A Picota to Cee - 19.9 km

June 20
Lat: 42.953611 Lon: -9.188333

I slept in until 6:30 this morning because I was going to wait for a ride back to the trail. I didn't want to wait until 8 a.m. but it would take the same amount of time to walk the 2.9 km back into town so I waited. As it turned out, he loaded us up and took us back to the trail at 8:30 a.m.

It was a beautiful morning and the rains were predicted to be gone and it was going to be a beautiful day in the mid-50s. I didn't even wear a jacket, but in about 3 hours that all changed. As the day progressed the sky darkened and the wind started to blow and just before I got to Cee the skies opened up again. The wind began to blow and the temperatures started to drop and by 6 p.m. it is 54 degrees.

The up side to this day was the Hotel Larry in Cee. I got there and was checking in when the man at the desk tells me that my room won't be ready for about five minutes. So he took my pack, put it behind the counter, and led me to the bar to have a cup of coffee while I waited. A few minutes later he came back and took me to my room. I later learned that Pepe was the owner and that his daughters helped him run it. I went down to the bar to get a Bocadillo and a beer for lunch and his daughter, Sandra, sent me downstairs to the restaurant. That's where I ran into Pepe again, waiting the tables. When I told him what I wanted he said, “Oh no, come with me.” I was a little concerned that my Spanish had gotten me into a translation problem.

He took me to the kitchen where he is also the cook and there is something on every burner. Next thing he tells me is that I should have what he's cooking, that it’s a Galician dish and that I'd enjoy that more than an old sandwich. The first course was a garlic soup, which was great and then the veggies and the different kinds of meats and breads. I found out later that when he was young he wanted to be a chef but his father wanted him to be an engineer so he did what his father wanted. Years later he took over the family hotel and now he is the chef that he always wanted to be. Life is funny that way. I had two meals prepared by Pepe and it's been some of the best eating on the trail.

Cee is a fairly large city, although it’s a fishing village. It still has a lot of things including a shopping mall and a movie theater with two movies. I wandered all over, enjoying all the shops and stores. It started to rain so I went back to the hotel and waited for dinner. After dinner I went to my room where I could sit and look out at the city and ocean. It's raining as I go to bed, but I hope tomorrow's pretty for the walk to Finisterre. We'll see what tomorrow holds. Until then...Buen Camino!

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