We began our second day of walking in sandals along mostly paved roads.
Oh, and there was this wooded area that was still damp from an overnight rain. Yes, Mikey’s sandals got wet and his feet started sliding in them, but he’s not complaining. I mean, the grass is always greener…
OK, maybe that saying is true. This was just a fun stop. All the other cows were content to relax in the sun, but Bessie was HON-gry. Oh, and she doesn’t care – the heifer kept munching away and totally ignored “Pilgrim DeMille” with the camera.
We naturally passed through yet another Eucalyptus forest. So Mikey checked into this seemingly ever present tree and here’s what he found: Apparently, the tree was introduced in Galicia back in the 1990’s by a catholic priest. Rural property owners were amazed by the speed in which they grew (up to 15 times faster than native trees) and began planting them throughout the countryside. The problem? A sharp decline in native species and a quick rise in this non-native flora could be negatively impacting local ecosystems.
We made it to Vilalba in decent time considering the slower pace due to sandals. The guidebook recommended walking through the town and stopping another 20km in Baamundo, but 20km was all Mikey felt like doing today. The goal is to find some athletic tape that will keep his bandages in place and better cushion against the boot.
This is a very well-known (regionally) sculpture of the resurrection. Not to offend, but what’s with the locks?! I mean, “insert Houdini joke,” but Mikey couldn’t stop laughing once he saw them. #foolmeonce
It’s also known for its cheese – San Simon to be precise. Ivory in color and always shaped into a teardrop, this soft-ish cheese is really amazing. Mikey bought a smaller one and will probably still be working on it for a couple of days. Yum.
If not already, the town should be known for its pinchos. Mikey quickly learned that every time one orders a drink, he is offered a small snack. Given that a glass of wine was about $1, the night consisted of:
“Would you care for some mussels?”
“Tortilla de patata?”
“If you insist.”
“I love you!”
5€ for 5 wines and 5 different snacks? Mikey had quite the progressive dinner and slept very well, indeed. Buenas noches.