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San Mamed del Camino to Morgade

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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.

Woman picking up apples

Woman bagging apples

The area reminded me of Ireland with the green hills and low stone walls around patches of farmland.

Stone walls along the trail

The seem to grow a lot of kale.

Patches 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.

Dinner in Morgrade

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.

Church in Morgrade

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.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

3 thoughts on “San Mamed del Camino to Morgade

  1. Wow. Getting close. Take your time!!!!

    pat

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  2. Nancy, I knew when you talked about Sarria that you were about 100km away. You are making this long walk happen in style. I’m delighted that you have such a spirit for this.
    Pat

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  3. Hi Nancy, we are about 20 km away from Santiago . Want us to wait for you ? 🙂

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