Day 40 – Melida to Arzúa

Day 40 – Melida to Arzúa

Date: 11 October 2018 Departure Time: 08:40 am Arrival Time: 12:00 pm Distance: 14.6 kms Cumulative Distance: 769.7 kms Percentage Completed: 83.28 % Accommodation: Albergue Pensión Cima do Lugar Weather: Early rain then cloudy – 17 degrees Today we had a relatively short walk of 15 kilometres from Melide to Arzúa. Once again it was pretty enough but unremarkable. What is remarkable is that we are not writing this particular blog page until the following day and we can remember…

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Day 39 – Palas de Rei to Melide

Day 39 – Palas de Rei to Melide

Date: 10 October 2018 Departure Time: 09:00 am Arrival Time: 13:00 Distance: 14.9 kms Cumulative Distance: 755.1 kms Percentage Completed: 81.7 % Accommodation: O Tobo do Lobo Weather: Fine, sunny day – 19 degrees Today we walked a short 15 kilometres to Melide. As the photos below attest, a very notable aspect of the day was the extremely large number of pilgrims on the trail. There were tour groups who walked the whole 15 kilometres, tour groups who got bussed…

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Day 38 – Portomarín to Palas de Rei

Day 38 – Portomarín to Palas de Rei

Date: 9 October 2018 Departure Time: 07:30 am Arrival Time: 1:45 pm Distance: 25.5 kms Cumulative Distance: 740.2 kms Percentage Completed: 80.09 % Accommodation: Pension Restaurante Casa Camiño Weather: Cold, foggy start to the day but then perfect weather – 3 to 19; degrees Today was a walk in three parts. We started off in the dark in an amazing sea of fellow pilgrims. It was almost to the stage where you had to line up for a ticket to…

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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…

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Day 36 – Samos to Sarria

Day 36 – Samos to Sarria

Date: 7 October 2018 Departure Time: 08:15 am Arrival Time: 12:15 pm Distance: 15 kms Cumulative Distance: 691.5 kms Percentage Completed: 74.82 % Accommodation: El Malecon Weather: Cool, overcast at times – 15 degrees The walk today was short (16 kilometres) but very beautiful initially. We walked for about 10 kilometres from Samos along beautiful forest trails and scenic back roads until we joined the main pilgrim path from Tricastela to Sarria.  At that point it became less scenic, as…

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Day 35 – Alto Do Poio to Samos

Day 35 – Alto Do Poio to Samos

Date: 6 October 2018 Departure Time: 07:15 am Arrival Time: 1:30 pm Distance: 23.3 kms Cumulative Distance: 676.5 kms Percentage Completed: 73.19 % Accommodation: Casa Licerio Weather: Cool, cloudy day – 15 degrees Today was a beautiful 23 kilometre walk from Alto do Poio to Samos. Much of the walk was along rustic pathways which were part magical and part spooky. The most amazing thing about today was how few other  pilgrims we encountered on the trail – probably no…

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Day 34 – Las Herrerías to Alto do Poio

Day 34 – Las Herrerías to Alto do Poio

Date: 5 October 2018 Departure Time: 8:04 am Arrival Time: 1:30 pm Distance: 17 kms Cumulative Distance: 653.2 kms Percentage Completed: 70.67 % Accommodation: Hostal Santa Maria Do Poio Weather: Sunny, clear day – 25 degrees Today was the prettiest walk of the Camino so far. It started with an 8 kilometre climb up to O’Cebrerio which rewarded us with stunning verdant mountain views. The path underfoot was tricky at times but very doable in dry conditions. We wouldn’t have…

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Day 33 – Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Herrerías

Day 33 – Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Herrerías

Date: 4 October 2018 Departure Time: 07:01 am Arrival Time: 12:45 pm Distance: 20.8 kms Cumulative Distance: 636.2 kms Percentage Completed: 68.83 % Accommodation: Casa Lixa Weather: Perfect sunny day – 25 degrees Despite  our reservations based on last year’s walk, today was a very pleasant experience. The walking temperature was ideal, the weather was perfect and the road (albeit bitumen) coursed through green valleys and picturesque small villages. We are staying in yet another picturesque village – Las Herrerías….

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Day 32 – Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo

Day 32 – Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo

Date: 3 October 2018 Departure Time: 07:31 am Arrival Time: 1:55 pmDistance: 23.3 kms Cumulative Distance: 615 kms Percentage Completed: 66.58 % Accommodation: Plaza Mayor Weather: Warm sunny day – 28 degrees Today was a reasonably pleasant walk. We initially walked through urbane outskirts and small towns that weren’t particularly exciting. The second half of the day’s walk was through vineyards and pretty vistas. The highlight of the walk was seeing grapes being harvested by hand. We stayed in a…

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Day 31 – Molinaseca to Ponferrada

Day 31 – Molinaseca to Ponferrada

Date: 2 October 2018 Departure Time:  09:30 am Arrival Time: 11:30 am Distance: 8.1 kms Cumulative Distance: 592.1 kms Percentage Completed: 64.06 % Accommodation: Hotel Los Templarios Weather: Sunny day – 25 degrees Today was a planned very short walk to Ponferrada. The town hosts a medieval Templar castle and we were keen to spend some time in town exploring it. The weather was absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed seeing the castle and sitting around the plaza enjoying coffee, sangria…

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