Today was a double day of walking. This is to say, we basically planned on getting up before 6am and walking for two shorter stages before turning in to an albergue. It almost worked out great!
5:45am and Mikey was on the road. He thought it a bit bizarre – almost like nighttime apartment moving or skipping town just one step ahead of the law.
Although most of the path followed a highway, it veered off at times “into the woods” (and yes, Mikey sang a few bars each time.)
Some parts were a bit dicey such as multiple creek crossings. Yes, it looks easy, but when your 25lb backpack shifts along with a rock… Let’s just say that a similar crossing was the only time one of us fell last year.
Well, we finally made it to the picturesque seaport of Luarca. This is a popular vacation spot on the border of Galicia. The only problem is that it was too popular. As in, there were no vacancies at the albergue, pensions, hostels, or moderate hotels. Given the option of a $180 resort hotel room or a $3 bus to a pension in the next town over…
Hello Galicia! Oh, and to celebrate? Our pilgrim found a 20€ hostel, took a shower, and turned in early to soak his feet and watch reruns of “Pawn Stars” badly dubbed into Spanish. Oh well.