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.
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.
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.