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.
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.
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.
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.
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.