A lot of pilgrims use Sarria as their start point because to receive a Compostela you have to walk at least the last 100km, or cycle the last 200km and this is a convenient location.
Our goal today for day #9 is Portomarin which should be about a 25 kilometers walk. Pilgrim traffic increases tremendously as we leave Sarria.
Today’s section is along small country roads and paths.
This is not a fashion statement – I am a walking clothesline drying laundry from yesterday. Whatever works.
A long walk for these doggies.
Above is the very same spot that was flooded with rushing water in March of 2013.
The blue line shows where the water was March 2013 when the Spanish Angels helped us across. It just covered the wall of rocks.
Behind this local woman we see a horreo which is used to store grain off the ground away from rats, mice and moisture.
The narrow sections of the trail are packed with school groups, moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, babies, dogs, bikes, strollers, as well as the typical backpackers. Many are day packers and have very little gear to carry. I am beginning to feel like a martyr as I haul my backpack down the path. I must be burning more calories than they are, so there!
100 kilometer marker. Yes, we can do this!