Even on a dull day, the landscape was vibrant, with numerous shades of green. For some reason, there were few pilgrims on this stretch. A man and woman ahead were slowed by the hill, and I easily passed them. Farther up, a sign directed walkers on a trail while cyclists were to stay on the road. A walker who obviously remembered the previous mountain decided the road was a better choice. Cheater? Wimp? Smart? Maybe this man was a bit of all three… From Page 162, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. For certain, that pilgrim arrived in Galicia before I did, as I had a rough, muddy trail ahead.
On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Vega de Valcarce to Hospital Inglés, I had a scenic walk through of a valley, rich with agriculture and various trees and shrubs. It was evident that this area had ample rainfall. In fact, that’s what it did all morning. The hamlet of Hospital Inglés was peaceful and an easy walk, but once I passed, the Camino began to climb steeply.
These ruins of a home were on the edge of Hospital Inglés. From this angle, you can see the steepness of the roof. I’m sure this was designed for the snowfall at the higher elevations.
Rich farmland and hills as the Camino climbed along the road through the valley.
Another view as I looked back toward Hospital. The steep hillside farmland was best suited for grazing.
The aforementioned spot where walkers were supposed to go left and cyclists were to stay on the road. You may be able to see the walker on the road ahead. From here, the path dropped followed by a fairly steep climb to La Faba. I recommend walkers to get off the road and onto the trail.
I really enjoyed these scenic stretches along the Camino.
This portion had a rough trail at times and could be considered as actual hiking. It’s not typical for the Camino Francés.
If you’re not paying attention, it’s easy to miss some of the ancient surprises, such as this little stone bridge.
I admired this cyclist and his friend for staying on the actual Camino because they didn’t have to. As you can tell, the trail was steep and difficult to pedal. I passed the cyclist, only for him to pass me, and then, I passed him again. We laughed every time we passed each other. We saw each other one last time at the upcoming alto. I wouldn’t see either of the cyclists again.
A few scenes as I walked through the quaint and very quiet hamlet of La Faba. There is an albergue here for those of you who have had enough of the climb, or in the case of the woman I was walking with, had enough of the weather too. It was a good thing she stopped because the rain got far worse during the last five kilometers to Galicia.
Although La Faba it is not quite in Galicia, this view was very typical of many of the hamlets and villages I would walk through over the next few days to Santiago de Compostela. It’s one of the reasons Galicia has such a special place in my heart.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I finished, oh so close to Galicia. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, La Faba to O Cebreiro, the rain pounded harder and the fog crept in, as I made one last climb into Galicia, and visited the ancient town of O Cebreiro. Please join me.
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