Monday, May 29, 2017

Via de la Plata - Day 42:  Castro Dozon to Silleda (29km on 5/30/17)

we were up at our usual 5:30am, grabbed our gear from the dormitory and prepared breakfast downstairs in the kitchen area.  We were on the road a bit before 6:30am.  The first hour was on or nearby the N-525 highway and the rest of the day was mostly on country lanes - some asphalt but most were dirt/gravel tracks and some were “paved” with large flat stones.  The fog over the countryside was quite picturesque.  After 12km we had second breakfast of tortilla Frances (omelette) and cafe con leche.  After about 20km we passed through Laxe and continued on another 9km to Silleda.  The weather was not too hot but we were glad that much of the later miles were on well shaded lanes.  Silleda is a small city (as compared to a village) and we settled into the Albergue Turistico Silleda.  It’s on the 4th floor of an apartment building, conveniently above a bar.  Rooms had two or three single beds and shared a bath.  Cost for pilgrims was 9 euros.  The view of the countryside was quite pleasant.  After the usual shower, etc. we had a menu del dia in the bar and then relaxed.  Late afternoon we wandered the town, shopped for breakfast and enjoyed the central city square.

Galician countryside in the morning fog

We walked near or along the N-525 highway for part of the morning

Countryside in the morning

Tunnel underneath old rail line

Beautiful "gardens"

Typical trail for day's walk

Glenn chatting with other pilgrim in front of bar in a small village

Galician countryside

View from our 4th floor albergue room in Silleda 

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