We can end up in the oddest of places. The albergue in Pinera is an old primary school – not that unusual – about 5 metres from a busy main road – now we're getting there. To get to the albergue you follow a well laid out path of arrows which leads to a house where the owners do the registration. They have a little shop in the room where the registrations are done, and also use one of the rooms in their house for pilgrims to dine in. You need to give one hour's notice of the meal you want to eat and return later to eat it. I ordered mine for 6.00pm – an early one for me. After registration it's about a 600 metre walk to the albergue. I arrived around 2.30pm. I had the place to myself for about three hours. Pinera is little more than a collection of buildings scattered over a wide area.

While waiting for my meal to be prepared I shopped for tomorrow and then sat outside the shop and wrote up my notes for this blog. It's one of those shops that sells clothes, foot wear, hardware and food. I may have made the point before but I find food on Spain quite cheap, especially compared with France. The a��9 pilgrim meal was magnificent. I was given enough zucchini soup for three bowls, and the pasta with tomato and tuna was enough for three giant helpings. I accepted defeat with the pasta. Then there was the salad. I'm a salad addict. I didn't leave any if it.

I've planned a very easy walk from here to Santiago. No more than 20km per day. (Today's walk was a breezy 16km.) I now expect to arrive on August 6, having split a 32km walk into two over the past two days. I'm calling this a 2,500km walk. I've got about 230km to go which means I've walked 2,270km. On Wednesday I'll be in Ribadeo and it's there that I turn south-west away from the coast to meet up with the Camino Frances at Arzua, just 39km from Santiago.

I didn't leave the albergue this morning until 9.30am, having not woken until around
7.30am. Yes, it takes me a while to get moving. After an hour of walking I reached Luarca, a thriving little metropolis built around a small cove. A river divides the town which climbs out of the cove up steep hills in a circular pattern. As I walked through it this morning Luarca had a vibrancy about it with the shops doing good business and street stalls set up in a square adding more colour and busyness. It's one of those places I'd like to spend time exploring, but I probably wouldn't need much more than a day to do it.

As a pilgrim I've tended to take liberties from time to time with people's private property. Like today when I was looking for somewhere to rest and eat. Normally finding somewhere is no problem. There's plenty of spots beside the road, but today it commenced to rain soon after I left Luarca. When I'd been walking for two and a half hours I was due to stop. I was passing a house when I noticed it had a room attached to one side. With its open front I could see some debris on the dry concrete floor. I assumed it wasn't used for anything in particular at present so there I stopped, took off my wet weather gear, got out my food and ate. About 20 minutes
later the owner drove away from the house. He looked at me and kept on driving. I suspect I wasn't the first pilgrim to use this space.

I took particular care today to stay on track. When I lost sight of the arrows in Luarca, directions from a couple of locals kept me on track. Part of today's route has been moved because of the construction of a major motorway. This is a common reason for re-routing the Camino.

Today is the feast day of Santiago (St James). It's not being celebrated in Pinera,
but in a neighboring village of Villapedre I saw a group setting off rockets that were making quite an explosion about 100 metres in the air. I've been told that the whole of Galcia Province, of which Santiago de Compostela is the capitol, today is a designated public holiday.
A synthesis of euro-electronica, cheeseball early 90s candy rap, and pure disco, one more time sounds kind of silly until you hear it on a dance floor full of sweaty people at three-quarters past midnight