Day 28 – Clicking down the Clicks


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.

Here a cross, there a cross

Here a cross, there a cross

Today’s walk was tough at the start, but after ten kilometers, the road settled down and the “clicks” passed quickly.

Scenery today

Scenery today

There were many many Pilgrims again today, but there was a little less excitement and more and more sweat and frustration.

Ants, we think. But didn't understand. At an albergue

Ants, we think. But didn’t understand. At an albergue

The reward for us came at the end of our walk when we found our Palas de Rei quarters for the night.

Jackie loves these flowers (She won't love this picture, though)

Jackie loves these flowers (She won’t love this picture, though)

We are staying at Apartamentos Touristicos Guillermo. We actually have a three bedroom third floor apartment with full kitchen, two baths and washing machine.

There is a guard dog in the third floor doorway of the building. Jackie is imploring him not to jump. "You have too much to live for," she said.

There is a guard dog in the third floor doorway of the building. Jackie is imploring him not to jump. “You have too much to live for,” she said.

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.

Leaving the roadway and entering a beautiful tree-lined path.

Leaving the roadway and entering a beautiful tree-lined path.

 

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.

Follow the arrow

Follow the arrow

 

A very old corn crib.

A very old corn crib.

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.

Sigh!!

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.

Cool stuff.

 

Randy

 

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.

This is Randy - He doesn't talk to gophers. He was kissing the ground on the 18th hole at St. Andrews, where he and his sons played this summer. Jim got a chance to watch him play on the St. Andrews webcam

This is Randy – He doesn’t talk to gophers. He was kissing the ground on the 18th hole at St. Andrews, where he and his sons played this summer. Jim got a chance to watch him play on the St. Andrews webcam

Randy and Micky, his wife, are readers of this journal and wonderful people.

They were in our prayers and thoughts today.

 

A better photo of Randy and his sons.

A better photo of Randy and his sons. Jim stole this photo off Randy’s Facebook page.

 

Celtic Women

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.

 

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2 comments

  1. Thank you both for your genuine caring for randy. When he reads this post it will really give him a kickstart to full recovery. I think your journey is a bit like cardiac rehab! Your postings are extraordinary, entertaining and moving. May your Grand Finale be rich with spirit, emotion and love.

  2. Were your accomodations in Palais newly built? I am wondering because a gentleman stopped us as we walked last spring an said his new place would be up and running soon. He was so happy and proud.

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