A tough grind

Our goal for today was to travel 25 km to Palas De Rei. We woke up to find out that the water system was contaminated due to the torrential rain the night before (brown water coming from all faucets)

We left the town in darkness at 7:30. The way out was a long and arduous climb in the cool and overcast sky. Soon the light was visible and we had beautiful views around us.

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After 8 km we hit our first town and street side cafe. It was packed with pilgrims. There were hundreds of pilgrims around us The majority had started in Sarai to do the last 100 km. Our quite paths felt crowded for once. A feeling so unfamiliar.

The path was a constant up and down. The weather got cooler and then warm and then cold again.

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As we were entering town after 25 grueling km and 170 floors of climbing, I got word that my two brothers Barkat and Sikander have reached Madrid.

We hope to meet up with them tomorrow afternoon in Melide ( 15 km from Palas De Rei and only 50 km from Santiago).

Barkat will join us for our walk to Santiago, while Sikander will wait for us in Santiago. We are excited about the reunion!

8 thoughts on “A tough grind

  1. Shalu

    The misty sunrises are just taking my breath away! The flowers are also so gorgeous.

    Even your pictures are looking much more crowded– the Camino now seems like a multi-lane highway. And Uncle, we need more pictures of you! Only a few more days!!

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  2. sapnaswaroop

    Those flowers are spectacular, especially the first one with the rolled-up petals. Amazing.

    Everyone’s hair is getting long and waists are getting skinny. You look the part of travelers that have been on the road for many weeks (months!).

    Enjoy the reunion and your last few days of walking. It is incredible that you have walked all this way and are healthy, happy, and still blogging. =)

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    1. Hannah

      Once again you all make me want to take this “hike”! Your photos and descriptions are very enticing. Have fun with your brothers. What fun that will be.

      Hannah

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  3. Sanam

    Some of the best pictures are in this blog post from all the other pictures you have posted! They are simply beautiful! So glad Barkat Uncle has joined you in this journey and Sam Uncle is there to cheer for all of you! 🙂

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