Some unfortunate pilgrim has taken an alternate route.
Hard working folks.
We finally arrive at our destination today, Portomarin. In the 1960s the Mino River was dammed to create the Belesar Reservoir, putting the old village of Portomarín under water.
In March of 2013 we crossed this bridge while strong, cold wind gusts pushed us around making it hard to balance. Today we have no wind and pleasant temps.
We soon will tackle the 52 steps that will get us into the arch of the ancient Roman bridge, the entrance of the city. These steps are challenging after a tiring day of walking with a backpack on. We do muster up enough energy to smile for the photo.
Indiana Joan is especially elated to reach the top.
The most historic buildings of the town were moved brick by brick and reconstructed in the new town, including its castle-style main church: Church of San Juan of Portomarín. This is an unusual late Romanesque temple as it is designed to be both a church and a castle and so has architectural characteristics of both buildings. The church was relocated to its current position from the valley in the 1960s when the river was flooded to form a reservoir. ~Wikipedia
Albergue Ferramenteiro has 130 beds and 5 have our names on them! Hooray!
Nice laundry facilities in our albergue so many pilgrims decide to clean up, including us.
The albergue is filled to capacity tonight so we’ll be joined by many other pilgrims as we slumber.
Ah-h-h-h… home, sweet, home.