Madrid Camino Day 27 – Samos to Sarria

Jun 1, 2017

A short little stroll today of a mere 11 kms to the bustling tourist town of Sarria. It is where almost 30% of pilgrims begin and is considered the shortest Camino you can do to earn your indulgences from St. James. There is a very commercial element and no shortage of shiny clean and nice smelling pilgrims here – unlike the weather worn and sometimes fragrant veterans of the road.

More and more of this kind of thing as one approaches Santiago

I am in a small pension near the bus station next to a grocery store and right on the Camino so I can get a running start in the morning. The entire walk today was along a busy highway. Unpleasant but for the company of a pilgrim from Boston with whom I struck up a long conversation. I could barely keep up with her as she had developed an incredible pace on her walk from France so today was actually a bit of a workout for me. As we shared many similar political views, we had plenty to talk about and the time and distance flew. 

Tomorrow I am planning a regular walking day – 24 kms to Portomarin.