It was a good group last night and after a couple of beers we decided to have the pilgrim’s menu. It came with red wine that I feel is the cause of my heavy head today. The wine wasn’t great but unfortunately it took me four glasses to realise that 😏
We set off early into my first warm morning. I ignored the confident French pilgrims who set off in one direction preferring to follow the yellow arrows but later realised I’d added an extra 1km doing it the ‘proper’ way.
It was a long stage – 28kms to Silleda – and there were no cafes or facilities for the first 13kms. It was a lot of road walking and by the time Estacion de Lalin came into the view we fell on the first bar we saw.
Much of the rest of the day was on grassy, shaded paths with the occasional foray onto busy paved roads. We passed through eucalyptus and pine forests, which reminded me a lot of home. We also walked passed a number of farms with gorgeous baby lambs, goats and foals.
Spring is definitely here and I find myself taking far too many shots of the gorgeous blooms.
We stopped briefly in A Laxe at the 18km mark where a few pilgrims are staying tonight before moving on for the final stretch. The pilgrims that chose to walk the road reached Silleda much earlier than us but my feet can’t handle so much time on bitumen so we went a roundabout way that was largely attractive apart from a section on an industrial estate and another of the dreaded muddy water.
We’re staying at the Albergue Turistico Silleda which is right in the centre. It looks fine with all single beds – no bunks!! Unfortunately it appears we have lost Dawid. His decision to hitchhike has put him far ahead of us but we’re hoping to see him in Santiago.
The pilgrims are already planning ahead to how we will celebrate when we reach Santiago de Compostela. Less than 50kms to go!!