Day 50 - Caldas de Reis to Picarana

Date: June 23, 2015

Location: From: Caldas de Reis  To: Picarana

Mileage: 26.6 Km

Weather: Overcast with heavy clouds an fog and some mist. The temperatures are very cool.

Temperature: In the 60s° F at 6:00 a.m. and 67° F at 4:00 p.m.

Lodging and Cost: Hotel Milagrosa  Alfonso - 25 €

GPS Location: ’42.802041” N and ’ -8.638032” W

Summary of the Day: 

I got up at 5:15 a.m. to leave by 6:00 and was ready and walking out of my room by 6:40. When I went out  of the room I noticed that the restaurant lights were on. The restaurant was at the end of the hall on the same floor as my room. I wasn’t sure what to do with my key, if I should leave it in the room, in the door, or on the reception desk. I saw a lady in the restaurant working so I thought that I would just ask her. When I approached her she ask me if I was ready for breakfast. I told her that I thought that it was at 8:00, to which she replied that it is but that I had told the owner that I would be gone by then and that I was leaving around 5:30 so they fixed mine early as it was included with the room. How could I say no to that. This is the way the people of Spain are. I've had them say that they would fix me a picnic or a traveling breakfast and leave it at the front desk to pick up in the morning.

After I finished, I headed on out as it was going to be another pretty long walk. Doing a long distance about every third day is okay and it gives you time to recover, but the three consecutive days of high 20 to 30 km days starts to wear on the body. This will be the last long day until I get back to Santiago and complete the Portuguese Way.

Today's walk was mostly back in the woods and on trails that reminded me of the trails at home. The only stretch that was on roads was about four km before I came into Padron and then it went on the main road into town and back out the other side. Going out of Padron I got caught behind a high school field trip to walk the Camino. There must have been about 50 kids taking up the entire trail and not giving an inch so anybody could pass. It took me at least 45 minutes to pass them all. It seems like here everybody gets involved with the Camino in one way or the other. This is really good to see because it lets you know that the people have a vested interest in the trail and that actually gives the peregrinos a sense of security because we know that good people are always watching the trail and that makes you safer out here, whether it's at 5:00 in the morning and all alone or the middle of the day with several people around you.

Anyway after getting around the kids I pushed on to my place for the night. Almost all day was completely back in farm lands with lots of corn and grapes. I am starting to see more hay or feed grass being grown again. The farmers are starting to cut, rake and bale. I guess that they get two growing seasons here. At one time I thought that I had passed the hotel some ways back and figured I'd have to walk a lot further but when I saw a farmer working his field, I asked him where the hotel was and he said it was about 2 km further, so now we're back to the old, “it's only a couple km further” statement. I had to continue and as it turned out it was about two km further. This was a nice place and I was home for the night.

As it turned out only one other Peregrino stayed there and it so happened to be Avis, the fellow from Australia, so it worked out pretty well. We again had dinner together and then sat around for a while and talked. I told him I was leaving early for Santiago and he said that he was also.  

I had another good day on the trail and am looking forward to getting back into Santiago. I want to get there as early as possible to avoid any long lines at the Oficina de Peregrino for my Compostela for the Portuguese route, so I will head to bed and say…Buen Camino.

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