Day 10 – Redondela to Pontevedra

The stone marker at the head of the bridge Pontesampaio over the Rio Verdugo.  The bridge was built in 1795.

View of the river from the bridge.

Today’s walk was 50% over lovely shaded paths carved out of eucalyptus forests.  The smell was like walking through a Pier 1 store on steroids!

I spent last night in an old farm house that was converted to a restaurant and inn.  Apparently the restaurant has quite a following as the inn was full of both vacationing families and pilgrims.  After waking to the rising sun with the songs of birds filling the air, I met pilgrims from Poland and Spain before heading out for Pontevedra.

Today’s walk was short & pleasant, and it’s a good sign that I’ve turned a physical and psychological corner when I consider 10 miles to be entirely too short.  You know you’re capable of more when you’re at your hotel before the rooms are ready for check in.  High class problem, as there’s time to wander and have a beer.

There’s been days when my backpack felt this large…but not today!

A vineyard along the Way today…

I stopped in the tiny and ancient Capela da St. Maria on the outskirts of Pontevedra to offer some prayers and leave this one from my daughter Cristin…’Let it Be’ Dad…let it be.

The inside of the tiny chapel.

Many pilgrims leave their prayers here after their visit.

Pilgrims also pile prayer stones on waymarkers as they ‘leave their sins behind’…

Pontevedra is the Galician regional capital and home to a modern university and about 80,000 residents.  Their ‘Old Town’ section is very cool and littered with public squares, bars, cafes, commercial shops and tourists.  There’s a lively spirit to Old Town as many are out having a coffee or beer and conversation.  It was a treat to arrive early and hang out watching the many different genres of folks stroll by.

The entrance to one of Pontevedra’s many public squares.

The Convento de San Francisco.

Statue atop the Santuario da Peregrina.

The Convento de San Francisco.

Our beloved St. James!

The impressive Arturo Sauto designed Santuario de Peregrina.  The floor plan is designed in the shape of a scallop shell.

So tomorrow is a bit longer with 17 miles into Caldas de Reis.  I didn’t walk with any pilgrims today.  The ones I encountered were in small groups and the opportunity to start a dialogue didn’t develop.  Perhaps tomorrow will be a different story…we’ll see.  I put the ‘alone time’ to use though as I let my mind go to several topics I have been considering.  Time to think is still the most under appreciated  and valuable commodity there is.

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.

2 thoughts on “Day 10 – Redondela to Pontevedra”

  1. I love that a part of our Cristin and her love of words was left at an altar on your journey. You sound so peaceful and happy. Well deserved John Tanner. You deserve to be happy and joyful. I see our beloved St James in your pictures now. Getting closer … do you feel or hear him calling to you? Beloved St James, the first disciple to drink from the chalice at the Last Supper.


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