Day 36: Melide to Tunel

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As each footstep moves us closer to Santiago we are noticing less farms and more improved homes for those commuting or as getaway locations from the big city.  Some of the new homeowners have completely restored old farms and they look absolutely fantastic.  We saw this lemon tree today in a yard.  Lots of smaller palm trees too.  What can’t they grow here?

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We have also noted two types of pilgrims.  Those “experienced pilgrims” who have some serious miles under foot and the “newbies” who are limping along on their third day.  The experienced hikers will always seek soft ground to hike upon. The newbies always hike on the road or sidewalk when available.  The seasoned pilgrims will wait until it starts raining seriously before suiting up in rainwear. The rookies putting it on when it mists and take it off on the next steep climb.  It keeps us entertained along the way.  Another thing we have noticed is that most of the seasoned pilgrims are winding down a few notches as we get closer to Santiago.  Not wanting such an unbelievable experience to end, having to say goodbye soon to new friends, or simply exhaustion…maybe a little of each. The next three photos represent what our daily late morning rest stops look like.

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Boots come off to air out and cool off, outer socks come off to dry and toes are wiggled. We have taken especially good care of our feet and boy has it paid off.  Sandy had just two tiny blisters on week one which were gone in three days and I have thankfully been blister free.  Just watching some of the terribly bad foot conditions of our fellow peregrinos keeps us vigilantly aware of our own feet.   

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I was ready for a nap. Quite unusual for me.  Perhaps I am becoming acclimated to the siesta lifestyle???

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Today was an absolutely beautiful day. Temperatures in the high 60’s and nearly cloudless skies.  This was the first time I could wear just my short sleeved shirt since the Meseta on day 18. That would be 18 days ago!

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We hiked for 14 km (until 1300) and had lunch in Arzua.  We skipped dinner last night and we were a bit hungry. Peregrinos menu to the rescue.  First course stuffed spanish peppers, second course traditional Galician paella (complete with octopus, squid, clams, and something red and squishy.)

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Today was our short day as we line up Santiago for a Sunday afternoon arrival. We stopped just before the village of Tunel at a 2 star hotel along the original way. It is our first hotel stay along the camino.  It is a nice treat to have full services.  We dropped off our stinky clothes to have them washed and dried.  Obviously we are now on the Camino’s luxury track as we wind down.

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Today we hiked 15.1 km (9.4 miles) and are now on track for two days of 18 km to reach Santiago.

36 km to Santiago….Buen Camino!

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3 responses to “Day 36: Melide to Tunel

  1. Hi
    If you want to splurge a bit, in Santiago take a look at Hotel Compostela,
    It is conveniently located close to the old town and just a 5 minute walk to the train station.
    In Madrid we stayed at the hotel Europa off the puerta del sol. Great location.
    Buen camino
    Barry

    • Thanks Barry. We made reservations at a hotel in Santiago which we previously shipped our Italy/France box. They offered a 20% discount for staying there. We will take you advice re: Madrid.

      • Yesterday almost 700 pilgrims received their Compostela. The office in Santiago is open until 9pm so you can get that on Sunday when you arrive or early on Monday , opens at 9, a few hours before the pilgrims mass at noon. Try to get to the cathedral a bit early to get a seat that you want.
        If you stay at the hotel Europa try to get a balcony room facing the puerto del sol. It is nonstop 24 hr entertainment and the soundproofing really works.
        Buen camino

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