Portomarin to Palas de Rei
25 kilometers – 15 miles
We are killing kilometers now–the “clicks” (slang for kilometers) are surely dropping, and in this stretch we see monuments at nearly every “click” showing what is left in this walk.
We are now less than 70 kilometers from Santiago, and we are pretty confident we’ll hit our goal of reaching the church on Monday–three days from now.
Today’s walk was tough at the start, but after ten kilometers, the road settled down and the “clicks” passed quickly.
There were many many Pilgrims again today, but there was a little less excitement and more and more sweat and frustration.
The reward for us came at the end of our walk when we found our Palas de Rei quarters for the night.
We are staying at Apartamentos Touristicos Guillermo. We actually have a three bedroom third floor apartment with full kitchen, two baths and washing machine.
We had sandwiches and frozen mini pizzas for lunch, and Jackie made fajitas tonight. It was heaven. Eating out night after night can be challenging, so the possibility of a home cooked meal was amazing.
She also washed our walking clothing for the last time, and we are ready to take on the last three days.
We are both looking forward to throwing these clothes in the waste bin in Santiago.
Much of the walk today followed back country roads, which were busy with taxis. Obviously, a few of the walkers had other ideas today.
We understand completely. We’re getting tired of the grind, and we haven’t been grinding it our as hard as other Pilgrims, who we have great respect for.
We had a few short days in the past week and have expected to see some of our earlier “friends” again on the roads.
Where Did All the Cool Stuff Go?
We looked at the photos from the first weeks of this Camino and noticed one important difference between today and three weeks ago.
In the early days, there were always narrow streets and amazing churches–even in the smallest villages.
Those towns must have been more ancient.
These newer modern towns we are seeing near the end just can’t offer the feel of those east of Leon.
We have some favorite towns, most were a few weeks ago.
A Little Lady with a Big Pack
Today, on the Camino, we met Nancy and Marty, friends for 50 years, from the states. We met them first at a bar where we were enjoying our third coffee and Coke of the morning.
Marty can’t weigh 110 pounds. But, she’s a tough little Texan whose pack was nearly her size, and her poncho (which covered her pack) gave her the perfect “turtle” look.
And, we saw her many times-passed them walking, they passed us at the bars–and she was always smiling.
Jim’s good friend, Randy Armstrong, has discovered that he has some heart issues.
Today, Jim and Randy were able to exchange texts. Jim was very touched by it.
Randy and Micky, his wife, are readers of this journal and wonderful people.
They were in our prayers and thoughts today.
Nothing gets Jackie moving faster and sniffling more than listening to Celtic Women music on her iphone as she walks.
She had time tonight to add a few more songs.
That means only two things–tomorrow we’ll be moving fast and there will be accompanying sniffling.