Rain to Sarria

Camino: Day 23 – Thursday April 30, 2009
Triacastela to Sarria ( Walk – 27km)

The rain in Spain falls mainly in Gallicia. It is the state through which the last 150 km of the Camino passes. It can rain for weeks apparently and today the rain came in a slow drizzle which let up a little but stayed around pretty much all day.  Even though it was raining, it was not cold at all and was quite pleasant walking. I chose the walk to Sarria through Samos partly to see the Benedictine monastery there and partly to avoid walking along the highway. The monastery is huge and quite well preserved and the town would be nice to visit by car. The walking today was almost entirely through lush green countryside. The wet climate is evident by the ferns growing all along the path.

I got chased by a sheep dog who did not like me getting to close to his sheep and the baby goats.  There is 112 km to to Santiago and this afternoon I was getting excited by the prospect of maybe another 3-4 days walking and I will be in finished. As I was heading out for a walk after dinner I slipped on the stairs and twisted my ankle. I could not believe that I could be so close and yet may not be able to finish. I got the ankle taped and took Voltaren and laughed at the absurdity of it all.