This was our last long day. At 28.2km, we were tested with morning fog, steep uphill segments followed by toenail crushing downhill sections, and a searing sun that could melt walking pole tips….and yet we made it. We even managed to get to our destination of Arzua by one minute to 2pm, our cut off period. We are invincible!
We decided to leave a little earlier as the forecast was hot, hot, hot. So we left Palas de Rei at 6.15am after our evening of sing-along, led by the wonderful Dutchman Ben. He has already walked the camino 8yrs ago but decided to do it again and his sisters Anne and Caroline have joined him from Leon. They are such great company but are plagued by disasters as Anne had to taxi forward due to foot issues.
Anyway I digress, we left through a morning fog that lifted around 9am. We had to walk 8.5km before our breakfast cafe stop. It was great to see old familiar faces again. A couple of kids from Michigan, Isaac and Maria who are part of 13 from the Christian college doing the Camino from Burgos, shared their Santiago cake (a light almond cake) with us. We have been seeing them since Leon. We also saw Bernardo, a Mexican girl that we last saw in Belorado, over two weeks ago. We are all getting closer to the prize….Santiago.
We went through the town of Melide and then came to the 50km to go marker. Another Kodak moment. Then it was another 10km before our final break to rehydrate for the last uphill section to our Albergue in Arzua. The heat is testing a few today but one good thing is that the clothes won’t take long to dry today.