Day 23: 40 kilometers
Total: 747.7 kilometers
I woke up before my alarm which I set for 630. Lights on was set for 7 but you could leave whenever your wanted. At 6 I heard alarms go off and they were competing those who were still sleeping and snored even louder to drown out the alarms. Another 30 minutes – I could do it! I may have been able to but then the popcorn popping of farts started leaking into the air and I just had to get some fresh air! I stuffed my sleeping bag liner in my bag and grabbed my sandals and I was off! I should get an award for preparation packing the day before because I have became really good at that!
The moon was outrageous! I didn’t even turn my light on except to look at the map. I saw one arrow in town then just used the elevation chart to figure out the rest. Three kilometers later I saw the lights of the next town and I knew I was good! A little more climbing then I was at the Peregrino monument at the highest point in San Roque. It was pretty spectacular with the moon up and the sun rising at the same time! Stayed at the monument for a while admiring the day and how beautiful it was already. I did some push-ups at the base of the monument and then headed back across the road and joined the trail again. There were so many people at the Albergue I was sure to be seeing a few sooner or later. A few passed me here and there but that didn’t affect me in making some hearts It was turning out to be a beautiful day. Most of the group of people stopped at the town after the monument for a break and I kept going. I made it to Fonfria to a wonderful and beautiful Albergue! I sat down for some coffee and tostadas. It was delicious! The bartender played some latino music and we talked a bit. She liked my Spanish and said it was beautiful like my hair! Whoa! With that I left smiling into the rising rays of sun.
Traversing the trail near and far from the road, it passed through tiny little villages here and there and was one of the most beautiful walks yet! I’m having a great time with this! My ankle started hurting a bit so I stopped in Triacastela for a break but felt a lot better with a few minutes off my feet! I put on an ankle brace that I have been carrying and slowed way down. It was weird to feel the sensation so much. It wasn’t like a hurting pain but more so like a pestering pain that was affecting me. I made it over to San Xii and saw no one at all there. There was a nice little bench a few steps down next to a river and went there and put my foot in the cold water. About ten minutes of soaking seemed to do the trick. It felt a little better but I was still going real slow. When things like this happen I try to think why. I slowed down enough to find this peaceful little spot on the river! It was meant to be. I didn’t curse my ankle for bothering me, I accepted it and took it slow. By taking it slower that day I took in all my surroundings and had a fabulous day!
I had a great time hearing the birds and cows and wind going through the trees and fields. After San Xii there was only a little bit of climbing and then all downhill – score! Little town after little town it started feeling better. I started to get hungry and stopped at the next place I could. I had a empanada with a beer and an IB proufen with a view like no other! After that I was good. I continued on the next 8 kilometrs to Sarria. I was glad to get there being pretty tired. Usually my pace is a bit faster so I get done earlier but most of today I went really slow but felt alright at the end. I jumped into the Camino Frances pension and jumped into a shower then took a nap for 45 minutes. I then went down to the warm smiles of the owners. I sat down and they made me the menu de la casa for 6 euros and was bigger than anything I have ever seen! They were sweet people and they watched a funny game show while I ate. After dinner I walked down the street to a local mini market and got an apple, an avocado, bread and jamon for a whopping 2.85euros. I had lunch for tomorrow if I still hurt and went a little slow. Now off to bed, I was tired and wanted to get off my feet as much as I can. They sweet lady came rushing up and gave me an extra blanket and wished me a good night. The past few nights there wasn't any wifi where I have stayed so I just go to bed and it’s nice. I figure I will stop for coffee somewhere that has wifi and get everything updated soon! Until then Pura Vida y buen camino y adventure on!