As I ate while sitting on a bench in the shade, I reminded myself for the umpteenth time to take regular breaks. It was my nineteenth day on the Camino, and I should have learned by now. Sometimes, a person – in this case, I’m talking about myself – doesn’t learn until something bad happens. Even my shoulders were sore for the first time in days. Despite it being clear and sunny with no chance of rain, some of the pilgrims were dressed in rain pants and had their backpack covers on. I wasn’t the only one who still had trouble trusting the weather… From Page 187, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. Well, this time, it wasn’t the rain and cold that I was worried about. I would really struggle in the afternoon heat.
Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago just before Ribadiso, 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, Melide to Ribadiso, I left the Galician town of Melide in the middle of a fine spring day. I had just visited the first church that was opened in days and was able to relax in the peaceful setting. After Melide, there was another quiet walk alongside farmland.
The 40 kilometer bollard, although I would find out later in the day, these weren’t always accurate. The Camino had been changed with various diversions through the years.
Approaching the Río Iso and Ribadiso.
There has been a bridge spanning the river here since the 6th century. If you feel like stopping, a large albergue in Ribadiso awaits you. It may be a more viable choice, especially if you enjoy a quaint and quiet location. Also remember, there is still a climb ahead to Arzúa.
Looking back at the bridge. Difficult to see from this angle.
I was exhausted from the climb and stopped at this handy Repsol station for some refreshment and the aforementioned break before moving on to Arzúa.
The entrance to Arzúa looked very modern. Arzúa is known for its cheese, Ulloa. In fact, this particular cheese is DOP (name protected). For more information on Ulloa please check HERE. Every March since 1975, Arzúa has hosted its cheese festival.
The Camino had followed a sidewalk along the road through the modern section, but veered off here to the left. Along the Camino, Arzúa didn’t have many buildings and landmarks that looked very old.
The lineup of pilgrims waiting in the early afternoon. I still had a long walk ahead.
This was a relaxing spot and I took another break. The plaza is one block above the Camino. If you stay on the Camino, you will miss most of the shopping area in Arzúa.
Although a church has stood here for centuries, the Iglesia de Santiago was rebuilt in the mid-1950s. This was taken during my Camino Francés…
and this after the sun was setting during my Camino Del Norte. If you don’t know, the Camino del Norte joins the Camino Francés in Arzúa. I’ll talk about that in upcoming posts.
Taken during a beautiful afternoon in May…
the same spot, on an early morning in August. The fog would clear later that morning.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop here on the outskirts of Arzúa. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Arzúa to Salceda, I’ll leave Arzúa and incorporate photos from both of my journeys on the French Way and Camino del Norte. Please join me as I take you closer to Santiago de Compostela.
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