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State: AZ
Country: US
Begins: Apr 23, 2024
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, May 27th, 2024
Start: Fonfria
End: Triacastela
Daily Distance: 6.42
Trip Distance: 271.5

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Day 35 A recovery day

Elevation gain=49

Today was a day of leisure. I planned a short walk that dropped about 2000 feet to a town that was a bit larger.

We slept in as much as one can in Camino lodging. Even though people are generally considerate, the walls are thin and sounds carry. Often walkers try for an early start, especially if they are trying to get a bed (if they have no reservation, it can be a bit competetive).

So we were up around 0700. Had a leisurely breakfast. Finished packing. Looked at the clouds and fog blowing thru the village. Decided we had time for another drink. Watched the people with more ambitious goals leave. Watched the taxis picking up people.

The clouds started to break up at 0945, so we headed out. It was still cold at this Elevation (over 4000 feet), but the day promised warmer temps below. We quickly left town, dodging a few cow pies.

The path walked past meadows and woods as it followed the highway. A quiet walk, as not many cars on the road and most Pilgrims were ahead of us.

The cows were in the pastures. In one tiny town, we waited while the locals herded the cattle up the Camino to pasture. There is a saying in Galicia: 'in the land of a million cows, you'll never walk alone." The streets are intermittently coated with cow pee and poo, but it's not too hard to get around it.

We kept going downhill thru these farms and villages. Everything is an intense green. The rock walls and outcroppings are covered in thick moss. The path when it cuts downhill is thru eroded banks taller than we are.

The sun was pleasantly warm. When we reached Triacastela, we stopped for drinks, sitting outside, basking in the sunny day. Then we checked out the local groceries and checked into our room.

The groceries are tiny (even if they are supermercados) so dinner will have to be in a bar tonight. We plan to spend the day relaxing. Larry has a bit of a cold, so this short day is at a good time.

Tomorrow, we have a longer day, with options for which path to take. Guess it will depend on our moods in the morning.

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