I actually slept until 7:30 this morning and felt just fine when I woke up. Whatever is going on doesn’t seem to be a cold. After breakfast it was already 9 o’clock so off I went and walked right through the outskirts of Sarria. It was a bit tricky because a bridge was out and the signage wasn’t great. I made my first wrong turn this morning after crossing some railroad tracks, but I am sure I didn’t go more than .5 km. Before I realized my mistake. After asking a car to stop and listening to their fast talking Spanish, I returned to the tracks. The yellow arrow on the dirt wasn’t very clear and the on the wall was covered by graffiti. I had walked about 8 km. when I decided to call ahead for an Albergue.
I realized that a 16 km day was all I wanted today. The Albergue I really wanted to reach would have been another 15 km. from where I was and I didn’t have that in me. So after some fresh orange juice and calling for a reservation, on I went. I was walking along a road when a car stopped to tell me that I was on the wrong road. They recognized that I was a pilgrim and took me back the .75 km. I realized that I had broken my Cardinal Camino rule (check for arrows at every cross-road or when a road came in from the side. I had missed a left turn.
The last 7 km seemed a bit longer to me, but I loved the farms I was passing and the woman picking-up and bagging apples.
The area reminded me of Ireland with the green hills and low stone walls around patches of farmland.
The seem to grow a lot of kale.
When I arrived at the Casa Morgande at about 2:30, I was pretty tired. So I washed some clothes, had a bowl of kale/potato soup and, of course, an ice-cream, and talked with other pilgrims. I ate dinner with Catherine Pruhsmeier from California and Wilfred and Brigitte Devolder from Belgium.
Pilgrim menu of the day for dinner and then sleep. Oh, the life of a pilgrim. I sat on the back porch and just enjoyed the view. It was so peaceful.
I am about 100 km from Santiago according to the signs. Tomorrow will be a very short day (8km.) because I want to stay at the Albergue (run by a South African women) that has been recommended by David and others along the camino.