I could relax and work on my writing for a change. I had updated my audio journal throughout each day but was always too tired or had no time to work on my written journal. I still didn’t know what would result from my journals, but I hoped I could publish something. I thought about a book, but at that point, I still wasn’t sure. Writing a book seemed like so much work, but how hard could it be? I can write good English, can’t I?… From Page 189, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. Yes, at that point, I still wasn’t sure about writing a book, but that evening in Arca O Pino, I began my new journey in publishing. Looking back though, I wish I would have thought of something more lucrative. Why couldn’t I think of Instagram?
Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I arrived on the outskirts of Arca O Pino, 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, Salceda to Arca O Pino, I arrived during the early evening on my spring Camino Francés and at midday on my summer Camino del Norte. I’ll try not to be confusing as I show photos from both of my Caminos.
This is the older settlement of Rúa, just before O Burgo.
On both Caminos, I went straight to the highway when I saw it. If you wish to bypass Arca, the Camino actually travels through the eucalyptus forest to the right of the highway. This was from my summer Camino del Norte.
This was the albergue in O Burgo where I stayed on my Camino Francés (this photo was from my Camino del Norte). O Burgo is just on the edge of Arca. Both are parishes of the municipality of O Pino.
Walking along the highway to Arca.
If you walk the Camino in the summer, this is the scene you should expect at some of the alberques, especially as you get closer to Santiago de Compostela. This is the albergue in Arca as pilgrims waited for it to open at 1pm.
The Casa do Concello in Arca is the administrative office for the municipality. If you follow the road to the left, you can’t miss the Camino.
Looking back at downtown Arca.
Here, we leave Arca and head back into the eucalyptus.
This was from my Camino Francés.
It may be hard to believe but the next two photos are from my summer Camino del Norte. You can tell that many of the pilgrims stayed in Arca.
The Camino emerged from the forest to farmland and I had a visit with these cattle.
The 15 kilometer bollard in the community of Amenal.
Back into the forest for a stretch before emerging to…
the gradual climb to the community of San Payo. The airport for Santiago de Compostela will soon be on your left.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I’ll save the stretch by the airport for my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, San Payo to Lavacolla, as I also visited the town of Lavacolla. Please join me as I take you closer to Santiago de Compostela.
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