Wed 21 Oct - Day 37: Arzua to Pedrouzo 20km
766km walked. 19km left to walk.
I had a slow start this morning after yesterday's navigation malfunction. Second last day on the Camino, not a long stretch, why walk in the dark?
So around 8am I was packed up and on my way. At least that's what I thought.
Today was another lovely day, albeit a bit warmer than yesterday. I prefer the cooler weather. Beautiful colors in the morning.
Suddenly a wide and new bridge appeared. No traffic. No sound. The construction seemed to be over the top for here in the middle of nowhere.
What was the bridge for?
I could see a few people in the distance doing something. Hopefully construction. Nobody could be seen below or on the bridge that I was on.
My thoughts went towards Chinese construction projects from Guangzhou I saw during a visit there a few years ago. In something similar in scale to this project, you would see 100s, if not 1000s of workers. And an adjacent small town of huts where the laborers would be housed and live.
With apologies to Robert DeNiro.
Today's highlight was a van stopping on a hill just in front of me. The driver walked around and opened the side door. Out stepped a handful of Turigrinos, in new and colorful clothes, tiny backpacks including a lady with blow dried hair.
They thanked the driver and started to walk... a whole 20 meters or so to a cafe and there they disappeared inside.
No photos. I was just too stunned about it all. Is having a Compostela and be able to tell your friends that you have "walked the Camino" really so important?
Meanwhile, back to the real world...
The place for morning coffee...
Very nice but the greasy taste of the chorizo did hang around for a while afterwards.
The cafe's marketing campaign seemed to work. I went in.
Flags and jerseys and who knows what were hanging down from the ceiling...
Again, that point of differentiation seemed to work very well. Bar a Casa Verde was very popular, if nothing else, people went in and got a stamp.
Just down the road, somebody had amused themselves by making a twig cross to hang from a wire. The sun's shadow made for interesting photography.
I tried to find the sensor that triggered it but I couldn't find it. The thing was powered by solar cells and there was a TV screen inside.
Almost there. 1.8km left to walk.
...Realized that I left my wall power plug/adapter for charging my iPhone in the last albergue. Presumably in the wall.
In my plastic bag that was supposed to include two items, the wall plug/adapter and the USB cable was now only the latter. $&@&$@&
I borrowed a power plug to get my phone up to 100% charged but I will have to wait to get a new power plug until arriving in Santiago de Compostela tomorrow. Did I say &@&$@&?
The hospitalero suggested check the local hardware store. Which I did. Which sells cigarettes. But not electrical items.
Study of albergue life. Backpacks galore.
Well, it is the night before graduation night which is the big one. We all went out that last "Menú del Peregrino" i.e. salad with tuna, mains with chips and no salad and crap wine. It was all there.
Let's finish off with a few dusk pictures walking back to the albergue Cruceiro de Pedrouzo. Hey, gotta get back to the albergue before too late.
Post note: I really like these cone shaped snacks. They are delicious and very more-ish. Yes, I probably have too many of them. Waistline can take it. At least for as long as I am on the Camino.