Today we entered the region of Spain called Galacia. It is a unique area of Spain that has a Celtic hertiage. It has weather and terrain similar to the Pacific Northwest.
We walked up several thousand feet of elevation to get to the famous city of O’Cebreiro. The city has a long history of supporting the Camino pilgrims. The first pilgrim hostel opened here in 836! One of the more interesting historical facts is that the revival of The Camino to the heights of popularity it now enjoys comes from this little village as well. In the 1970’s the parish priest, Elias Valina Sampedro, published a guide for pilgrims in 1971 and he “way marked” the entire Camino Frances in 1982 with the now familiar yellow arrows, with paint he scrounged off the local authority’s road maintenance department (or so the legend goes).
It was a long and very rainy walk up to this little village but we both enjoyed it so much because it did remind us of hiking in the Northwest. Beautiful forest walk (Chesnut and Oak trees) in a gorgeous valley leading up to the top of a ridge where the village is located. We both were anticipating the hot bowl of Galacian soup we knew was awaiting us. It is a soup made with a local cabbage (it looks similar to Kale) and potatoes. It was just what we needed as we were both very wet and tired!
We are now roughly one week from finishing the Camino after having walked now for nearly one month! Terri is nursing along a very sore ankle right now and we are managing and monitoring her health closely. She is going to taxi to the next town tomorrow to give herself a day of rest and avoid walking down off this mountain ridge.
We have so many wonderful memories to share with you all when we return!
John and Terri