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Portomarín

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  • Day30

    Sarria to Portomarín

    May 19 in Spain

    Hello from Portomarín, Spain. I will start this entry by quoting Forrest Gump when he decided to stop running. “ I’m pretty tired, I think I will go home now....and just like that, my running days was over”. My version: “ I’m pretty tired, I think I will go home now...and just like that, my walking days are over”. So, I left Sarria at around 6:30 am and walked until 4pm. I covered 15 miles...short of the 18 miles that I needed to make reaching Santiago possible. But, throughout the day, I kept thinking about which direction I wanted to head in...keep on as is, or head to Portugal. I have experienced the Camino, the miles, the people, the good and the bad. I have seen the country..from the east to the west. I have found what I needed to find...in the end, I do not need to reach Santiago...it is about the journey and not about any reward at the end. There is a whole other European country just south of me that I have never seen....a great time to see it I think. As I sit here writing this tonight from the veranda of a pensione/albergue in Portomarín. I have a private room for $33 and am sitting on the veranda, sipping local wine at $1.50 a glass, eating local olives which are most likely free and enjoying a great view of the river. And, all the while thinking....I think I will mosey on down to Porto, Portugal tomorrow and check out the city and the beaches before I go home. Who’s the wild man now?! I am feeling like a king as I sit here. I found this place on the edge of town...I should be in the city taking photos but, I have no desire to move from this spot so I think I will order dinner and watch the sun go down right from here. That’s the thing about the Camino, one minute you are slogging through the mud or baking in the hot sun while on the trail but an hour later....you are living life. Yes, my knee hurts and my feet are sore and my clothes have a funky smell by now but hey, sitting out here...wow, I don’t really care. So, I have to plan my travel to Porto...with any luck, Iwill arrive by tomorrow evening. I will keep the blog going as Portugal, I am told is a beautiful place. Goodnight from Portomarín and as always, thank you for checking in!Read more

  • Day143

    Portomarín - July 22

    July 22 in Spain

    July 22

    We walked past the 100 kilometers to go marker today - Woohoo!!!! When we finished in Portomarín, we checked, and we only have 94.7 kilometers (58.8 miles to go).

    We had another beautiful morning/day with a lot of climbing. I think this whole last part of this journey is climbing and descending over and over. I love going up...not a big fan of the downs, especially if they are steep. One big change today was the huge increase in the number of people walking. There are many different Caminos, and they are now merging together as we get close to Santiago. Also, many people only do the last 100 kilometers in order to get the Compostela. We are fine with it, though. We have had over 400 miles without the crowds.

    We got to walk and do some cafe time with some of our favorite young women today. One is from Rochester, NY, one is from Madrid, and one is from Denmark. They met quite awhile ago on the trail and have been hiking together. We love their giggles and their laughter. They brighten our day every time we see them.

    We also saw Sasha and Vlad today. They are from Serbia originally, but live in Boston. We hadn’t seen them for awhile, so it was nice to hike with them into Portomarín, where Pakuchan, Paul, and Mirabelle were also staying 🙂. Our friend, Andy, is ahead of us now...hoping to see him in Santiago.

    At dinner tonight, we all discussed when we plan to arrive in Santiago. Most are planning on the 26th, but Alan and I plan to arrive on the 27th. We are going to do a couple of shorter/easier days during this last 58 miles. We have the time, and our bodies will appreciate it. I know I will enjoy sleeping in a bit 🙂!

    State of our Bodies After 441 miles:
    1. Alan’s ball of his foot still bothers him time to time, but so far so good 🙂
    2. My first blister healed up right away, so my left heel decided to get one. It looks like it will go away quickly, also.
    3. Today was a great day for our backs- neither of us had any tightness at all
    4. Yesterday, I thought I was much younger than 56 and did a little jogging downhill. Today, I am paying for it with a sore groin muscle. Alan says I can’t run anymore 😂😂

    Tomorrow’s destination is Palas de Rei - 15.3 miles.
    5 more days until Santiago!!!
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  • Day31

    Portomarin 24 km

    September 30, 2017 in Spain

    Ok, der Pilgertourismus hat mit verlassen von Sarria devinitiv begonnen. Die Pilgerströme scheinen den ganzen Tag nicht abzureissen, fühle mich nun mehr als Tourist statt als Pilger. Zuerst wollte ich hier schnellstens durchlaufen, werde jetzt aber eher die gemütliche Variante nehmen. Der Weg ist ist im Moment sehr schön und geht gröstenteils über alte Römerwege.

  • Day41

    Quickening...

    June 12, 2017 in Spain

    There are a couple ways to describe the days following O Cebreiro.

    One is as the guidebooks do. I'd now entered Galicia, a region in Spain's Northwest filled with small farms, large hills, and forests of pine and eucalyptus. Galicia's climate is influenced by the Atlantic, its culture by the Celts, its language (Gallego) by the Portuguese.

    It'd be no less accurate, though, to describe this stretch as something of a circus. Since anyone who walks the final 100km to Santiago qualifies for a Compostela, the number of people on the trail swells 10x practically overnight.

    The fresh enthusiasm of these new pilgrims wasn't altogether unpleasant, but it was a jarring shift from the weeks before. I often found myself feeling like a single car in a train hurtling west.

