Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Via de la Plata - Day 43:  Silleda to Ponte Ulla (21.9km on 5/31/17)

Up and out of albergue after breakfast by 6:15am.  Another nice morning for walking - I saw a meteor in the east before sunrise.  We mostly walked along one lane farm tracks or asphalt lanes and often through wooded areas.  At the half-way point we stopped for second breakfast in Bandeira and then continued on to reach Ponte Ulla just before noon.  Pension Juanito is small and nice - above a bar.  Ponte Ulla is a small village next to the bridge across the Ulla river.  Within a short distance are 4 bridges:  National highway (N-525), old road bridge into the village, AVE high speed railway, old single track rail bridge.  Each of them was probably a feat of engineering in their time.  There’s not too much to do in the village but we enjoyed sitting outside and drinking beer.  

Ponte Ulla is only about 20km from Santiago and everyone is excited about the end to their caminos!

Off we go - most of today was walkinng on one lane gravel or asphalt roads

Morning fog and the countryside

12th century church in a village

AVE high speed train bridge across the Ulla river

Picture of Ulla river bridge in foreground and AVE rail bridge in background.  Ponte Ulla village is on left bank

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