Day 44 – Santiago – Negreira

Day 44 – Santiago – Negreira

Date: 15 October 2018

Departure Time: 08:30 am
Arrival Time: 1:40 pm
Distance: 22 kms
Cumulative Distance: 831.2 kms
Percentage Completed: 90.03 %
Accommodation: Hotel Millan
Weather: Light to moderate rain – 15 degrees

Well, we started off in the rain today. It was a shock to the system, but after six weeks of almost perfect weather, we could hardly complain. The rain was not heavy and actually made for really lovely walking, particularly through the forest areas. Now that we have left Santiago, with the main pilgrimage route behind us, the number of pilgrims has reduced dramatically. However, there are a number of people around, so it does have a nice vibe.

The area west of Santiago seems to be of a much higher socioeconomic status than we would have thought, and we did pass by some lovely houses today. The highlight of the day was crossing the Meceira bridge which was very pretty in the drizzle. We are staying the night in Negreira, which would probably struggle to win an award for Spain’s prettiest town.

Tomorrow we have a 35 kilometre walk, mainly on bitumen and mainly uphill, to the hamlet of Oliveroia. It does promise to be a long trek, given the short days and unforgiving surface. How do you say “taxi” in Spanish?

Rain and muddy paths were the order of the day
We wore our ponchos for the entire day
Stunning paths to walk through

Ponte Maceira in Ames

Río Tambre
Discovered these are the pods for chestnuts
A chestnut

Pilgrim statue in Negreira. He looks so sad.

2 thoughts on “Day 44 – Santiago – Negreira

  1. Happy walking tomorrow. We found a lot less English speakers on this Camino. It is a beautiful walk. You are bringing back so many memories for us as we read your blog.

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