The Geezers had to gain some time, and I was still feeling ambivalent about this Camino, so I took the opportunity to solve one of the awkward accommodation stages (i e. having to detour to get accommodation). I jumped ahead with them by taxi, to arrive in a town with good transportation links so I could consider if I wanted to change things. As it happens, I truly enjoyed the 15 km walk today and decided that I would continue!
Short walk from Castroncelos to A Pobra, where a bar was actually open for second breakfast. That was a positive note! On leaving A Pobra, I decided to take a detour to see a Castro (pre Roman) site.
The day was beautiful, the paths were pleasant, and I even met 3 Spanish men, with whom I had some conversation.
I realized that what I most enjoy on the Camino is walking alone through countryside and villages where I can see how people live and work, but also encountering other walkers. I am not walking in Spain to see mountains and forests, even though the rolling hills, abandoned hamlets, and valley views are lovely.
A few more pilgrims were evident today – altogether we were 3 Americans, 4 Spaniards, and me (the only female) spread out. So I actually had a few conversations. We all stayed in different places in Monforte. I stayed in a hotel overlooking the Puente Romano (actually a medieval bridge, I think) and a pleasant river with very noisy geese.
I viewed Monforte from the fort at the top. It seems like a nice town and the streets were lively so I didn’t mind eating alone.
Never fear – I have been sending Abuela’s animal sightings separately, even when I didn’t blog.
One thought on “Day 8. Quiroga to Monforte de Lemos (taxi 21 km, 15 km walking)”
Looks lovely Clare. It seems I’m not alone in realising that my own two feet are not always the best form of transport.
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