……a milestone – for sure ! …. that’s the last 100k . A popular route & distance for people wanting a taster of the Camino .
…… taking my leave after a second night here at extraordinary La Casona de Sarria –
A warm farewell from entrepreneurs – Marcela , Pamela and Silvana . Great company 😘
And a new bike to replace the last one #seenthefuture 👌 #teslabike — rockhopper ✅
I now have the finest foot kit on Camino – and with one final check ………
With the help of a new pair of “LikeNikes” 😆 to replace the boots ….
…… after the England 🏴 game – it’s a judgement call when I meet the only Croatian guy for 100 miles !! But with Google translate we agree it was a hard won result and extended the hand of friendship …… ( he’s at least trying to look sad for me 🤣)
…… onwards – see Tatiana and Kenny – she’s in difficulty- cant walk . I take her Backpack to her overnight stop 12 k further on –
Where she and Kenny …….
Treat me to a massive Breakfast BLT mmmm
Their Camino ends here – she can’t go on – they catch the Bus to Santiago . I’ll miss them
Open invite to their homes in Paris and the South of France🙏🏽💕
25 k further reach Portomarin and see Carolina crossing the long river bridge and as always on the way happy to meet up with Sara – teacher from Malaga
…. then again – Donna from Tas’ shows up – it’s a real part of the Way that people in the same wave – even days apart – keep meeting . Great lunch .
Amazing – choice €10 inc 🍺!
As I’m on the bike a take the way a further 18k through streams , rocky paths and dirt tracks ( it can take it )
To a lovely overnight stop at St Xulien .
and spend a proper wild evening with David in the shades – Harvard Business school – and Oligiér – of a proud Spanish / German / Tangiers family super bright guys
Tough to get up after this 👀 … but onward. Medieval bridges
Wooded paths and fords through streams – lovely
And regular bars – a feature of the last 100k route .
And beautiful 8th century churches – I have time to see them all now rather than pressing on when on foot .
I see little Frederika – Hamburg – we gave her a birthday party 2 days ago – …. she’s had amazing unlikely adventures ( Raves , Danger sports , Techno🎶 festivals 😮 ! ) in retirement .
And reach Melidé about 2 days out from Santiago .
It’s early but the cafe culture fills up soon after …….
….. and who says I can’t have peaches , Santiago cake and a Canã – small beer for breakfast! 👌
…….. last 40 k ……. it’s getting close .