Day 37 – Sarria to Portomarín

Day 37 – Sarria to Portomarín

Date: 8 October 2018

Departure Time: 07:20 am
Arrival Time: 1:30 pm
Distance: 23.2 kms
Cumulative Distance: 714.7 kms
Percentage Completed: 77.33 %
Accommodation: Casa do Maestro
Weather: Sunny with a cold start – 3 to 19 degrees

Today we left Sarria which is the starting point for 25% of pilgrims who walk to Santiago. There were many people on the path initially but it did thin out as the day progressed. It is so hard not to be judgemental about people who have just started, but we are trying to be good as everyone has their own story. The walking itself today was very beautiful amongst open fields and wooded lanes. The surface under foot was very easy, and it is very obvious that the local authorities have done extensive work to ensure that the journey from Sarria to Santiago is not too onerous. Having people walk the required 100 kilometres to earn a compostella is obviously very financially rewarding to the area. 

We are staying the night in Portomarín which is a quaint but ugly town. It sits adjacent to a large lake which had been created by the damming of the river. The beautiful, dry conditions that we are experiencing have not been kind to the lake as it is almost dry. 

One of the most significant aspects of the day was passing the 100 kilometre mark.

Leaving Sarria in the dark
Sunrise at 8:47 am

Tree lined paths were the order of the day
700 kilometres down, 100 to go until Santiago

Long bridge into Portomarín

Stairs into Portomarín

Relaxing with a €1 beer out of a vending machine
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