June 14, 2015, Portomarin
This morning I passed the “official” 100 Km marker. In this stretch there are markers every ½ Km so your really see your progress. I pass one about every 5 to 10 minutes. The path today was through mostly woods of oak and chestnut. There is one rather old tree that provided a photo opportunity. When I got to the top of one of the hills I did get a good view of the morning mist in the valley.
It’s nice that there are so many people that can use a camera phone!
The feel of the Camino changed today. Many, many pilgrims join the Camino in Sarria. There are groups being dropped off in busses and there is a bit of a party atmosphere among groups of 6 to 10 people. There are many rest stops and they are all crowed with pilgrims. Previously, it was rare to see pilgrims grouped like that. Fortunately there are still moments of quiet conversation which is more the way I like the Comino. I am trying to make sure that I don’t get the mood of the workers in the vineyard who worked all day and got the same pay as those that only worked the last few hours. Rather, I need to make sure I welcome the new pilgrims to the Camino. I did that a few times today and in all cases I was treated as the “Camino Expert” (even though I’m not) so I felt good. Most get looks of astonishment when they asked where I started and I tell them. I did talk with a group of Germans who said that they take a week every year to do the last 100 Km of the Camino. That is certainly a commendable way to be a pilgrim.
Here’s a picture of Portomarin. What a nice way to end my day of walking!
Four more walking days. Only about 90 Km to go. I’m ready for it to be over and excited for the end.
By the way, the weather has been perfect for walking. Keep it up you weather prayers!