Day 34 - Biduedo to Sarria

Date: June 7, 2015

Location: From: Biduedo To: Sarria

Mileage: 25.1 km

Weather: Beautiful with blue skies and cool for the early morning

Temperature: 50° F at 5:30 a.m. and 72° F at 4:30 p.m.

Lodging and Cost: Oca Villa - 48€

GPS Location: ’42.775595” N and ’ -7.413389” W

Highlights: Views of the valleys below as I traveled along the rise up to Alto Riocabo with the cool mist of the fog blowing across the trail.

Summary of the Day:

I got up at 5:00 a.m. and packed to meet up with Ross and Athenia to get an early start heading into Serria. It’s supposed to be another hot day with a chance of thunderstorms. The three of us left at 5:30. It was a great morning for walking, mostly downhill and cool so we pushed right along. It seemed like in no time that we were in Triacastela where we had breakfast.

After breakfast and meeting up with folks that we hadn’t seen in a while, we started to climb up to the summit of Alto Reocabo, which had a lot of fog. It was interesting to see. The fog was blowing and was very cool and refreshing. As you walked along it blew and sprayed a fine mist. After coming down off the mountain the trail was a nice level trail and an easy walk all the way toward Sarria. About 3 to 4 km out of town the trail started a downhill path. Ross and I started talking about the increased number of hikers on the trail. Once you get to Sarria the bus people start hitting the trail to walk the last 100 km to qualify for their Compostelas. I expect that we will see more tomorrow as we get closer to Santiago.

As we were coming into Sarria there was nothing but a steady line of people coming down the street. I’m sure glad that I have a reservation at the hotel so that I know I have a place to stay, and when we get in I will start to book the rest of the time including my night in Santiago. I have been hearing back via e-mail and text messaging from other hikers that there are crowds everywhere and a lot of people in every town so they are having trouble finding lodging.

We finally got to Sarria and walked to the hotel. This is the same place that I stayed two years ago and I remembered exactly where it was. After we got into our rooms and cleaned up we thought that we would walk up to the church and then to a local bar to get a glass of wine. When we were heading to the Bar we read a flyer that said it was a Festival day of Corpus Christi and a flower parade. We were there at the start of the parade outside of the Church. It went up to the end of the street and back to the church. We got involved with that and after it passed we then sat down and had a drink. Ross needed to go to the outfitter and see about a new pair of shorts so we took off and went down to the Peregrinoteca outfitter.

After all purchases were done we headed back to the room to do some chores. For me it was washing and drying my clothes. I have a small balcony and can string a cloth line to dry my clothes. Then it was off to dinner. Tonight I tried a roasted pork and it was pretty good, but of course it came with a large side of French fries as usual. I did have my usual salad which was also very good and then ice cream for desert.

After dinner we got our lodgings booked for everyday except this Thursday and that will have to be done tomorrow. My biggest worry was getting into Santiago on Friday and not having any place to stay. I found a place on Booking.com and then called my daughter Kelley and got her to book it for me as I won’t do it from my IPad here. Today was a great day. It was a good walk, and good weather, all lodging issues were solved and I had good conversations with Ross and Athenia as well as some folks that I haven’t seen in a while. I couldn’t have had a better day. It’s hard to believe that I only have six days left on the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean to Santiago and also with the group that I’m with. Starting on Sunday I will be on the Camino Portugue's for the next twelve days walking from Porto, Portugal back to Santiago de Compostela. This is a path along the Atlantic Coast. It will be fun and different. While I look forward to finishing this path and starting a new adventure, I will miss the company and companionship of my new friends. We still have a few days left together and I will enjoy it for as long as possible. So it with that I will close for now and report tomorrow's adventures then. Now I will bid you…Buen Camino.

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