Madrid Camino Day 30 – Palas de Rei to Salceda

Jun 5, 2017

Staying tonight in the tiny village of Salceda and hoping to get up early tomorrow to walk into Santiago. 

A long day, this day.

By my calculations, I walked 41kms today. Surprisingly, my feet and legs are just fine. I walked and talked with many people today and the kilometres flew by. I guess I’m stronger than I thought as I feel weary but fit, despite becoming slightly hallucinatory near the end of the day. The Way passed through endless forests of eucalyptus – hauntingly beautiful – and for much of the day it was hot and dry and sunny.

Less road walking today

Several times I was tempted to follow one of the many signs to private albergues en route, but I stayed true to my intention to reach Santiago by a certain date so I kept putting one foot in front of the other. Just as I was reaching my end destination for the day, I ran into my Camino Madrid buddy Jean. It was a happy reunion. He asked me where I had begun the day, then he made a few calculations with his GPS. He informed me that I had, in fact, walked 47 kilometres today. We laughed and shook our heads, then made a plan to hit the road early- 5 am- and walk the 28 kms to Santiago together in time for the noon Pilgrim mass at the cathedral.

We’ll see how that goes.

Nevertheless, I’m in great spirits and feeling confident.