We walked in cool mist most of today, about 26 kilometers from Portomarin to Palas do Rei. The path and all the daily destinations have gotten a lot more crowded since Sarria, where a lot of pilgrims begin so they can earn the Compostela by walking 100 kilometers to Santiago. After 3 days of high heat today's cool rain was welcome.
Portomarin, where we were last night, was moved to higher ground in the 1960s when a hydroelectric dam flooded the old city. They moved the centuries old church block by block and rebuilt it. The reservoir was low as we came into town and we could see ancient walls and small buildings.
Today we walked with Denise from Guadalajara, Mexico and Elizabeth from Brazil.
We're less than 50 miles from Santiago! 3 days to go ...
On May 27, 2011, we will lock our front door and set off on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, in northwestern Spain. We'll fly to Paris... Take a high speed train (TGV) to Bayonne, France... Change to a slower train that will take us to St. Jean Pied de Port, in the foothills of the Pyrenees -- where our walk begins. On May 29, Sunday, we will set out on foot for our 500-mile walk across Northern Spain.
The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old pilgrimage trail. We join millions of pilgrims who have walked this path over the years.
Journey with us, as we post pictures and highlights of our adventure.