Day 37 – Palas de Rei to Melide

Day 37 – Palas de Rei to Melide

Date: 28th May 2017

Departure time: 06:45
Arrival Time: 11:00
Distance: 15 kms
Cumulative Distance: 734 kms
Percentage Completed: 94%
Accommodation: Hotel Restaurante – Xaneiro
Weather: Cloudy, occasional showers, 18 degrees
Debra – Same as yesterday, but the latter half less scenic
Mark – Short walk and kind of sweet

The walk today was a repeat of yesterday only shorter. Melide  itself had no particularly exciting features. We happened across the weekly Sunday market that sold mainly clothes that seemed to harken back to a bygone era. Melide is somewhat famous for its delicacy of “pulpo” boiled octopus but none of us could bring ourselves to eat it.

We thought at this stage of the journey that there would be a greater number of pilgrims who had just started their journey in Sarria, (as this is the minimum distance requirement to Santiago to qualify for a compostela) and we had been told that this would be very annoying. However, while we have noticed many new faces on the trail, it hasn’t  greatly changed the ambience. The trails have been relatively easy since Sarria and those starting there would get a false impression as to what the complete journey is like.

Leaving Palas de Rei at sunrise
Pilgrim statue
Lichen covered trees
Misty paths
Muddy paths were the norm for the day
One of the bridges we crossed over today
Pilgrim highway with “parachute pilgrims”
Entering Melide
Bridge into Melide
Pilgrim statue
Less than 55 kilometres to go
Hot chocolate after dinner

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