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

May 14, 2013 — 9 Comments
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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.

Outskirts Arca do Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


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.

burgo Arca Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

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.

burgo albergue  Arca Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

Walking along the highway to Arca.

highway Arca Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

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.

albergue Arca Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

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.

casa concello Arca Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

Looking back at downtown Arca.

downtown Arca Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 Here, we leave Arca and head back into the eucalyptus.

turn Arca Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

This was from my Camino Francés.

eucalyptus forest Arca Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

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.

eucalyptus Arca Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

eucalyptus path Arca Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

The Camino emerged from the forest to farmland and I had a visit with these cattle.

cattle Arca Pino Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

The 15 kilometer bollard in the community of Amenal.

15 bollard amenal Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 Back into the forest for a stretch before emerging to…

path amenal Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

the gradual climb to the community of San Payo. The airport for Santiago de Compostela will soon be on your left.

path San payo Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

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.

If you have my book, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, or have ordered it, I really appreciate your support. It’s also out on Kindle and Kobo. My Goodreads and Amazon pages have reviews and more information. Please share this post, and thanks for your time.




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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9 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Arca O Pino to San Payo

  1. “Looking back though, I wish I would have thought of something more lucrative. Why couldn’t I think of Instagram?”

    Do you mean, not have written your book?

    By writing your wonderful book, you left your mark…You took your thoughts, feelings and desires and expressed them in a way that the reader not only reads them but also feels them. Yes, it’s been a long road, you’ll see your dreams will come alive!

  2. Ummm… yes, I’m glad to have written the book. There are some aspects of publishing that have been difficult. Plus, I’m still learning as I go along. I should be better set up and have more connections than when I released my first book. Thanks again for your kind words. I really appreciate it 🙂

  3. Hi Randall,

    link is missing here to the next post (San Payo to Lavacolla).

  4. Randall,

    Thank you so much for your descriptions and photos. Although I took almost 2,000 photos during my 2014 Camino, there was a lot that I missed and seeing yours has filled in the gaps. Additionally, I was having difficulty identifying some places and again, your details helped a great deal. I look forward to reading all your posts.

    🙂 Elissa

    • P.S. I would love to know what technology you used for your audio journal. I tried out various apps on my iPhone but found none of them to be very satisfactory and have wondered if I need to return to using an old-fashioned tape recorder of some kind…. Thank you!

      • Ellissa, I used the recorder app on my smart phone. On my first Camino, I had an iPhone and on my 2nd, I had a Samsung S3. They worked fine for me. I wouldn’t want to carry any extra weight or buy a recorder. All the best for your next journey. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Elissa, glad I could help. Some of the places took me a while to identify. There are still some I’m unsure about. Enjoy my blog and Buen Camino. 🙂

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