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Camino de Santiago, Day 39: Alto do Poio to Triacastela

Camino de Santiago

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Took it easy today and only walked 12 kilometers (about 7.5 miles) mostly downhill.  It was hard to leave the warmth of the alburgue in Alto do Poio because the it was cold and foggy outside.  I walked through clouds nearly the whole way to Triacastela.

For once I arrived in a town early and even though there were 200 beds available the town was nearly full by 2 pm.  I got Jamie a bed and even though we had not been in communication I had a feeling he would arrive here.

I took a nap then suddenly woke up and walked about three blocks to the entrance of town. There I ran into Paul from Perth and he told me that Jamie had walked past and gone to the albergue across the street less than 5 minutes before.  Camino intuition is amazing.

I found Jamie and we went back to the albergue where I had reserved a bed for him.  We then went out to eat and drink and met up with Paul.  He and Jane from England (who met the love of her life on the Camino a few weeks ago in an American from Iowa!) invited us for salad ( I haven’t had a salad in two months!) at her albergue.  Paul brought two bottles of local wine.  Needless to say, we all got to know each other and realized all the Camino friends we had in common!  A week ago, Jane had heard of a couple leaving an albergue in Villadangos at 11 pm and sleeping in a field!  That’s us!  Stories travel on the Camino.

We shared many pilgrim tales and also the frustrations that are common to all of us.  Lots of laughing.  A great night with a megadose of genuine human interaction and good feelings.

Photos of the Walk from Alto do Poio to Triacastela:



  1. I haven’t mentioned it lately but your photos are still great. I love the wagon wheel especially.

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