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Day 22 Santiago- 50 km !!!!

When I woke at 5 am my first thought was " nooooooo I cannot walk another 48 km or so today!!!!! I am going to stay in bed and catch a taxi.....I don't care anymore!!!!, Anyway, someone in the room got up at 5.30 am so I thought may as well get up too and get going so I was out the door at 6 am..still not 100 percent sure of my plan of where I would sleep tonight ( and as I walked many plans were made and changed!!!!)

My one plan was to hopefully walk 48 km to Arco O Piña ( if my body would let me do such another big day). Once I made it there I was going to either stay there and walk the final 20 km into Santiago the next day and get there in time for the pilgrims mass, or get there and catch a taxi to the albergue that sleeps 500 pilgrims just 5 km outside Santiago and then walk the last 5 km in the next day.

Anyway the first half of the day went well as I walked the 25.8 km to Ribadiso. Not light until 8 am today so 2 difficult hours of walking in the dark on some steep paths with loose stones.Undulating walk with some steep hills, beautiful ferns and moss coved trees making canopies in woods, lovely villages, all a bit of a blur really as I walked so fast and was totally on a mission. Had a quick quesa bocadillo chatting to an old guy from Canada and then on my way.

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The last half of the day was a killer . It was only 22.1 km on to Arco Do Piña but felt like another 30 km and went on and on. The last 8 km from Salceda was endless.....not bad scenery...I was just totally spent. I arrived in town at 4 pm to the albergue where my bag was delivered and he ordered a taxi or me.

A lovely lady taxi driver came and I must have looked even worse than I felt as she picked up my backpack and carried it to the car for me. I showed her the albergue 5 km out of Santiago to take me to in my map book but . 5 mins later I was feeling so undone I showed her the map again and said take me to Santiago as I couldn't imagine walking any further!!!!

I nodded off a few times, told her where I had walked from and she was shocked. When we arrived in Santiago I stumbled out of the car, she so kindly got my backpack from the back of the car and put it on my back, kissed both my cheeks and wished me well. Best 20 E I had spent and she was so kind I could have cried!!!!!

Still had the challenge of finding somewhere to stay and quite difficult in this big town. Made my way to the cathedral which although impressive I was too tired to appreciate.

Saw the fancy Parador Hotel is in the same massive square as the cathedral so I went in to get the price and decideI couldn't spend 150 E . I asked her to call some albergue's for me as I didn't want to walk around town and find they were full. The first one was full and she found another with 4 remaining beds about a 10 minute walk. She marked it on the map and I was on my way....just !Made it there by 5.30 pm and just collapsed on that very welcome sight fly bed AND it was a lower bunk ( the last one!!!!!). Yay...don't think I could have climbed a ladder!!! Tonight's albergue cost 15 E

Got up around 6.30 pm to find one dinner which of course in a large Spanish town is madness and impossible to find food before 9 pm !!!! Found a bar that agreed to make me a cheese sandwich ....- again I think I looked so wrecked and they felt so sorry for me and made me a toasted ham and cheese sandwich. Also bought some cheesecake ( very different from ours ) and ate back in my dorm of 6 beds - small one !! Ended up chatting for ages with a guy from Germany and a cyclist who had cycled from Belgium. Was nice to have some English speaking wools to chat with after the last couple of days with mostly non English speakers

50km to Santiago

50km to Santiago


50km marker

50km marker


Stone Bridge

Stone Bridge


Pilgrim office to get my certificate

Pilgrim office to get my certificate


Big yellow arrow

Big yellow arrow


40km marker

40km marker


Cutest little old lady that pointed the way

Cutest little old lady that pointed the way


Storage for corn

Storage for corn


Corn storage

Corn storage


Cathedral gates

Cathedral gates


Paella

Paella


Santiago cafe

Santiago cafe


Park overseeing the cathedral

Park overseeing the cathedral


Free tapas/snacks given with my coke

Free tapas/snacks given with my coke


My well worn guide book

My well worn guide book


Map info

Map info

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Spain

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