Day 20, Camino del Norte – Salinas to Soto de Luiña 33.8 km

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Total distance 571.1 km
Daily average 28.5
Today’s accumulated uphill elevation 640 m
Today’s accumulated downhill elevation 614 m

Last night was a little strange. The hostal was undergoing an electrical wiring update and for some reason the electricity had to be turned off at 22:00. I spent a very pleasant hour or more talking to Austrian Phillip (or Felip), a very charming young man, by candle-light. And seeing to late night ablutions in pitch darkness was something of a challenge. It was equally challenging early this morning, using the bathroom with no window and no electricity. Thank goodness for the iPhone torch facility.

Once again the rain fell during the night – fast and furious as far as I was aware. But all over and done with by the time I left this morning.

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Today has included the most ‘off road’ walking of the Camino thus far. I would guesstimate around 85% of track. Some really comfortable and level. Some really steep and very muddy. But all much appreciated.

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I walked with many interruptions to play with my camera and the raindrops. There was much walking on woodland paths, with a couple of glimpses of the ocean. There was a short stage of uncomfortable road walking with not many cars, but those that passed did so at full speed around blind corners with no shoulder to walk on. But all in all, it was a most pleasant day’s walk.

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There is a predilection for extremely brightly coloured houses in this area – some to make your toes curl!

I am staying at the municipal albergue in Soto de Luiña, situated in an old school. Rather basic, separate facilities, but only one shower and one loo for the ladies. And there are quite a few ladies tonight – we might even be in the majority for a change. I have taken supper with two Irish ladies, a lovely young German woman, and a German couple, and a man from Taiwan whose wife liked his slimline figure when he returned from his first Camino and encouraged him to return.

I was too distracted by the company to concentrate on today’s post, so apologies for the late delivery.

I was delighted to see two old favourites for the first time today – wild roses and fox gloves and the scenery, both within the woodland and the open pastureland were stunning.

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The feet are still in compliance and there are no other niggles, which is a good thing because I am planning another long day tomorrow.

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13 Responses to Day 20, Camino del Norte – Salinas to Soto de Luiña 33.8 km

  1. fholmly says:

    Fantastic photos and commentary! Like many followers, I’m hooked on you daily postings. Your stages have been almost identical to my Norte experience 6 months ago and your posts bring back the intense feelings of that wonderful time. It’s great to see the spring Norte in bloom thanks to your photography.
    You don’t mention the Soto de Luina hospitalero “Pepe” who gave us a detailed preview of the next stage with his alternative route. Maybe a blessing if it’s muddy.
    Buen Camino!!

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  2. Danielle says:

    Beautiful photos, thanks! As for the bright color houses, it might be caused by being an area where there is a lot of “grey and foggy” days, and it adds a little brightness… In my opinion, lol…
    Glad your feet are on the mend! Good job!

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  3. It definitely looks lovely. Yay for no road walking. Buen camino!

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  4. keith889 says:

    Love your photos Maggie

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  5. Petro says:

    Hi Maggie, I met up with your friends, Gunther Pascual, Gilbert and Zelinda and we have been walking together from Escamplero. Very nice people!

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  6. mary lynch says:

    You are some woman for one Maggie and I’m still in awe of you. The Camino angels are
    on your side obviously, no rain during the day, amazing! we have had a lot of rain in this part
    of the world. Buen Camino and sleep well xx

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  7. robbcrampton says:

    Get used to that view from under the A8, you’ll see a lot of it. Congrats on your Camino so far, and the great blog.
    A tip for a little bit further on: When you do a stretch from La Caridad to Ribadeo be sure to take the coastal path via Tapia de Casariego, unless you have seen enough beautiful beaches 🙂
    The walk across the bridge in to Ribadeo is literally breathtaking, I hope you aren’t too scared of heights.
    Keep up the good work!

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  8. How did all the ladies manage with one shower and one bathroom? Was there much grumbling?Wonderful pictures. Thank you. Early morning dew and flowers and it’s good to be alive, especially with happy feet. 🙂 😛 ❤

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  9. Johanna Redelinghuys says:

    fabulous photos. Lovely area youre walking through. Making wonderfull memories. Buen Camino!

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  10. lynharrison4wind says:

    Two days on the trot pushing at the 35 km barrier. The force is clearly with you and your feet. Long may it last (along with the boots).

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