Eirexe to Melide - 22.7 km

June 13
Lat: 42.807222 Lon: -8.015833

I woke up at 6 a.m. before the alarm went off so I just got up and started packing to leave by 7 a.m. after a cafe con leche. I thought I heard someone taking a shower, but after about 10 minutes I realized that it was water on the roof. I went outside and then I knew it was really raining hard. I prepared to wear my rain pants and had them on when I looked back out and saw that it had completely stopped. The weather here changes rapidly so I left with the rain jacket on and no rain pants. Within 10 minutes I was out of the jacket.

At 7 a.m. the cafe opened. I was supposed to meet Hawk and Christine there for breakfast so I took off to get there on time. I finished my coffee and chocolate roll and was on the trail by 7:20 a.m. And with the rain over for the time, I got to walk without any rain gear for about 45 minutes or so until it came back for a while. It finally stopped by the time I got to Palaz de REI where I noticed that the church was open and I got to go in and get my Sellos (stamp). It was the first one of the day so I was off to a good start. Now I only needed one more for the day and I had about three churches to go for the day. I might just get lucky.

I was walking a long and came up on five high school boys and one of them asked me where I was from and when I said America, he wanted to know all about where I came from and what it was like and what was there. These people really do want to know about how we live too. It was pretty nice being able to share the way we live with them.

At some point they were going to take a break and I pushed on my own. I didn't walk too long before I walked up on a woman, who turned out to be from Memphis, Tennessee. She was with a church group hiking the Camino. We started talking and after about an hour we caught up with four members of her party taking a coffee break at the local bar/cafe so we decided to stop and I got some tea and a sweet roll. I ran into Joanie, the woman that I hiked with about a week ago. We talked for a little bit while I took a break and then she took off. Shortly after, I got started again and soon caught up to Linda, the woman in the church group. She and I walked all the way into Melide, which was my destination for the day. She was really interesting. She and her husband do a lot of traveling and she had been to a lot of different places including up the Me Cong River.

Next I spent about an hour looking for my pension, Xaneiro 1. I'm starting to get pretty good at asking directions of the locals and then reading their faces that are blank because they don't know where the place is that I'm looking for. Sometimes I wind up following the directions that they give me even if it's wrong because they want to help so badly. They really are a kind and caring people. They are never in a hurry to brush you off. I've even asked someone for directions and they didn't know so they went and asked someone else who then in turn asked a third person to make sure they told me correctly. I finally found my Pension after going to a hotel with the same name and the lady that worked there gave me wrong directions on how to get there. In fact they were the exact opposite direction of where I wanted to go, but I figured it out.

About two hours later I got an e-mail from Hawk that they were staying at another place. It was a hotel, but we'd meet for dinner. At this point I wandered around town to get a feel of the town. Later I met Hawk and Christine for dinner and then they went back to their place and went to bed. Tomorrow is a big day. I'm going to do a 25 km so I guess I'll see them on down the trail. Tomorrow will tell. Santiago is getting closer with each day so as always... Buen Camino!

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