We left Sarria very early this morning. The German couple in our room were still sleeping. They obviously needed the rest. The streets were still, dark and the air foggy. The day began with a mysterious feel. We headed down the road confidently, only to find pilgrims going in the opposite direction. So we checked our map – and turned around. Later we met other pilgrims moving through the darkness and fog with their head lamps shining in our eyes. “Are we going the right way” they asked, “No, you need to turn around,” we replied piously. It is good to learn a lesson you can pass on to others. We walked through little farm hamlets made up of stone buildings. Farmers were milking. Overall, the morning stillness was breath taking. At one stop we read Psalm 84 and a passage where Jesus calls Andrew and Peter. We prayed and moved on. It was too cold to stay. We needed to move.
The countryside although shrouded in fog was green and pretty. When sun came out it transformed the place. It feels alive and exciting. It is fascinating walking with a group of people in one direction. All heading for the same destination
Now we are in Portomarin. Our accommodation is an Alburgue. The dorm has about 30 young Spanish people and us. Tonight should be interesting. The picture below is of a little chapel in Portomarin.
Sounds like a wonderful start Pieter, I’m sure you’ll be meeting lots of people along the way… ~25kms is a reasonable effort for the first day. You’ll be done in no time!