From Ligonde, the road headed steeply downhill, enough to warrant a switchback. Then, a short climb to Eirexe drained most of my remaining energy. In the sleepy hamlet, I stopped at the albergue for another ice cream. I needed something to energize and motivate me. It was two-thirty, and Palas de Rei was still over seven kilometers away. My plan was to stay in Melide, a large town with many albergue beds. However, it was well past Palas de Rei, with more hills in between. I took an extended break of half an hour, composed myself, encouraged myself, and moved on… From Page 181, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. After two weeks of mostly cold and wet weather, I sure struggled on the first warm, sunny day of my Camino.
Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I left Ventas De Narón, 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).
I left my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Portomarín to Ventas De Narón, here, overlooking the farmland while showing the difference between the scrubland at the higher elevation and the farmland below. Let’s continue…
Before I go much further, I must confess. Some of the hamlets along the stretch seemed to run into each other and I didn’t always know exactly which one I was in. I’ll do my best with the locations but please excuse me if I have one or two of the places wrong. This ancient cruceiro was before Ligonde.
Some more features along the Camino. Another cruceiro or cross and a cart.
I didn’t sit on this rustic bench, but appreciated whoever was thoughtful and kind enough to put it there.
It may be a little confusing but Ligonde actually is composed of two hamlets. This was the view leaving the hamlet of Ligonde Ligonde with Eirexe de Ligonde ahead (I hope I have that right).
This was a first antenna I saw, shaped as an arrow, which pointed the way to Santiago de Compostela.
I believe this is approaching the Church of Santiago in Eirexe de Ligonde.
Typical of the path alongside the road. It was fairly quiet when I walked, but it’s always a good idea to watch for traffic as some cars sped by very fast.
Farmland as far as I could see.
Ruins of a home in Lestedo.
Approaching the Rectoral de Lestedo in Lestedo, an option for those wishing to take a day off from the albergues. For more information, please check out their website.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop in Lestedo. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Lestedo to Palas de Rei, as I continued to struggle on the warmest afternoon so far on the Camino, I visited the town of Palas de Rei and met a new friend. Please join me as I take you closer to Santiago de Compostela.
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