Salceda to Lavacolla - 17.6 km

June 15
Lat: 42.900278 Lon: -8.447778

I got up at 6 a.m. and was packed and on the trail by 6:30 a.m. It was great… there was no one else out there yet and I was all alone. I didn't have to worry about the bicycle people slipping up behind me and possibly running me down. It was a little over an hour before I saw anyone, and then it was a pair of bicycle people off in the distance.

I had been hiking for about an hour when I stopped in for a breakfast break at a little cafe in O Pine. The coffee was great but the breakfast roll left a lot to be desired (no chocolate crescents). After that disappointing breakfast, I hadn't gone more than 5 km and I came to a pension with a restaurant, so I stopped again and they had exactly what I was looking for. There still weren't many Peregrinos on the trail yet. I guess it is because we're so close to Santiago that everyone is starting later and figure they will get there in the mid-afternoon, whereas I'm not going into Santiago today. I’ve checked into the San Paio Hotel for the night.

Tomorrow I'm planning on leaving about 7 in the morning and getting to Santiago about 9 a.m. and finding the Oficina del Peregrino (Pilgrim Office) and then heading up to the Cathedral for the noon Mass, after which I'll head over to the Municipal Albergue and get a bunk for the night. I'm planning on staying in Santiago for two nights and pulling out on Tuesday for Muxia and then on to Finisterre and will return to Santiago in about six days to catch a train back to Madrid to fly home.

Tomorrow brings more adventure so...Buen Camino!

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