Oh Holy Night…

Day 8- Ribadeo to Mondoñedo- 36km.

Happy Easter to all.

Unbeknown to us, we must be getting fitter, as we smashed out another long day. Spain converted to daylight savings time overnight, so we were out the door at our usual early starting time, anywhere after seven am, however the sun still had another ninety minutes to show itself. So we walked by moonlight for a while as we started heading inland and up into the mountains. 

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As cold as it was, Michael still wore his shorts but kept his jumper on all day.

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Hello shadows.

The temperature was hovering around nine degrees celsius but those pesky Galician winds still had the intensity to blow you all over the path and freeze you to the core. Luckily the steady climb kept the sweat factor up and it was only when you stopped that you’d freeze. Ergo- don’t stop. In fact we walked solidly for five and a half hours before we got to our first open bar at San Xusto at the twenty-three kilometre mark.

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A celebratory selfie as we made it up a monster of a climb.

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We had just twenty minutes to wait before the attached restaurant opened and then we feasted on a spicy chickpea soup and beef so tender that at the sight of the fork, it fell off the bone. We were feeling recharged for almost anything and with Michael all liquored up, we made the decision to walk beyond the recommended stage ending at Lourenzà which was a mere 4.5km away, and aim for Mondoñedo, a 13km post-lunch stroll with two hill climbs to tackle. Such gusto. Such stupidity.

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The band were playing in the town square as we passed through Lourenzà.

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Hallelujah only 2km to go.

We began regretting our decision with five kilometres to go. It seems to be a barrier on the Camino. The last five kilometres drag, as your feet protest, your back begins to spasm, and your mind plays tricks on you. The wind gusts were gaining in intensity and they made walking in a straight line an impossibility but that could have been the delerium kicking in as well.  We finally reached our destination at 5pm and checked into the 18th century Seminary of Santa Catalina which is just behind the 13th century Cathedral of Asuncion.  Hopefully some devine wisdom will seep into our senses as we sleep.

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The Cathedral.

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The Popes lining the Seminary walls.

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15 thoughts on “Oh Holy Night…

  1. Congratulations on your ‘big day out’ yesterday.. Once again , lovely photos… All well here .Love and take care, Mum​

    On Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 5:12 AM, The Travelling Chelle wrote:

    > mm4214 posted: “Day 8- Ribadeo to Mondoñedo- 36km. Happy Easter to all. > Unbeknown to us, we must be getting fitter, as we smashed out another long > day. Spain converted to daylight savings time overnight, so we were out the > door at our usual early starting time, anywher” >

    • Thanks Mum.
      When the sky is blue, the photos of the green fields turn oug wonderful. It’s just a shams I can’t show you how windy it is in a photo. Xx

  2. We add our congratulations to you both on your achievements. As exhausted as you must be the memories will live on forever and you can justifiably pat each other on the back, over and over as the years go by and you relive your epic journey through your photo journal! Well done 🙂

  3. Michael cracks me up with his shirts.
    You crack me up with your wit. 😀
    Don’t stop !! No wonder you walk your legs off.
    I pray your sleeps are reviving. Xxx

  4. Hi again, you have both done a remarkable journey once more – how long now until you reach your destination and have you caught up with Chloe yet? Weather here does not seem to be getting any cooler in fact the next week is all 30 + degrees everyday. Everyday that you walk is getting closer to home!!!!Luv Di, Greg and Mchaelxxx

  5. Tuesday is our last full day in San Sebastián, so we’ll be making the most of it. I feel that my feet are getting soft again and I had a small blister yesterday, caused by my walking sandals. I’ll see if I can convince my companions to take your advice and do a training walk today sans packs.

    Still loving your blog

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