Day 34: May 28, 2016

Destination: Sarria

Distance/Time: 0 km

Total distance to date: 614 km (+12k taxi, 14k bus, 15k bus, 20k taxi = 673km)

Erik was coughing when we went to bed and he continued to cough for several hours, despite taking his antibiotics and cough medicine. He woke up in the morning feeling pretty rough after only 4 hours sleep.

We dressed and went out for coffee and pastry and considered our options. As we walked back to the hotel, he had no energy at all and was very worried that if he walked today, he might not be able to recover in time for tomorrow.

To receive your Compostela, it’s important to walk the entire distance from Sarria to Santiago, so today was his last chance to have a rest. Since the only bus to a Sarria had already left, our only option was to consider a taxi for all or part of the distance.

Back at the room we took it easy for an hour and then decided that we would walk the 10k to Samos and then re evaluate. If Erik felt the same or worse, we would call a taxi for the rest of the distance.

No sooner had we made the decision when it started to pour rain and the wind was blowing sideways. We waited for awhile but it looked pretty socked in and the forecast was for rain and thundershowers all day.

Eventually we decided it would do him no good to walk 10-25 km in the cold and rain when he was feeling so poorly so we stayed in our room at the Pension until 11am checkout time and then asked one of the girls to call us a taxi.

We arrived in Sarria around noon (25€ for 30 min taxi ride ) and found a coffee shop where we could eat and rest until we could check into our pension at 1pm.

We are now relaxing in our room and Erik is feeling a little better. He hasn’t coughed for most of the morning and we are trying to figure out what might have caused this suddenly coughing relapse after he had been feeling so well.

I am wondering if it was a reaction to the spicy paprika on the Pulpo we ate last night and it irritated his throat? Who knows. I suggested we go to the medical clinic while we are here but he feels it isn’t necessary. I think that he’s probably feeling poorly more because of lack of sleep than from a relapse of his cold so hopefully he will be back to his old self by tomorrow.

So, we will take it easy all afternoon and Erik will have a long nap. We are determined to walk the rest of the way starting tomorrow, come hell or high water.

Some days on the Camino are like that and we knew that before we started. There’s nothing you can do about it but make the best decision you can at the time. So far we’ve trusted our judgement and it’s done us well. I have no reason to believe that we will have any trouble finishing our walk over the next 5 days. 🙂

I only have a couple of photos for today, my friends, none of which are very exciting

Evening Update

We went out for dinner tonight at Matias Locanda Italiano and had a great Italian meal. Erik had lasagna and I had gnocchi. It makes me look forward to Italy in a week!

While we were walking to the restaurant, we passed a bunch of people creating a floral carpet down the street.  They were using bags and bags of flower petals and leaves all sorts of colours to make the patterns.

Apparently tomorrow is the Corpus Christi celebration and there will be a parade to the church. Some towns in Spain, go the extra mile by creating these amazing patterns.

Everyone was involved in helping – the young and the old. It was very cool to watch. Here are a few pictures of their work. I’ll post the finished pics tomorrow morning.



I’ve never uploaded a video to my blog before so I’m not sure if this will work.

3 thoughts on “Day 34: May 28, 2016

  1. Josie Fiorica

    Barb and Eric,
    I send healing wishes your way. Hoping you are sustaining your health for tomorrow. Rest up.
    So incredibly proud of you both.

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