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Day 30 - In Hospital
Now before anyone gets their knickers in a twist, I'm pulling your leg a little even though the title is accurate. On this trip I have passed through several towns or villages named Hospital. Mostly they weren't convenient for an overnight and I didn't think sending out a Spot message "in Hospital, all is well" would have been well received. But today it was very convenient so I am staying in an albergue in the town of Hospital in the municipality of Dumbria. And, all is well.
The albergue in Negreira was another modern one and very functional. I was the first to get up of five residents and I was on the trail just after light. I skipped breakfast anticipating a cafe 9 km out in the village of A Pena. There was quite a convoy of hikers leaving town and I met up with a nice couple, she was from Scotland and he from South Devon in England. She had just completed the Camino Frances on her own and he joined her for the trip to Finisterre. He and I had a lot in common as he was an engineer in the high tech area of oil and gas and we spent a couple of hours comparing notes on how our backgrounds were similar and how the disciplines of aerospace and oil/gas diverged. The time went by very quickly and then the cafe showed up as expected and I stopped to get my first coffee and something to eat.
The countryside was really pretty and I took one photo looking across a shallow valley and later on one of the beautiful green fields some of which the harvesters were working in. Almost everywhere are these elevated small buildings that looked to me like a crypt as they all have a cross on one end. In reality they are for food storage and the legs with the mushroom cap stone are designed to keep out rats and mice. They are called an horreo and the photo is one of the better preserved ones.
The trail was quite a lot of roads but mostly quiet. At one point I checked the GPS and found I was quite a way off the blue line of the track I had downloaded. But there were about six other hikers all on the same path as me so I decided they must have changed the trail. And, that is exactly what happened and after a few kilometers I came to an intersection of two gravel roads and that's where I got back on my little blue line.
I went through a number of small villages mostly dominated by farming. Then I reached the recommended end point for the second day, the town of Oliveiroa. It has to be the fanciest town sign I had seen - see photo - and I went to check it out to find the green in the letters is artificial grass. Although almost everyone else seemed to be stopping here, I felt it was a little too early in the day so I carried on. I think, based on all the advertising I'd seen on the way here that I had three options for accommodation. I passed up the first other than buying an ice cream. The trail then went up to a ridge covered with windmills and to the left was this really nice river valley. Then I reached the small village of Hospital and there was a cafe that also had an albergue sign. I was figuring this might be a good stopping point and I asked about the albergue. It turned out it was about 300 meters away but the owner would drive me there and then come pick me up and bring me back for dinner. It seemed a little odd arrangement but I went along with it. There was a German couple at the albergue, a father my age and his daughter, and they were a lot of fun. We had dinner together and then watched the football game. At half time we were driven back to the albergue where we watched the second half bundled up in blankets as it was quite cold by then. A very nice day overall.
Camino De Santiago - Part Deux
The Camino de Santiago is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat, for their spiritual growth.
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