For a few days, we have been a little dismayed by how long it takes us to walk 15 km these days! We are zigzagging constantly to avoid running water and mud on the path and we need to stop for lengthy discussions of things we see. Furthermore the weather is capricious and MB (who tends to overheat in her raincoat) is constantly changing clothes. Today we encountered snow, rain, hail, cold winds and sunshine.
First drama on the day was to cross the bridge entering Portomarin. This bridge can come as a shock to people (e.g. MB) who have a fear of heights. When the reservoir is low and one can see the remains of the old town and bridge, the view is rather intimidating/exciting as you cross. For some, it is terrifying. I remember last year a friend described how he walked down the middle of a traffic lane rather than use the narrow pedestrian walk.
Anyway, it was not a big problem today since the reservoir was quite full.
The bridge appear to be ony half as high as last November. All of the old town and bridge were completely submerged, so it wasn’t as scary or as interesting.
Next drama was a small side trip to see an archeological excavation, Castro de Castromaior. It was a surprise and slowed us down a lot! There was a pre-roman installation that was taken over by Romans.
One can wander about among the walls and wonder what the occupants did with these small rooms.
I am embarrassed not to know more about this, or how such sites are excavated. There didn’t seem to be much current activity, and there were no protected areas.
Because of these distractions we only made it to Ventas de Narón, where we are in the Albergue Molar.