I started the day thinking I'd walk just 16km but ended up doing 26km. There was an albergue at Arboces but that would have meant stopping after three hours of walking. I'd barely got into my stride by thennand it was far too early in the day not to be walking. There were supposed to be albergues at La Caridad but it was being rebuilt (according to another pilgrim), and at Porcia, but I saw no evidence of its existence. So here I am at Tapia de Casariego still on the coast and at the 26km point.

It rained all through last night. Today's walk commenced in the rain which gave up after about three hours. It was fine for the rest of the day and I understand that I'll likely finish the Camino without a full sunny day. As I was walking through Navia a
man leapt across my path and greeted me with, “Good Morning!” He must have wanted to practice his English. It's uncanny how many times I've been picked as an English speaker without first opening my mouth. He enquired if I had any pain. I pointed to my lower right leg with one of my walking poles. He then volunteered directions out of town. He had a big smiling face. I enjoyed the short exchange.

The path today zig-zagged on and off the main road. I'm surprised how adverse I've become to walking on the edge of a road with traffic streaming by. The trip through Italy and France has been effective aversion therapy.

There is no hospitalereo at tonight's albergue. It's up to each pilgrim to fill in a register, stamp his/her credential, and to place a donation in a box (solidly fastened to the wall). I've observed most people to attend to the first two tasks but ignore the third. This may account for the state of the toilets and showers which, if they got a clean tomorrow, it would be the first in months. My view is that a price should be set for a night's stay. People pay if it is obligatory, but if something can be got for nothing there are plenty who will take advantage of the situation. Hence there is little money to pay for essentials like cleaning. The system then has to rely on the
goodwill of volunteers for it to work.

My boots think they're ready to retire, but I've got other plans for them. With a roll of duct tape I'm trying to ensure the soles don't fall off. They took on water today so more tape was applied tonight to make them waterproof again. I feel this may be a lost battle. They really are ready for retirement but I'll make sure they reach Santiago on my feet.

There is a tradition at the end of a walk which is to go to Fistera (the most westerly
point in Continental Europe and about 100km west of Santiago), and burn something that was carried on the Camino. Guess what I'll be taking with me to Fistera to put to the torch?

Ribadeo was my planned stop for tomorrow, but it is only about 11km from where I am tonight. The problem is that if I move on from Ribadeo it will end up being a 30km walk because that's where the next albergue is located. We'll see what tomorrow brings.
Fr mich ist es immer wieder eine neue, spannende herausforderung, knackige texte zu verfassen, fr die ich intensiv recherchiere, neues wissen erlange und dieses dem leser leicht und Bewertung verstndlich aufbereite