|El Camino - Day 26
Maximum elevation = 725m, minimum elevation = 332m. 5 - 15 degrees. Overcast.
Up and out early this morning - 7.10am. Still dark. Not helped by the overcast, misty, drizzly morning. Fortunately, the drizzle stopped by our 5km breakfast stop and while mostly overcast, it was a dry day. We breakfasted at Mercadoido - a very nice bar/restaurant. Was a beautiful stone building and well maintained inside and out. Seemed too high class for us pilgrims but we'll take it. M, T and I had a large slice of tortilla. S2 had a large piece of chocolate cake. I had to tell him what I tell my boys 'chocolate is not breakfast!'
Another 5km to Portomarin which is a larger village on a large river - Embalse de Beleser. I was troubled by tendinitis above my right knee and limped in hoping for a farmacia and knee brace. Must have been medication day in Portomarin as the tiny farmacia was packed with locals. The stores are so small, it's impossible to browse for what you're after. Figured I'd be there for hours so decided to make do with my strapping. Cashed up at an ATM (hardly anyone takes cards on the Camino) we headed off on the 8km stretch to Gonzar for lunch. Some ups and downs, both of which made my knee scream and made me wonder if my choice to continue on was wise. By lunch I had a plan: go back to my other innersoles which have better arch supports but hard under the feet, rub in cream I picked up at supermarket, remove strapping, take ibuprofen and do squat stretches. Well, fortunately something worked (maybe well wishes from home) and the afternoon was a much more comfortable walk. S2 also had pain in his thigh - similar therapy gave him a better afternoon too. T probably only one not in any pain today - having all his issues in week 2!!
Other than that, it was a pleasant walk on country paths again today. Farms, forests and even a eucalyptus tree plantation.
Staying in tiny village - Eirexe. Nothing to do but hang at the bar and eat, drink and chat with other pilgrims. :)
Today's distance = 28km
Total distance = 713km
Yellow VW count unchanged.