21 June Ruitelan to Triacastela
It is 0600 hours and I am dragged quite reluctantly out of sleep by the soft sound of “Ave Maria” sung by a beautiful female voice. The singing is ringing through the rafters of my attic bedroom. Then I recognise the smell of freshly made toast coming from downstairs. My host sure knows how to wake you up nicely.

The attic lights come on, presumably from a control somewhere below and I see the French couple and another guy are awake too. I don’t know the other guy but he was at dinner last night. We exchange morning greetings and I set to, getting ready for the day.

I feel ok, but am a little worried about the toe next to my left big toe. This is going to sound stupid, I know it will, it is bruised and badly swollen but it only hurts when I walk on it so I don’t think it is anything serious, so will carry on walking. If it gets worse I will see a doctor or have a rest day.

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Breakfast tucked away nicely in my tummy at 7 o’clock I leave the Albergue, turn right at the exit door and immediately start going upwards, a trend that would last for a good deal of the day.

The views are simply gorgeous………………………..

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………………… and they stay that way until they are lost to sight hidden behind trees and tall banks of hedges. I walk into low level clouds and feel cold when the dampness penetrates my clothing.

I cross into the region of Galicia not far from the summit of the second highest part of this route I walk at 1330 metres. Then a moment comes when I can take a photo that tells the story of walking through clouds.

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At the top, on the edge of a place called O’Cebreiro there is this monument. I’ll let you read the story for yourselves.

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I am not impressed with the place at the top of this long climb – O’Cebreiro, it’s ‘touristy’. There is a church here I wanted to visit but several mini-bus loads of tourists are here too, so instead of visiting the church where they are gathering, I say hello to my toes over a cup of coffee and a packet of biscuits and move on without hanging about.

A short while later I break out of the clouds and see where I am and where I am heading. The next few hours are spent walking through countryside like this.

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It’s not easy walking at times. Some of the smaller hills are steep and the route the path takes is sometimes quite demanding, both uphill and downhill. Then, astonishingly, I am home in Scotland. Someone has tele-transported my homeland to me here in Spain.

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The scenery stays like that until I decide to call it a day when I reach a place called Triacastela. As I go into Triacastela I see this old Chestnut Tree. Anyone like to hazard a guess at its age?

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My home for the night is here.

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Steps today 43428.

Bye for now folks.

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