We walked together, and at first, I enjoyed having someone to talk with. Michael was friendly and spoke English well, but he had a tendency to ask very personal questions, considering we had only met a few minutes earlier. He wanted to know about my job, my finances, my girlfriend, among other things. He asked for details, which I thought was inappropriate, so I managed to switch the topic of conversation to the Camino. He asked where and when I had started and how far I walked every day. I told him I averaged about forty kilometers a day which he replied was easy; he said he wouldn’t have a problem. Yes, it was easy for him to say considering it was his first day on the Camino and he was carrying a backpack about the same size as someone would find on a Labradoodle… From Page 179, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days.
Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I left Portomarín, 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).
If you arrive to Portomarín late in the day and tired, you may want to consider staying there. A good climb is ahead with no albergues for 5 kilometers. On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain, I climbed up the ancient staircase into the “new” town of Portomarín. Although it was still morning, I felt sluggish after my two breaks. I continued and crossed the arm over the Río Miño and back up another hill. Here I sweated profusely and was glad to reach the highway and a gentler climb. This is where I walked with the pilgrim in the aforementioned passage. According to the Codex Calixtinus, the first Camino guidebook dating to the 12th century, a brothel was once in this area.
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.