Day 39 Melide – Ribadiso

Considering the amount of people on the trail the albergue was mostly empty. I had ten bunks in my room but only 4 of the 20 beds were occupied. They had put all the young people in a different room and I appeared to be in the geriatric section (obviously a clerical error.. I don’t look a day over 25). It was probably around 2am when I woke with my head stuck to the pillow. Many of the albergues have a kind of rubbery coating to the mattress and the pillows so they give you a disposable sheet and pillowcase. My pillowcase had managed to fall off and my band head had welded to the rubber. Likewise if the sheet falls off, bare skin on a rubber mattress makes for a very uncomfortable night.

I left the albergue as late as possible, I was planning to go slow so that Randy would catch up but managed to miss the last cafe on the way out of town. The hunt for caffeine made me up my pace and I had to walk approximately 5km before I got my first coffee of the day.

I hung around nursing my coffee and watching throngs of other pilgrims come and go until the cafe owner started to give me strange looks. My welcome outstayed, I wandered on toward Ribadiso and was pleasantly surprised to be alone as the trail left the roadside and meandered through a wooded area.

As I neared my destination the sky once again clouded over with the promise of rain but at least this time there was no accompanying thunder. As so often happens on this journey I completely lucked out and avoided getting soaked as the rain didn’t materialise. And suddenly the clouds parted, a ray of sunshine broke through and there was Randy! With animal-like endurance (you choose which animal) he had caught up and we celebrated with what can only be described as a tin of spaghetti plonked on a plate and served up as home cooked fayre. Team tortoise is back together and officially on the home straight!

40km to go.. two days. I suppose I should start looking for flights. This journey is nearly over and I’m hoping that something new is waiting just around the next corner. Time will tell.

Buen Camino!


8 thoughts on “Day 39 Melide – Ribadiso

  1. Andy, this one really was a hoot! What a picture! I can hear the tearing sounds ass you extricate yourself from the pillow and mattress! And then randy caught up… and the remainder of the original team tortoise? If you can get a bed in The Last Stamp, they have a kitchen where you could produce the same gourmet supper as you describe today. They have a great kitchen, and the beds had duvets, and maybe even proper sheets… don’t remember now.Anyway, don’t sign out without telling us the next steps…thanks, your humour has served you, and your ‘followers’ very well.

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  2. mylifeonvacation May 26, 2018 — 6:24 pm

    I personally vote for you to continue walking onto Finisterre… I don’t want the blog posts to end!

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  3. Albergue Azabache (on the Camino in Santiago) was lovely for our two nights there. May want to check ahead (or The Last Stamp) as most in town were completo by noon.


  4. When I was walking my first Camino my daughter would ask me how the food and sleeping were. I would tell her that you don’t walk the Camino for the food or the sleep. This post perfectly sums up that statement.

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  5. Nathan Bissonette May 27, 2018 — 4:58 pm

    Folgers Singles are tea bags filled with instant coffee. Absolutely rancid tasting, but it’s caffeine in the morning using only the hot water from the communal sink. I recommend stealing a couple of packets of sugar from the previous day’s Cafe Con Leche.


    1. You tell me this on day 40?? Where was this advice 5 weeks ago?? 🙂

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  6. Suddenly i recognize the sympton, a bit of Andy withdrawal coming on…where is our daily post? Has Andy been assaulted by giant carrots en route to Santiago? Heading to the pub at the end of finisterre? Andy, oh Andy, the suspense is killing us. Where hath you gone?


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