We have learned that when our tour escort, Ignacio, says that the route is “mostly flat” that means, ‘mostly uphill.’ Lord only knows what he means when he says that it is steep!
We had a lovely walk today that took us by an ancient hospital (hostel) for pilgrims that has been recently renovated in Ribadiso Da Baixo. We crossed a Roman bridge to get this point which was our first check point of the day.
It seems that much of the paths are uphill (with very few downhills…go figure).
The kicker occurs when you finish a climb, only to find that you must round a corner for another uphill excursion. All I can say is that my doctor will be thrilled that I am doing so much walking; truthfully, I am surprised at how well I am doing. The path in the picture may look flat, but don’t be fooled, it keeps rising, and rising, and rising. The wonderful thing is that we walked in the shade much of the time.
At our second checkpoint, we were anxious for a snack from the back of the bus, but to our shock, there wasn’t anything in the back of the bus. Ignacio and Francisco surprised us with an impromtu picnic for our second checkpoint. They provided a lovely repast for us and there was enough shade on the stone wall to accommodate all of us.
As we ate our lunch, we noticed a farmer working in a field nearby. He would take his small tractor and collect a large, round bale of hay and haul it up the Pilgrim’s path. He did this at least four or five times during our lunch. When Kris and I set out on that same path, we ran into him as he was coming back for another bale of hay. We stopped walking and stepped to the far side of the road for him to pass and we waved to him as he drove by. What was so charming was that after his tractor passed us, he looked back, waved and flashed a smile while shouting, “Buen Camino.”
Our day ended with a visit to the Honey Museum and Bee Farm, which is not far from our current lodging, Casa Brandariz. One of the staff led us through the exhibits and allowed us to sample some of their honey. We ended our day with another marvelous dinner.