Day 33 (June 12) Palas de Rei to Arzua (18.5 Miles)
Today it rained only enough to refill the puddles and require me to put my rain suit on and take it back off again. That’s okay because it fired up a great frog concert. (Turn up your volume.) http://trishdeford.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/img_1771.mov
An hour into my walk, I ran into Miguel and Roberto. They invited me to join them for lunch in Spain’s best pulpería, of course, a restaurant that specializes in pulpo. Roberto had been anticipating this visit since the beginning of the trip. Although I had a very long walk ahead, I could not resist the invitation. It was a lively, authentic place, filled with long tables and benches. Roberto knew just what to order, pulpo and potatoes. He seasoned them perfectly with paprika and crunchy salt. It was fantastic! The most flavorful, tender pulpo ever. I had 3 hours of waking ahead of me after lunch, so, sadly, I couldn’t stay until they finished. I left them drinking a bottle of white wine with smiles and promises to meet in Santiago.
During the morning, we crossed paths with my friend, Marcela, from Columbia. I was so happy to see her at that stage, as the last time we were together, she was suffering from severe knee pain. I learned that just after we had separated, she had gone to the hospital in Villafranca and gotten an injection. That allowed her to get back on the trail, though she promptly developed tendonitis in her ankle. She was moving slowly and painfully. I feel so badly for all the people on this trek who have developed serious injuries and am SO GRATEFUL that I have been spared. My only issues are tired feet at night and a cough. With only a few days to go, I’ll be fine. Though I will need a good rest when I get home.
The afternoon passed slowly, though the walk through eucalyptus forests was interesting. I learned that the trees are grown for pulp (not pulpo).
Since there’s nothing else to show, I’ll show you cute. How about kittens and the littlest Camino walker?
Just before I arrived in Azura, I ran into my friend Karsten. Chris, her boyfriend, is 5k behind. He walks at his own pace, which is good.
Since we’re in different towns tonight, we can’t have dinner together. But we, also made plans to meet in Santiago.
I’m looking forward to seeing all of my Camino friends at the end of the trail. Only two days of walking until Santiago!