Day 22, Sarria to Portomarin
The day starts with the feel of a long day. After a wonderful relaxing afternoon yesterday - we are slowly crawling out of bed at 06:30 -- unusual for this trio. It is a short walk through Sarria -- but the final out is tough - a long flight of stairs and more climbing followed by a long steep down hill. I never find my mojo today; the body and mind are tired and screaming-- give us a break or else. It is just over 6 hrs to complete the 22 km to Portomarin. We walk some very scenic trails with some good up and down sections - the body / mind still screaming for a break. We arrive Portomarin, enjoy a pleasant breeze as we cross a bridge over a man made lake into the town and created to a steep set of stairs and more climbing to our albergue. By now I've decided to give the body/mind a days rest.
Portomarin is a beautiful little town. We have a room with two bunks - 40 euros and we take all 4 beds. We did offer the 4th bed to young German lady who hope to find her own room or one with few beds. She must have been successful as we did not see her again. She did say she liked and trusted Canadians as two Canadian gentlemen carried her to medical aide last year when she broke an ankle on first part of journey. Love those Canadian stories!
Today I walked and chatted with a lady from London, Ontario. She grew up in Goderich. She was most interested on our thoughts about the NDP sweep in Alberta. Like many of us - shocked. Then we chatted about the fall federal election - wondering if there may be more surprises. I'm sure Harper and gang will take a closer look at public sentiment. I doubt he'll learn anything -- too arrogant in my opinion. Idbe happy o see minority PC gov't in which case I could see him step down as leader. I hope 2015 is the last we see of him on the federal stage.
Today we walked with people from Malta. They are part of a walking club who decided to do the last 110 km of the Camino. It is there first day. The group totalled 59 with majority doing St. James Way and a few doing the Portugal route. It was interesting watching walkers today...we see many who are just starting - smiling and lots of bounce in their stride. Then there are the ones who have been walking for weeks - a more serious demeanour. As the lady from London said, " I'm tired and sore and just want to be finished."
I enjoyed a Russian salad and a pizza for dinner - no fries. I really enjoyed the meal.
One more comment on my tired body: during the hikes in Peru and Nepal I remembered the shortness of breath - only experienced sore muscles on walk into Colca Canyon. After carrying this 10 kg pack for days and feeling the impact I'm certain I'll pay attention to body weight as I age. I recall hearing things like carry a 10 lb sack of sugar around for awhile -- you do feel the difference. Double it and do for weeks - months - it has to be tough on the body.
This is Hans 4th Camino!
See you tomorrow