Distance Today: 30.1 km
Total Distance from Oviedo: 269.5 km (All Trails)
Elevation Gain: 820 metres
Weather: Sunny; cool AM and warm PM
We followed the bronze shells through the Plaza Mayor, past the cathedral, and through the Puerta de Santiago to the outside of the Roman walls of Lugo and then promptly got lost. Directions from some locals helped us find our way to the Camino and finally we were on our way.
We walked on peaceful, paved roads for a little more than 13 km before the Camino led us onto generally flat, tree lined trails at first and then over hills and dales, through little villages, etc. Kilometres piled up quickly and we ended up with the grand total of 30.1 km for the day – the most on this Camino. I was surprised the elevation gain was as much as 820 metres!
The countdown has begun! We start recording our kilometres on the All Trails app when we leave our accommodation in the morning and stop the recording when we arrive at our next accommodation.
What a wonderful albergue we are staying at in Ferreira! We have a private room at no extra cost because it isn’t an “official” private room. It has a bunk bed as well as two single beds all to ourselves and the window overlooks the dining room. The total cost for accommodation, dinner, and breakfast at the Albergue Ponte Ferreira is 25 Euros each.
There was a delicious vegetarian communal dinner where we met fellow pilgrims from Holland, Colombia, Scotland, Spain, etc. The hospitaleros are from Holland and are dedicated to The Way. They follow the tradition of having everyone introduce themselves and give a name to their Camino – one word only. (This was done on the first day of my Camino Frances also.)
Dave named his Camino “Educational” and I named mine “Freedom.” It represents freedom from the mundane chores of everyday life, of course, but also freedom from planning and from knowing anything about the day: who you are going to meet; where you are going to sleep; what you are going to see; what is around the next corner. It truly is an adventure!