The joys of walking on ancient forest tracks used by pilgrims and farming communities for over 1,000 years draws us ever onward despite the promise of a shower. Wild flowers have begun to bloom making our journey even more colourful. Occasionally a tractor crosses our path or we walk over yet another ‘Roman bridge’.
With a focus on flexibility – our daily target is to get from point A to point B! There’s plenty of entertaining chatter for those who want it. Without planning everyone takes a turn leading our group along the Way.
As the days begin to merge into each other we encounter people from many other parts of the world. Like us they are enjoying the opportunity to escape for a while from their busy lives and experience just being in this wonderful environment.
Half way through our journey we arrive at the Portuguese-Spanish border. In centuries past warring between these two countries was not uncommon. We see evidence of this as we wander through the ruins of the fortress in Valenca beside the Rio Minho. The abandoned canons still have neighbouring Tui in their sights.
Next day we have a break from long distance walking. Instead we take a day trip with Guillermo and Maria from the recently founded Galician tour company, GR&R. Our guides, former academics, are victims of the European Economic Crisis. Their in depth knowledge of local history and culture is invaluable. We visit the interesting archeological site of Campo Lampeiro and have lunch at Combarro a traditional fishing village where the horreos (which store the grain) are built next to the sea.
And now we are on the homeward stretch to Santiago. If all goes to plan we will be there in just three more days.