June 18 – Today is going to be the hottest day of the unusual heat wave that we’ve been walking in all week – supposed to be 95 degrees by noon, so we decided to get an early start again and try not to fry our brains. (The high temperature is usually in the 70s here, and these pleasant temps will return next week.) 13 miles today to Lestado. On the road at 6am, just so I can share the sunrise with you:
Got to say good morning to a horse, and do some shady woods walking.
At the top of our climb, got to see the mist settling in the valley, looking surreal.
We had a reverse mountain climb today – a steep downhill to Ponte Ulla, then back up the other side:
The Rio Ulla:
We are staying tonight in a Casa Rural that is a mile from the nearest restaurant, so the Señora cooked us Sunday dinner, and invited us to swim in the pool! So nice. A little St. James in the garden.
This is the penultimate day of our hike, so we’re engaging in a lot of reflection on the very excellent time we’ve had. Great weather, wonderful food, the ability to customize our stages, usually having private accommodations. Breathtaking views, interesting cities. Eight miles to go.
June 19 – Our Señora made us a breakfast that couldn’t be beat, then sent us on our way. The heat wave hasn’t broken, so today is supposed to be the hottest day of the week. Luckily we are not far from our goal. The morning sun.
The sleepy town.
Feeling a bit Van Gogh-ish.
There’s the city on the hill.
Here we go!
Not long now!
A little more woods,
A steep climb along the busy highway,
Then we are in the city! See the towers of the Cathedral?
We waited on line for an hour (not a long wait from what we’ve heard) at the Pilgrim office to get our official Compostela, signifying that we have completed 1007 kilometers from Sevilla to Santiago.
A volunteer outside the Pilgrim office took our picture to commemorate our success.
We are here! Zero miles to go. Stay tuned for our tour of the city.