On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Morgade to Mercadoiro

April 9, 2013 — 2 Comments
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Finally, at seven-thirty, I made it. Not to Santiago de Compostela, but the one hundred kilometer marker. I was happy and wanted to make sure I had a good photo. I set up the camera on the wall across the road and took photos of myself standing beside the marker… While playing with the camera timer and posing for photos, I didn’t realize a woman in her 80’s had been watching me with apparent interest. It was one spot where I would have liked someone to share the moment with, and I guess I did, with her. As I passed, I smiled and said, “Buenos Noches” or good night. She gave me a big Buen Camino… From Page 174, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days.

Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I leave somewhere near Morgade, 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).

On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Barbadelo to Morgade, I had an enjoyable climb into the farmland communities west of Sarria. After briefly visiting the Casa Morgade, it was time to continue and find a place to stay for the night. My goal for the day was to get past the 100 kilometer marker from Santiago de Compostela and not much further.

Path Morgade Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

At times, the Galician farmland went on as far as the eye could see.

farmland Morgade Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 More peaceful track through farmland. Rock walls line the path.

farmland path Morgade Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

I made it! Here, I’m at the 100 kilometer bollard or marker—an important spot for most pilgrims, especially those who started closer to St. Jean Pied de Port. It was early evening and now, I had to find a place to stay.

Randall St. Germain 100 kilometer bollard Morgade Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

Sections of road such as these would become streams during excessive rainfall. For those of you who have followed my journey in my book, the last rain I would have along the French Way was earlier that morning in Samos.

path 100 kilometer bollard Morgade Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 I can’t remember the name of this monument. If someone knows, please leave a comment below.

Memorial  Ferreiros Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 A very old stone bench. Pilgrims, please take your garbage with you.

bench Ferreiros Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

Entering the hamlet of Ferreiros, the church of Santa Maria de Ferreiros is on the right. Ferreiros had a small albergue but it was full. By now, it was after 8 PM and I was getting a little concerned…

church Ferreiros Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

At 97.5 kilometer, I was lucky to find this delightful albergue that wasn’t in my guidebook. I actually felt like I was a guest of the couple who owned the farmhouse. My stay here was one of my best experiences and I talk about it favourably in my book.

home albergue Ferreiros Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

The next morning, the sun was out, and it looked to be a fine day. It was the first day in many that I woke up to the sun.

path Ferreiros Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 The view from the Alto Páramo, where the climb to start the day ended.

lookout Ferreiros Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

The Cruce Momientos, the last monument before the Camino steeply descends into Portomarín.

cross Ferreiros Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop near the hamlet of Mercadoiro. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Mercadoiro to Portomarín, I’ll take you to the edge of Portomarín, an ancient settlement with an interesting recent history. Please join me.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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2 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Morgade to Mercadoiro

  1. Pictures are good. Helps with my planning. Hope to be there April 2017. Training now. Am a bit senior so it takes longer to shape up.

    • Glad to help a little. I’m not quite a senior but this time will be difficult getting in shape for me. Just know your body and if you’re not quite in shape, be patient and take it easy. You don’t want to get hurt and if you are able to walk a good length of the Camino, then you can’t help eventually being in better shape. I wish you all the best. Buen Camino 🙂

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