t bother… From Page 186, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. I really had anticipated having my photo taken with the 50 kilometer bollard and was a little disappointed that it wasn’t there.
Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago in Melide, Galicia. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).
I left my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Furelos to Melide, inside the Iglesia de Sancti Spiritus in Melide. I walked out, and as I was leaving the town, I met this cute horse tied up in a yard. After a brief conversation, I said goodbye and moved on.
This is the quiet community on the outskirts of Melide, known as Santa María de Melide.
Beneath the eucalyptus trees, along a very dry Galician path.
One of the aforementioned stone footbridges. I’m sure some of these have been here for centuries.
This is the community of Boente, looking back on the road I had just followed.
Rolling farmland and forests: typical of the terrain and landscape in this area.
Well, it’s not the 50, but here’s the 44.5 kilometer bollard. The yellow arrow clearly shows the way.
I believe this is still Boente. Be careful when walking along the road here.
Farmland and gardens.
A pleasant walk toward Ribadiso.
Although I normally don’t like to see homes in ruins, this one looked magical with the trees and flowers. Maybe, it’s just me.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop just before descending to the village of Ribadiso, which, similar to Furleos, had an ancient bridge in an attractive setting. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Ribadiso to Arzúa, we’ll cross that very bridge before climbing to Arzúa, a town famous for its cheese. Please join me as I take you closer to Santiago de Compostela.
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