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.
At times, the Galician farmland went on as far as the eye could see.
More peaceful track through farmland. Rock walls line the path.
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.
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.
I can’t remember the name of this monument. If someone knows, please leave a comment below.
A very old stone bench. Pilgrims, please take your garbage with you.
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…
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.
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.
The view from the Alto Páramo, where the climb to start the day ended.
The Cruce Momientos, the last monument before the Camino steeply descends into Portomarín.
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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