Day 49 (October 28, 2015) – 11.4 km., O Pedrouzo to Villamaior

This is another one of those days that can be called a “prelude to tomorrow.” Tomorrow we will walk to Santiago de Compostela. Between here (Villamaior) and Santiago, there is a long slog up to Monte Gozo before coming down into Santiago just 8.7 km away.

There was no sunshine, periodic rain, and muddy paths. Are we being weaned off of the Camino? There are many other things we would have preferred to do other than walking in the rain and trying unsuccessfully to avoid the mud while carrying all our belongings in backpacks that sometimes feel like too much of a burden. Warm sandy beaches,  blue skies, flip-flops are starting to sound awfully good!

Enough with all the whining! Now that we are looking at the pictures, it doesn’t look like such a bad day after all. At least it was a short one. The walk took us through a dense eucalyptus forest, the village of San Anton, into a river valley, and around the airport. It wasn’t long before we arrived at Lavacolla where medieval pilgrims came to wash and purify themselves before entering the city. Just 1.4 km further on we arrived at Casa de Amancio in Villamaior where we will stay the night.

O Pedrouzo to Villamaior

O Pedrouzo to Villamaior

O Pedrouzo to Villamaior

O Pedrouzo to Villamaior

Here is some interesting trivia! We’ve passed many distinctive man-made structures here in Galicia and wondered what they are. We found out today that they are “horreos,” used to protectively hold and ripen all forms of grain and farm produce. Sweet corn was the most common crop to be stored in them, but they will take just about anything.

They range in size from as little as one metre to in excess of ten metres in length. Some are even two stories in height. Traditionally they are made of granite, elevated on legs with rodent proof soffits, and timber or granite side panels. The roof is usually tiled and there is a small cross at one or both ends. Access is gained by either, swing doors at the narrow ends, or the removal of the wooden side panels.

The horreos are no longer practical storage units and are not constructed for farming use anymore. That said, they remain as popular as ever and the bonus of having one in a plot of land, associated with a property, is seen as highly desirable. Many property owners will also pay to have an old horreos “made good” or a new one constructed, purely for show.

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P.S. To view the video/slideshow for this day, copy and paste this link into your browser: https://youtu.be/d1UgF53SkD8

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10 Responses to Day 49 (October 28, 2015) – 11.4 km., O Pedrouzo to Villamaior

  1. Lois Brown says:

    It has been wonderful walking alongside you. There are many of us who will miss your daily writings and photos. Take good care as you complete this journey. Hugs to you both from the wet west coast.

  2. Cuzzie Di says:

    Thank you for taking me on your fabulous voyage. I will miss your writings and photos. Best regards from NZ where it is trying to be summer.

  3. NORMAN HASLETT says:

    Dear Dave and Judy,

    We are in awe of your achievement. Your hearts will soar tomorrow at the first glimpse of Santiago de Compostela! May it be a lovely, sunny day.

    Remember, bro Dave, on your knees up those steps!

    Love, Norm and Laurel

  4. Marjorie Law says:

    Very excited for you. Be safe, be happy. M

  5. bonnie says:

    Congratulations on a fabulous blog and an extraordinary journey.
    Sooooo delighted for you. Sending blessings for your final steps to the
    Compostela.
    Love B

  6. Delores Savage says:

    Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment, we have thoroughly enjoyed following along with you. May you enjoy blue skies and warm sun for the final leg into Santiago!

    Delores

  7. Ian Duff says:

    Amazing accomplishment! Are you going to do it again next year?

  8. Cathy Weston says:

    Congratulations on your amazing achievement, Judy and Dave, and thank you for sharing it all so beautifully. Your words and pictures have inspired so many! Savour the end of your pilgrimage and the feelings of accomplishment upon realizing your dream.

    Cheers to you both,

    Cathy and Peter

  9. Shirley and Ron O'Brien says:

    Way to go Judy and Dave. What am I going to read now? We hope the journey met all of your expectations and more. Judging by your writing and your pictures there seems to be little doubt. Can hardly wait to see you and here about the ending and the after thoughts and emotions. Time to digest it all before looking down the road to the next adventure.
    love,
    Shirley and Ron

  10. Judy says:

    Thank you everyone for coming along with us on this journey of a lifetime and for your encouraging words. We are so glad you enjoyed it as we did.

    🙂 🙂

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