Apr 30. Day 34. 27.1km. Departed 0725 hours, arrived 1450 hours.
Yesterday, Apr 29 we took the train to Lugo, a short 27 mins ride. It was a rest day. We met our friends from Singapore, Josephine and Richard, who will walk with us from Lugo to Santiago, the Camino Primitivo. We wanted to avoid the crowds who start from Sarria. We later found out that the Primitivo converges with the Frances routes after the second day, at Melide.
There were about 16 of us on the Primitivo this morning! Obviously, there are the late starters as there were several unclaimed bags at our lodging when we checked in at 4pm (after stopping for a longish lunch).
This morning was foggy until close to 1130 hours! That made for a cooler walk which helped a lot. But we used our headlamps to flash our presence as most of the walking was on roads.
The fog that descended this morning seemed such an appropriate reminder with respect to maintaining peace of mind and heart. We have to jealously guard the tranquility we had secured.
Leaving at 0725 hours from Lugo.
A bridge as we left Lugo.
That’s how far down one can see in this fog. And why we used our flashing headlamps to alert vehicle drivers.
The fog persisted for close to 4 hours.
One of the best parts of today’s walk, through this forested trail
The owner had set up this rest stop for Camino peregrinos. It’s the best set up. It had a vending machine, a microwave if you needed to warm up a dish, another sitting area (not in picture) and a modern wheel chair accessible toilet!! I really hope peregrinos support him/her!
The sun started shining down at about 1145 hours. Here’s some vapor trails that reminded us of the scallop shell.
The last 4-5 km had several uphill and downhill sections. We felt different stresses – shin, calves, ball of feet, etc.
We had a great lunch at the only cafeteria to serve lunch in Ferreira. Because we covered quite a bit of distance today, the next 4 stages/days will be less taxing.
We decided to skip dinner given the late and heavy lunch.