May 19, 2016. Thursday We walked 7 miles. Started at 9:15 am and arrived at 3:15 pm
Another pleasant day in Galicia.We are watching the km markers along the Camino go down as we make our way closer to Santiago.
Brian, Lee and I came down from our warm, modern, glass in the windows hotel room to discover a buffet breakfast was included with our room. We also discovered the WIFI was working so we had an hour and a half breakfast feasting on local cheeses, fruit, hard boiled eggs, toast, juice and coffee.
We stopped at this church in Melide on the way out of town. I thought the door was was so beautiful. The columns make it an example of the Romanesque style. But what I thought was more fascinating was a stone cross next to the church. It is a 14th century cross,the oldest in Galicia. Look closely. One side of the cross has Jesus crucified, nailed to the cross. The other side has Him in Heaven- in Glory. Look closely, one has his hands nailed, the other has His hands raised and appears to be sitting on a throne. I think I can see Him smiling, can you? This cross really fascinated me.
We had a 45% chance of rain so we were lingering but finally left Hotel Carlost 96 at 9:15. This is a famil-run business by a Galician family that had immigrated to England, had their children there and returned to Spain to run this hotel. They were all so friendly, helpful and most gracious.
We walked through forest and farm fields, and. looked at small gardens and freshly cultivated fields, taking in the pungent smel of earth, rich soil. We saw rich estates and crumbling stone buildings. We heard so many birds it was like we were in the aviary at the San Diego Zoo. Every day the Camino in Galicia has more beauty of the soil and spirit. These are gentle proud people, usually so kind and helpful and hard working.
Brian, Lee and I goofed off with our cameras and ate the local food with gusto. I ran into A from Korea – she was the young woman that kept me from choking on Day. I was so happy to see an “old timer.”
We stop every couple of hours. Lee and Brian get cafe con leche, I usually get fresh-squeezed orange juice but today I got a fresh peach.
We arrived in Ribadisco, had a great lunch of salad and local cheeses and then our host picked us up and brought us to his very nice “pensione” where we have this room with a view. Only 3moredays to Santiago.