We leave 8 am and first have breakfast. It is another nice and sunny day. Puffy white clouds drift on the horizon. We cross the river and follow a trail up the side of Portomarin through pine forests. The trail then follows by the side of the road for about 8 kms or 2 hours until Gonzar where we have a sporstsdrink. Here we see Lee and Holly, a nice British couple we have encountered several times on the way.
The Camino passes by the side of a country road until Ligonde where we stop for a caldo gallego and bocadillo lunch at 1 pm. At 3 pm, we reach Palas del Rey and have a cafe cortado.
We pass Airexe right after and then San Xulian by 4:30 pm. Here I see Sharon and Paul with whom I had walked with back in Roncesvalles. Farther on is Casanova which we reach at 5:30 pm then finally Melide by 7 pm. We go directly to Pulperia Garnacha and have a pulpo (octopus, their specialty), one steak dish each, fried peppers and a beer to replenish our used up reserves. Wonderful food!!!
Later, fortified with that great dinner, we search for the municipal albergue. We ask around, make a few wrong turns until we finally find it. It is very nice, comfortable and warm.
|Gonzar snack stop|
|Santiago cross, almost in Melide|
|Pulperia Garnacho in Melide -- the best pulpo in town!|