A rainy and pretty short walk from Sarria to Portomarin. I’ve been looking forward to this stop because I thought I’d see some boats, but the only water is a wide stretch of river. I haven’t seen anything other than a few kayaks and a couple of canal boats since I left Paris.
At dinner last night Ute marked the presence of 5 pilgrims from Germany Finland and USA in a nice Albergue with a staff who seems to enjoy their work and have fun. There are a lot of places along the Camino where sentiments resemble the peace and love days of the hippie era. It’s one of the things I like most about walking the Camino. Raw emotions are close to the surface, yet almost everyone is totally polite and looking out for each other.
I was asked about pilgrim meals. Actually many places in France and Spain serve Menu del Dia (menu of the day) with limited choices for dinner. A pilgrim meal is like this at an Albergue or hostel. Lots of high calorie food bread wine and dessert all for €9-12.
I passed a marker showing 100 km to Santiago today. This is the closest you can start to complete a pilgrim walk. Anyone who can walk 4 miles a day at home can probably walk 7-10 km on this trail to become a pilgrim. I hope to convince lots of Old Guys (and the women they’re trying to keep up with) that it’s a real possibility with a good daily effort at increasing walking distances.