    That said, I have great memories from this time -- joining a couple from San Antonio on a roller-coaster descent from O Cebreiro via bike; three evenings with new friends from Italy; a song-filled dinner with a table of Aussies and Kiwis.

    I'm thankful too for those few hours I enjoyed relative solitude, cool mornings, and eucalyptus scents and shade. Thankful also for the challenges, and the feelings of strength and pride, as my legs and lungs chewed up hills that would have kicked my ass weeks before.

    One especially hot and long day from Melide to A Brea capped this time, and put me within striking distance of Santiago...
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  • Day17

    A pleasant day of walking today. Setting out at 7.15 this morning into the mist and drizzle not seen before. Sustained with coffee and a pano chocolate my day begins. The head torch was an essential item again, illuminating where the transiting cows had passed for milking earlier. At one point I lost the yellow arrows and camino signs, and was noisily alerted that I had gone wrong by (on first impressions) fierce dogs. The ones all pilgrims are told of and, few have ever really encountered. These two barked in unison to tell me I had gone wrong and to tell be to go back and retrace my steps. To go back and find the 'yellow arrows'. And they were right, some seventy five metres back was the junction and I re-found my way. You might enquire how I could be so sure these intelligent dogs were giving me directions? Well in the silence of morning and with previous pilgrims ahead of me, these fine beasts had been undisturbed and were therefore not required to offer advice. But, as soon as needed they sprung into GPS mode and vocalised their advice.
    Portomarin holds the distinction of being the newest oldest town along the Camino. Portomarin of old was settled in the valley below. Portomarin today is essentially newly constructed, with some buildings (and the church) having been relocated stone by stone. Inspection of the fortress Iglesia de San Juan indicates that the stones were numbered to prevent head scratching later. Or was this an early version of Lego? The Iglesia de San Juan is the largest single nave Romanesque church in Galicia.
    The Rio Mino was dammed in 1956, forming the Embalse de Belasar which sits beneath the bridge.
    Portomarin gets its name from 'Porto' or river crossing, and 'marin', a reference to the Sanctuary of St. Marina that was located here in the Middle Ages. It enjoyed its peak of prosperity in the 15th and 16th centuries when several of the Catholic Monarchs slept here. The nearby capital of Lugo, also a Roman settlement, grew at a faster pace and Portomarin was quickly forgotten. As recently as 1919 the town was still not connected by a single road that could accommodate wheeled traffic. That has changed, and the prosperity of the town can now be attributed to the reservoir and the Camino.
    Having just eaten at the restaurant Perez, I can say this was on of my favourite meals. While chips or fries are a core part of the 'Pilgrims Menu' the braised veal was delicious. I can go to mass to tonight fed, and refreshed. X
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  • Day10

    Etappenziel erreicht: Portomarín. Doch der Weg dahin führte durch wunderschöne Landschaften mit viel Regen. Häufiger wird das Wandern zu einem Seiltanz von Stein zu Stein, da die Wege sehr matschig sind. Die größte Herausforderung: trockene Füße behalten. Oftmals denkt man, man sei vom Weg abgekommen und in einem Flussbett gelandet. Auch wenn es sicher nicht mehr grazil ist, nach vielen Kilometern von Stein zu Stein zu springen, macht es dennoch Spaß und alle haben gute Laune. Denn auf dem Weg nach Portomarín erreiche ich auch den Stein, der die restlichen 100 km anzeigt. Nicht mehr weit :) und am Ende schaut sogar die Sonne raus.

    Portomarín ist ein Ort und ein Municipio in der Provinz Lugo der Autonomen Gemeinschaft Galicien (Spanien). Bei der Anlage des Belesar-Stausees wurde der Ortskern am Hang höher neu angelegt, neben der Kirche San Nicolas (Ortsmitte) wurden ein alter Brückenbogen und die Portalfront der Kapelle San Pedro abgetragen und am neuen Standort wieder aufgebaut.

    Distanz: 24,21 km
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  • Day28

    Day 27: Sarria - Vilachá

    August 31, 2016 in Spain

    Although all of the maps, signposts, apps, and online info seem to disagree with one another, we're pretty sure there's less than 100km to santiago (Relieved when I remembered the Spanish use commas instead of points in their numbers, that's 100.00km, not 100,000km!). Celebratory ice creams marked the milestone

  • Day31

    Portomarín

    July 19, 2015 in Spain

    Härbärget är klart. 160 bäddar i ett enda stort rum. Fullt. Tur att vi bokat tidigare idag. Vi börjar närma oss Santiago de Compostela. Bra vandring idag. Mycket lövskog med fina stengärden vid sidorna. Små pitoreska nyar här och var. Bara 21 km. Skönt för ben och fötter. Nu har vi vandrat över 700 km. Santiago, here we come. Molnigt nästan hela dagen. Det är första gången. Kanske för att vi närmar oss kusten.Read more

  • Day31

    Portomarín

    July 19, 2015 in Spain

    Lite bilder från dagens vandring. Tre präster har vi träffat på under vandringen. Här är den senaste. Ibland får vi sällskap av kor. Idag stod det en säckpipeblåsare längs stigen.
    Fler kyrkor och statyer samt en bild från bron in till Portomarín som visar på anstormningen av pilgrimer.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Portomarín, Portomarin, Puertomarín, ポルトマリン, Пуэртомарин, Портомарін, 波尔托马林

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