Day 37 Portmarin – Palas del Rei

I woke up and checked that Randy was still alive (sometimes it’s hard to tell.. even if he’s awake). After poking him with a walking pole and getting the usual pleasant response I realised all was good and we got ready and went for coffee. Randy was having a rest day so we said our goodbyes (many tears were shed) and Ama and I hit the trail.

Another misty start found us climbing for around 9km to the highest point of the day. Although it was mostly uphill the gradient wasn’t too severe and it was mostly a comfortable slope.

I was considering a half day, 15 or so km would be fine and same tomorrow would give Randy a chance to catch up so that we could hit Santiago together. However due to the massive influx of walkers since Sarria and the lack of room in the small albergues along the way we ended up doing a full stage of around 24km (I think?)

2km short of our destination and the weather began to change. Earlier in the day the mist had burnt off and the day had been warm and sunny. However with under an hour to go until we reached our destination the dark clouds rolled in over the surrounding hilltops and rumbles of thunder echoed in the distance.

Ama and I upped our pace and were less than a km from Palas del Rei when the rain started. We had seen this last night.. Thunder, a few dark clouds and then a downpour of biblical proportions, and it looked as though we were going to be caught in this storm which would no doubt soak us and our gear before we could get to safety.

Amazingly we the rain held off, In front of us the sky was black, lightening flashed across the darkened sky and we were walking straight toward it but we were somehow avoiding the deluge.

We nearly jogged the last few hundred metres into town and found an albergue with beds to spare… Within 10 minutes we were sat at a bar with a drink and we watched as the heavens opened and drenched those who were less fortunate than ourselves. Other pilgrims who had been behind us had been caught by the storm and were coming into the town soaked from head to toe.. with my compassionate soul I decided better them than me and took a selfie with Ama to celebrate our dryness.

So tomorrow is definitely a half day seeing as I did a full stage today.. I assume Randy is fully rested and is chomping at the bit to get moving so he’ll hopefully catch me in no time.

Under 70km to Santiago.. it feels both weird and sad just saying it out loud..

Until tomorrow !!


10 thoughts on “Day 37 Portmarin – Palas del Rei

  1. “Weird and sad”

    Those of us who have walked understand 😊buen camino

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  2. Love your work Andy and will be just as sorry as you to see the end of your Camino journey. I do hope you have a couple of follow up posts once you return to the UK to give us your post Camino thoughts.
    Thanks for letting me re live my 2016 Camino through your posts.
    Buen Camino!

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  3. I love reading these! You really transport us there…i don’t want you to finish either!

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  4. You’ve written easily one of my favorite Camino blogs, Andy! Hope you have a dry day tomorrow!

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  5. Que guapo!!!! Buen camino andy… i will miss your blogs

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  6. Nathan Bissonette May 25, 2018 — 2:23 pm

    this is bizarre. I walked that route yesterday, but you have photos of things I swear I never saw. Must have been looking for Stones, trip hazards, pitfalls, slippery spots, and those giant snails. Just so you know, I’m shamelessly stealing your photos.

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    1. Stealing is completely acceptable. I am going to put all my photos up for sharing (when I learn how) and will put a link on here


      1. Nathan Bissonette May 25, 2018 — 2:38 pm

        Thanks! If you and Ama are still playing band names, next time you get an S, give her Stix. That’s a point for sure.

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  7. Dreading getting to Sarria. Imabout4 days behind you.

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    1. Adopt a zen attitude and practice a few kung-fu moves.. all will be well 🙂


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