Camino Day 34: Barbadelo to Gonzar 26km

Today we entered turigrino territory.

Why? Because today I broke the “less than 100km left to go” barrier. It is less than 100km left to walk before Santiago de Compostela.

As little as possible over 100km seems to be the distance that most turigrinos walk. And a minimum of 100km entitles you to receive the “Compostela” certificate.

Deb and I left Casa Barbadelo around 7.30am after indulging in a bacon and eggs breakfast there. Better than many others.

The Galician weather proved to be as unpredictable as what I had understood it to be. The forecast was for sunny weather with some clouds. It turned out to be overcast for most of the day with occasional small amounts of rain.

Is this a dunny? Perhaps not. Grain storage maybe? I would have liked it to be an outdoor dunny…

Beautiful Galician landscape today yet again. Narrow country lanes. Rolling hills.  Cool weather perfect for walking.

A note about chestnuts and their shells that grow on trees all over north-western Spain.

The hairy chestnut shells do sometimes look like and become as big as tennis balls. The chestnuts can without warning just drop down from the trees. If you are unlucky, which I haven’t been yet, and one of them hitting your head…

This is of course how the chestnuts look like without their shells.

You can see the locals skimming through ground covers to harvest them. I can understand why, as roasted chestnuts are delicious. I’ve tried them a couple of times while walking the Camino.

There are also plenty of apple trees along this part of the Camino. These harvested apples in bags come from what looked like a huge orchard.

Beautiful landscape yet again. Did I mention that?

This 100km left to walk marker is a hoax. That is not true. The distance to Santiago de Compostela from here is around 100.5km.

This is the true “100km left to walk” marker. I just had to celebrate that milestone with a photo.

Unfortunately, the 100km marker was also tainted by graffiti.

You can now see that 100km marker by looking back. So I am now several meters closer to Santiago de Compostela…

I did mention turigrinos didn’t I?

The people here are Australians. Note their fancy and unwrinkled clothing, white gym shoes and the perfect hair of the lady to the left.

Then this Spanish family. Some of them looked more like they were on their way to a yoga session rather than “walking the Camino”.

The final turigrino picture from today. These two pilgrims below had new clothes, same brand of backpacks, I think same type of jackets. They were so cute together holding hands at times.

Fast forward to the lovely town of Pontomarin across the bridge and up the hill below.

I understand that the river Rio Miño underneath the bridge can collect a lot of water and flood at times.

Looking down on Rio Miño from the middle of the bridge.

The bridge from the Pontomarin side. Yes, the Spanish turigrino family is there too.

Rio Miño next to Pontomarin yet again.

The beauty of the occasion required a selfie.

Deb and I had lunch in Pontomarin. I had a barbecue pizza which was awful. I forced down half of the pizza just to be polite but no return business here.

A couple of more pictures from Pontomarin. Yes, I liked the town.

On the homestretch to today’s destination of Gonzar, there was sudden barking. Where did that come from? From in here. 3 dogs inside that trailer.

Another milestone reached. 85km left to Santiago de Compostela means 700km walked.

Hans The Hiker noting the above achievement.

Tonight’s hostel Casa Garcia was in a rural setting. No wee-fee there. The local bar up the road had to provide that service. And that other essential service of… beer. Sorry, no photo from there.

Blister update: Well, the blister “bubble” from yesterday “disappeared” over night. Without me noticing. A small blister returned in the same place today but that caused me no discomfort whatsoever.

700km walked. 85km left to walk after Day 34

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