Day Fifty Six

When we arrived at the hostel last night we decided we would not backtrack to O Cebreiro as it seemed a pointless exercise and after yesterday we needed an easier day.
After a shower we have a bottle of wine and talk before turning in for the night.
This morning we all wake up late, the sun already shining and the sound of the first pilgrims already walking past. We pack and after saying bye to Rachael who has to wait for her mum and auntie, we head out, our target today is Sarria, a mere 25km.
The walk today is easier despite taking the shorter more strenuous route. We pass through a few small villages, but after yesterday’s experience the views don’t compare. The day is beautiful and hot (which makes it harder for me), we stop for breakfast and later on for a coke. It’s about half past three before we get to Sarria, we find a beautiful old albergue in the town and get cleaned up, I wash all my clothes.
After a short siesta we explore the town, first going to the church and then we look for a supermarket. Bruno wants to cook, so we get supplies and whilst he prepares I sit and catch up on my blog.
At present we are sitting outside enjoying the evening, most of our Camino friends haven’t made it this far today, but we want to try and get to Santiago for Sunday so we can attend mass and be mentioned in the service.
Today Bruno has been making up songs or poems about the towns we’ve walked through and ‘churros con chocolate’… Very amusing despite the fact I haven’t had any yet!

About waytosantiago

The way of St. James is one of the three largest Christian pilgrimages of the world. I intend to walk one of the many routes which begins in le Puy en Velay, France. The route has been trodden by many weary souls, looking for answers, looking for adventure, for the obvious religious reasons, or just walked for the sake of it. I first came across the route about 6 years ago whilst reading Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Pilgrimage’, I decided maybe something could be learnt from spending so much time on the road in solitude. Being the kind of person that lives to work, these ideas were put on hold whilst my life moved steadily forward. Recently I’ve found myself longing for adventure and decided it was time to begin planning. Another thing I decided was if I was going to do this, I may as well try and raise money for charity along the way. So the story begins...
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