Don’t believe everything you read, in this case the weather forecast. Today we planned a shorter trek from Santa Marina to Ponte Oliveira, a hilly 12km and the forecast was to be dreadful, overcast with torrential rain for part of the morning.
We timed our departure to try and avoid the worst of the weather and stopped a couple of kilometers into the day for breakfast. We met some of our fellow pilgrims, one man had walked from Le Puy in France, his total trip will be getting up toward 2,000km. Yesterday we met a Spanish pilgrim who has walked the Via de la Plata from Cadiz in the South of Spain, some 1,107km every second year since 2013 (this year was his fourth time) We met a Belgian father and daughter. Dad is 78 and seems to be walking nicely on a steady intake of wine and schnapps, it is fun to watch their interaction and to see the roles reversed.
As we packed to leave our breakfast stop the sun came out the rain cleared and though a tad breezy we decided to take it as a positive sign and pack away the rain gear, take out the sun hat, glasses and screen. Our faith was rewarded and we had a stunning day walking in the most glorious countryside.
Second breakfast was in this beautiful Albergue cafe. Where we sat like two sunbathing cats inside their big picture window, with the sun on our backs and took out sweet time over our snacks. We chatted a bit with pilgrims as they came and went. Eventually when we had procrastinated long enough, we reluctantly packed up and left for the final push to Ponte Oliveira…these miles won’t walk themselves!!