The Via de la Plata winds through some beautiful and small Gallician villages and towns.  The route seems to be the road less traveled.  In my previous post I mentioned that we’d gone four of the five days and had the last day to finish before we reached the cathedral inSantiago.   I may or may not have mentioned that we met up with a Danish woman, Lisbeth, walking the Via on her own.  We walked the last two days with her meeting up on the trail both times.

The wildflowers bloomed with abandon along the trails.  Blisters blossomed on our feet with abandon along the trails.

I’m not sure why, but it seemed like the mornings (which were always nice and cool) took us on the walks through the shady woods, on nice dirt tracks, and flattish ground.  After lunch, when the sun reached the top of the sky and the temperatures climbed higher and higher, we got the uphill part of the journey on hot asphalt or pavement–sometimes on the N525.

Our second day we walked to Lalin.  The walk itself was pretty easy and we got to the end of the path thinking we would only have 2-4km to go before we could take off our shoes at our hotel.  We trudged on uphill at the hottest part of the day – around 5.  We trudged on uphill and now it’s 6.  We trudged on uphill and now it’s 7.  How long does it take to walk 4km?  Or even 6km?  We did finally make it to the hotel, and we found out the next day as we taxied over to the trail, that we had actually walked 8km from the trail to the hotel.  No wonder it felt like we’d been walking days.