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.
I really enjoyed walking along this scenic path. This was during my Camino Francés.
This beautiful fuchsia was at least 6 feet high. This was from August.
More flowers by the path in August. These flowers were also found in the more temperate areas of the Camino del Norte.
Back alongside the highway in Salceda.
One of the older monuments, just before entering a tunnel (or after exiting).
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.
I’m not sure where some of the pilgrim’s gear was.
The area ahead had a rest area beneath the windmill.
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.
Back on a path through eucalyptus forests.
Let’s stop here, at the 20 kilometer bollard.
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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