Stalked by a Familiar



Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Portomarin to Palas de Rei
Day 43

Today is July 13. My brother, named but never called James, will be celebrating his birthday back home.

This was another hard day of walking—twenty-three kilometers! The day was quite cool, and there was shade along the way. Still, the path was up and down, up and down, which is hard for a flatlander like me.

I finally arrived at Palas de Rei around 6:00 pm, totally knackered, my feet hurting. I wasn’t sure I could even walk another step in order to go to dinner, but at 9:40 pm I finally levered myself up off the bed and we walked several blocks from the hotel to the restaurant. Outside, besides being cool there was a strong wind. We are still at a high elevation. I broke out my jacket for the first time in many days and was glad to have it.

We just made it to the restaurant before closing time. We had to rush in to place an order before the place’s announced 10:00 pm closing time. We had a very nice waiter who obviously saw that we were all done in. He gave us a couple of free soft drinks after he saw how thirsty we were, and then hot chocolate after the meal.

On the way back to the hotel, a Siamese cat followed us for blocks. James, as he had many times on the Camino, again wished we had a pet waiting for us back home. (Our last cat had died and not been replaced.)

49,723 steps today

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Author: Camino for Boomers

I am the owner and editor of Bayou City Press in Houston, Texas. As a Foreign Service Officer, I lived and traveled all over the world for 33 years. My new book is "Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It's the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike."

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