Day 26, A Struggle

And another one

And another one

A crypt,

A crypt,

Al had the camera most of the day

Al had the camera most of the day

Coming into a village

Coming into a village

Bridge into Portomarin, I walked across this, hanging onto to Al the whole time.

Bridge into Portomarin, I walked across this, hanging onto to Al the whole time.

This is the staircase into town, and the arch, now an underpass.

This is the staircase into town, and the arch, now an underpass.

The church if San Nicolas XIIthC

The church if San Nicolas XIIthC

The church from across the river, before we enter town

The church from across the river, before we enter town

We have been seeing lots of these

We have been seeing lots of these

Well I thought I was better, could have been the 2nd pitcher of sangria but I don’t think so.
We had the worlds worst snorer in our room last night. The people in the next room even heard him, super bad. Kept me and several others in our room up half the night. Then there was the rain, felt like the epicenter was above our building, flashes of lighting and crashing thunder. On top of all that I was also feeling sick again, I actually volunteered for the top bunk, had to get up twice in the night to run to the bathroom. It’s no wonder I didn’t feel well. 
We left around 7am and I didn’t even know if I could walk today, got sick again on the trail. No food again, until later. I have no idea what’s going on, I can eat toast, no ill effects, bananas, no ill effects, nothing else. Al was great, we had a few hills, that took me forever, but mostly even terrain and road walking. We ended up going 9km before we even stopped for the first time. Some of the towns or even just the houses that we pass are putting out food, fruit and bread for pilgrims. They set out chairs and have a donation box nearby. By afternoon i felt a bit better, had some toast. The trails are crowded now, we are in the last 100kms to Santiago. As a pilgrim you have to do these last 100 to qualify for the compestela you get at the end. We have met people who only walk a chunk at a time, and now many more faces we haven’t seen before. All passing us. 
We walked through rural Galicia, which is wet and green. Lots of the paths have huge stepping stones made out of granite on the side, because they have either water or cow dung below. 
When we came upon Portomarin we had to cross over a huge new bridge over the mino basin. We roomed with a gentleman who is on his 4th Camino and told us that when he was here two years ago the older bridge was under water. The original bridge was of roman origin and the stair case we saw was part of this older bridge. Also the church was lower, it had to be moved, brick by brick to where it is now due to a dam being built.
I took two naps before Dinner time came but i decided not to risk eating, so I had a couple of cups of tea and a few bites of Al’s dinner. We will see. We were advised that from this point out we should book our nights stay a day ahead. A little more expensive, 10 euros versus the normal 5-8 but only 2 others in our room. They won’t let you book the municipal Albergues ahead, so it’s first in gets a bed. So if your a little slow, maybe you get one, maybe you don’t. We took the advise.
Tomorrow another 25kms
Until then,
Be well.

We reached the 100km left mark

We reached the 100km left mark

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