Day 7 – Oia to Baiona

I stepped outside this morning to stillness…literally no wind.  The wind is a huge dynamic on many things. Yesterday the outside temperature was similar to today…upper 60’s, but the wind was blowing hard and the combination made for a very cold start.  Even my windbreaker brought little relief.  Today I had it off in the first 5 minutes.  A headwind can make an overseas flight 2 hours longer than one with a tailwind.  A headwind can require a golfer to use 2 extra clubs for a standard yardage shot; a tailwind 2 less.

And so it is with life.  When the rush and sounds are in your face, things seem harder.  When you have quiet and peace, things seem clearer.  I brought ear buds with me thinking I would tune out the world while I walked, yet I’ve not used them once.  The stillness and peace of this morning had me attuned to the sounds and smells of nature…the birds chirping, the sea flowing, the flowers fragrant.  It is a simple but rare treasure these days.  Time to get centered and your thoughts clear.  I have absolutely relished that gift.

A wall just outside Oia.

Goodbye Oia…you were special in my heart.

What looks like Roman ruins on the outskirts of the town.

About midway through my walk today I moved from the country to some major roadways. These roads have dedicated paths alongside for bikers and hikers.  I must say I’ve been reacquainted with the lack of courtesy extended by some bikers doing the Camino.  They are sometimes traveling 10-20x the speed of walkers, and when they zip inches by you from behind at that speed…with no warning…you about jump out of your skin.  Some display the proper etiquette by calling “on your left / right” or “Buen Camino” when approaching, letting you know to step aside, but more often it’s the former versus the latter.  The other ‘skin jumper’ is when a dog awaits you walking alongside their fence and growls and barks out of nowhere.  Man oh man, why can’t they just chill like cats?

Then my day flipped back to countryside walking, and perhaps the most beautiful scenery I’ve seen…not only on this walk (which is saying a lot)…but perhaps EVER.  I’m talking stunning vistas that are too surreal for words.  I hope the following photos do some justice to what my eyes and brain will store forever.  I’m so grateful to see this incredible part of the world, and to do it on foot in peace and quiet.

A unique marker for pilgrims.

One of the high and beautiful paths I walked today.

A 5 euro ‘brown bag’ lunch…

…enjoyed on a cliff side with this $10 mm view.  I’ll take that combo any day!

Some of my paths today were grassed with yellow flowered gorse bushes in bloom.  I felt I was walking Royal Dornoch in northern Scotland…but w/o my clubs!

Not sure which was more unusual…this cliffside windmill or the fact that it was at the Hotel Glasgow…in Spain!

A lighthouse in the distance.

The picturesque coastal town of Baredo.

Looking back on Baredo on the way to Baiona.

First bend coming into Baiona.  Notice the sailing regatta heading to the Cies Islands, arguably Spain’s most important national park.

The front and backside of an ancient guard garrison.  Check out the stone workmanship.

The 1337 built fortress that is now a Parador Hotel.

The Parador at Baiona.

The Carabela La Pinta, which arrived in the Port of Baiona in March 1493 with news of the discovery of America.

​A sailing club in the Bay of Baiona.

All headed downwind with spinnaker sails in full use!

​From the grounds of the Parador Hotel.  Buenos Noches peregrinos.

Author: jtcaminoblog

A husband of 38 years, a father of 3, a Christian man and pilgrim on this earth. I am a devout Roman Catholic whose purpose in life is to love our Lord above all else and our neighbors as ourselves. I struggle with the latter but walk these pilgrimages for both atonement and guidance from the Lord to be the best version of myself.

4 thoughts on “Day 7 – Oia to Baiona”

  1. Hey dad…
    I was reading your amazing history. It inspires me a lot. Your pictures are just unique.
    I hope everyday will be better and better than the day before.
    Take care a lot. I’ll see you back and we will have another great conversation first time in the morning 😉

    Besos y abrazos!!!!

    Airen

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    1. Haha on the bottle label. Mom got me hooked up! Yes, that is THE MOST presh bottle of olive oil I scored over here to put on my “roadie” sandwiches. Great shelf life and no worries of spoilage in a hot backpack like mayo. BTW… that’s a self constructed lunch after a visit to the local Mercado.

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