We have been removing the pages from our camino guide book every day. The day’s pages go in a cargo pants pocket to alleviate having to pull out the book at every decision point. At days end the pages are discarded. So, this is what the book looks like this morning, with just a little over 100 km from Santiago. It is getting pretty thin!
We are using today as a rest day from hiking and a day to get some other things accomplished. We therefore did not hit the trail until about 0815 and took the leisurely 5.5 km (3.2 mile) stroll mostly downhill to Sarria.
Although short, the route was still very picturesque.
A neat little grove of trees which the camino winds its way through.
The scallop shell is a prominent part of the city’s official crest.
The monastery is the most visited location in the city. It is located at the city’s high point. We walked up the hill and had their stamp placed on our camino passport.
The interior veranda has a beautifully patterened stone floor.
The monastery’s courtyard complete with a water well
Young children were on a field trip there. They obviously have been studying the Camino de Santiago as all had staffs, scallop shells and little backpacks. When they saw us a few of them pointed and said, “Peregrinos!”
We also took the down time to take care of a few things. I got a haircut and noted a lot more use of the scissors and straight razor than an American barbershop. We also went to a super mercado and bought some Scotch Guard for our boots and jackets. We also got our clothes washed in a real washer machine. All things we have been wanting to do for several days.
We wandered through the town and found an Italian restaurant for lunch where we shared a ensalada mixta and a pizza. The cerveza was mine but looked too good not to photograph before drinking.
Tomorrow we begin our final week on the way.