|Watch VERY carefully for these markers|
on the route from above Requejo to
El Padornelo - or you will get lost!
In the mean time, back to this camino. What a fabulous and fantastic day this was but VERY, very tiring! I have to say that this really took it out of me, far more than the steep climb to Cebreros on the previous trip! Maybe it was because it came on the last day of a long trip and one that did not afford us a break in the middle to rest up and renew the energy. The total this time has been 191.3km which leaves me only 213.7km to do! I can't believe it. The dogs and I have covered 991.3km on foot across the diagonal of Spain.
|The way after Lubián - continue|
to the right of this church, following
the track as it curves right in
|The wind whistled here and it was a little chilly on top|
of the hill at 1450m. We were glad for some "down" time
into Lubián although it was tar all the way and not
such nice walking
|The wolf heads on the wonderful fuente in Lubián|
The people of Lubián are known as "lobos" or wolves. According to one camino blog I was reading, apparently this area has the largest
concentration of Iberian Wolves in Spain, right in the forests that we walk through and have been walking through...!! From other research it seems that the town was known for the trapping of live wolves and I think, if my understanding of the Spanish translation is correct, they invented or developed some kind of trap after which they were named.
|One of my own "red" wolves!|
|Such fun taking two girls with me on this section - long and hard, always upwards, but not a single other peregrino!|
Beautiful walk on lovely old paths - again I was back in the past. Yume and Kaishi played and ran the whole way.
|Kaishi on one of the lovely little bridge crossings|
on this route before we really started to climb up through
the forest and into the first mountains of Galicia.
|Various concrete blocks have been|
place along the wet and muddy route as
many streams flow across the forest
paths. They are very welcome as they
keep the feet dry and sometimes there
are so many they are like giant
The photo of a kind of river bed, with an arrow on one of the rocks in the foreground is an example of one of the wetter parts of this camino track - the actual camino itself running along the middle of this stream! Fortunately there had not been too much rain and we could find rocky patches above the water level on which to walk, but it might prove interesting in wetter weather, and it may be harder to find the arrows if they disappear under the water itself, as I can imagine they do!
|This section of the walk is just stunning. It is so peaceful|
and so beautiful and the signs are like friends appearing
along the way, pointing us onwards to Santiago.
|The views as we near the top of the trail and are about to enter Galicia. The dogs loved this walk.|
|I love this - another arrow left by fellow peregrinos to show the way where there is some ambiguity. Here|
the arrow prevents us from accidentally taking a path to the left and makes sure that we continue
in the right direction.
|Love this! Arrival in Galicia and entering the Province of Ourense. What a great gateway to the final|
northern part of our route - and apparently an area of fabulous food!
|Great achievement. Really loved this day's walk and here we all are - with the Robertson Mala after 991.3km|
|Thank you to Rodney for his wise and simple words... they sum up the essence of the camino and being in|
the moment upon it, all one has to do is "walk"... "When walking, just walk".
|My credential - getting quite full now!|