Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

Negreira to Santa Mariña to Olveiroa


Leaving Negreira we walked under arches


Arches in Negreira

Then we found a fantastic sculpture of a pilgrim leaving his family.  We could not find any plaque that identified who had created this wonderful sculpture.

Sculpture in Negrira

Sculpture in Negreira 2

Mary and I took photos of a spider web.

Spider Web

When we passed mile marker 65.04, there was a boot on top of the marker.

I still have to take photos of old churches along the way.

Stone Church

Boot on Mile Marker 65.064

There was a man picking up chestnuts that had fallen from the trees after the hard rain.

Man picking up chestnuts

And another man picking Kale for his pigs.

Picking Kale for pigs

We passed several old stone Horreos.

Stone Horreo

Stone Horreo 2

They are up on stands to, of course, keep animals out of them.

Some people just store the corn under cover.

Corn Stored

We actually had a great walk. There were many hills up and down which was up to about 425 meters at the top, but many times up and then down and then up and down again, etc. we kept looking for a bar for breakfast. Finally, we reached Vilasserio after 13.2 km. Eggs and French Fries sure tasted good.
We passed stone Horreos. We stayed at Casa Pepa in Santa Mariña.

I loved seeing the 98 year old man who was asleep in the bar art Casa Pepe.

93 year old man

I had a bottom bunk.  I love the stone walls around my bunk.

Bunk at Casa Pepe

Mary and Rose relaxed in their bunks on the other side of the room.

Mary and Rose in bunks

We woke up in the morning to rain. But all 4 of us (adventuresome women) decided to take a detour (3.8 km -round trip) to the Dolmen Perxuberia. It was erected 4000 years ago as a site of sacred ritual and worship. Brierley’s guide sure didn’t help much. We asked locals several times for help (rose knows a bit of Spanish. It was hard to tell if they were speaking Spanish or Galician. Even the man who spoke English really couldn’t help us. The book says that the Dolemen is located in the center a field behind a grove of trees on the far side of a young plantation and is often ‘hidden’ in briars. No wonder we didn’t find it.

So we backtracked to the Camino and off we went. Again, there were no bars. It was pouring rain, sometimes sideways, sometimes in our faces. Occasionally the whole road was like a stream. Well, we had to experience that one day. Very hard to take any photos because of trying to keep the camera dry. We would stop in bus stop shelters to get out of the rain. It did slow down sometimes. Here are Marian and Rose -taken from a bus shelter during one of the lulls.


We walked on wet roads.
10.6 km more and we finally reached the edge of Olveiroa , pretty soaked, and we stopped at the first Casa Loncho Albergue – Hórreo, that had a washer and dryer. Yea! Getting our clothes done was quite a trip. The lentil soup was great and warmed me up.

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 “Negreira to Santa Mariña to Olveiroa

  1. HaHa. Thank heavens for washer and dryers!


  2. Must be the rainy season as you have mentioned rain off and on on your trip. When is your expected arrival back to PTM?


  3. What an adventure! It brings back memories of biking in the rain and wind.


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