My wishful thinking didn’t come to fruition. There was a fierce downpour before dawn but unfortunately it was still raining, albeit lightly, when I left the albergue this morning at just after 07:00. It rained to some extent for pretty much the whole stage. For the most part fairly light and it wasn’t too unpleasant. I was wearing my trendy gaiters in an effort to stop my boots getting too wet, and they did their job for most of the day.
I had just popped into a bar for a warm drink when suddenly the heavens opened in style and there was a heavy downpour for a good twenty minutes. I was lucky that I avoided a thorough soaking. When I walked on it was still raining hard-ish but I didn’t want to wait around any longer in the hope that it would abate further.
The walking was mainly on asphalt today, I would guess the opposite of yesterday, with about 60-70% on the road and the rest on rough woodland track. A heavy mist came and went throughout the morning, making it a bit dicey to be walking on the road wish such limited vision.
I walked on by the albergue I stayed I last time in passed this way and was reminded of the multi-tasking guy that I was unfortunate to share my corner of the room with (for anyone who doesn’t remember this man of many talents, you can read about him here, but do please read the comments, some of which are hilarious.
The rain finally came to a halt around half an hour before I arrived at my destination, giving me the opportunity to combine two of my favourite things into one photo – foxgloves and raindrops. I also saw my first ever white foxglove on the camino, or at anytime come to think of it. There was just the one stem amongst its pink cousins – even in the rain and the mist it was quite beautiful.
During my walk I completely finished my supply of food, demolishing half a packet of biscuits and two nectarines. So no extra weight to carry. I have also shed weight by leaving behind my treasured ‘Lush’ soap bar (equally good for cleaning body, hair and clothes) a couple of days ago; losing my ‘gorillapod’ as I walked out of Santiago; and today the lid to my spare water bottle has inexplicably disappeared. Oh well, I can manage with what I have left for the last few days.
I think I was the second to arrive at the albergue in O Logoso. An woman from Florida had already booked in and we are sharing a room for four and thus far are on our own, all others having been placed elsewhere. The albergue is well run, offers 20 places, has a couple of sitting areas and a functioning kitchen, with an attached bar and restaurant. 12 euros. I have shared a washing load with my room-mate and have spent the afternoon participating in various enjoyable activities, including pony cuddling, drinking wine, eating a bacon sandwich and sitting in the long awaited sunshine.
Tomorrow I shall reach the coast – what a treat that will be. And today I am up to date with my blogging – Yay!
Today’s distance 29.1 km
Accumulated uphill elevation 282 m
Accumulated downhill elevation 358 m
Total distance 926.2 km
Average per day 27.2 km