On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Salceda to Arca O Pino

May 13, 2013 — 4 Comments
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The long stretches in the open zapped my energy, and a large blister on my right heel felt like it was erupting. At a pop machine in O Emplame, I pressed for a Coke Light but got a regular Coke. There was nobody around to help me, and the bottle felt so cold that I drank it anyway. It had been years since I had a regular Coke. By now, I was thirsty, dead tired, and didn’t really give a crap… From Page 187, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. That was from my Camino Francés and the machine was still there when I walked by again during my Camino del Norte. It’s funny how some moments such as having my first regular Coke in years stayed with me.

Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I arrived in Salceda, 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, Arzúa to Salceda, I left the town of Arzúa in the afternoon of a warm spring day during my Camino Francés, and a foggy morning during my summer Camino del Norte. From Arzúa, the Camino followed paths alongside farmland, and through small communities and mixed forests dominated by eucalyptus. There were also stretches such as these alongside the highway. As I mentioned, the long stretches in the open zapped my energy.

path Salceda Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 

 I really enjoyed walking along this scenic path. This was during my Camino Francés.

stones path Salceda Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 

This beautiful fuchsia was at least 6 feet high. This was from August.

fushia Salceda Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 

More flowers by the path in August. These flowers were also found in the more temperate areas of the Camino del Norte.

flowers path Salceda Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 

 Back alongside the highway in Salceda.

highway Salceda Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 




 

 

One of the older monuments, just before entering a tunnel (or after exiting).

memorial Salceda Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 

Of course, care has to be taken while crossing the highway. I admired this woman ahead who pulled a cart with her gear. I’m sure it was tough to pull on some of the rougher paths.

pilgrims highway Salceda Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 

I’m not sure where some of the pilgrim’s gear was.

track Salceda Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 

The area ahead had a rest area beneath the windmill.

windmill Salceda Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 

A restaurant where I took a much-needed break during my Camino del Norte. It’s hard to distinguish but I believe this was still considered Salceda. From here, there is a long, gradual climb to the alto at Santa Irene. If you need a place to stay, there are two small albergues in Santa Irene that I’m sure get filled up quite early, especially in the summer.

restaurant Salceda Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 




 

 

 Back on a path through eucalyptus forests.

Arca do Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 

eucalyptus Arca do Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 

 Let’s stop here, at the 20 kilometer bollard.

20 bollard Arca do Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

As I mentioned in a prior post, due to various diversions through the years, these distances weren’t always accurate. I think it was about 2 kilometers off at this point (closer to 22). I really struggled in this area during my Camino Francés in the late afternoon, as I needed to find a place to stay in Arca O Pino. As for my Camino del Norte, I would be continuing all the way to Santiago de Compostela.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  On my next one, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Arca O Pino to San Payo, I’ll take you through the Galician town of Arca. Please join me as I we get closer and closer to Santiago de Compostela.

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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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4 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Salceda to Arca O Pino

  1. Rita Emmenegger October 7, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Thank you for sharing your photos and story. I am “watching” where my husband is traveling, and it makes me feel a little closer to him when I actually see the towns he is talking about. He is on the home stretch!!

    • You’re welcome, Rita. I’m glad to help in my own way. I’m sure he’s enjoying his Camino. I wish you and your husband the best. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Hi Randall

    I have a quick question – I don’t know if you can assist – I am taking small group on Camino in Oct – through Melide/Salceda – someone told me it will be inundated with tourists – Original advice I received was that by October things not as bad as peak of summer. If you have any advice it would be much appreciated.

    • Hi Jon. I walked through Melide in mid May and really, it didn’t seem that busy then. I really can’t see October being busy, unless there is a festival that I don’t know about. Certainly not like the Summer. I think your main concern is the weather but let’s hope for sunny skies. I wish you and your group all the best. Buen Camino 🙂

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