I haven’t had an appetite since last Friday when I started to get sick but I knew I needed to eat now that I was walking again so I tried to have some dinner last night… And then I was up all night with the lingering “issue!” When my alarm went off at 7:30am, it felt like I had only just gone to sleep so I decided to try to sleep some more… And hoped and prayed that I would be able to walk and not have to stay in Melide another night (nothing against Melide, I just want to get to Santiago!)
I asked the receptionist at the hotel if he knew of any hostels/pensions approx 25km from Melide (there wasn’t anything in my guide and I still need a private room unfortunately) and he mentioned the Pousada Salcede. Perfect. I rang and made a reservation but told them I would be quite late because after trying to rest in the morning, I didn’t leave Melide until midday… In the rain!
I knew it was forecast to rain, it’s forecast to rain every day for the next week! In fact, everyday except one since I crossed the border into Galicia it has rained… I wonder if Galicia gets more rain than the UK and Vancouver??
I had memorised where every bar (read toilet!) was between Melide and Salcede and was asking myself what I had done to make Santiago angry enough to turn this into such a challenging walk for me? The beginning with the mountains was the tough part, this was supposed to be a walk in the park into Santiago… Not taking up precious memory space memorizing the exact location of toilets along a 27km trail!
Someone has written “You shall not pass” and this is kind of how I’m feeling!
Today was again through beautiful forest, interspersed with a small amount of road walking. I would have loved to have taken dozens of photos but the rain only relented for 5 minutes during the course of the whole day… So I don’t have many to show… It was also much busier with pilgrims now that I’ve joined the Camino Frances. I probably passed at least 40 people, each time with a chorus of, “Hola, buen camino.”
I arrived at Pousada Salceda around 6:15pm and had a lovely warm welcome. There was no need to get out my i.d or pilgrim passport straight away, instead I was told to go and relax and have a nice warm shower and come down for dinner whenever I was ready 🙂 The room is modern and lovely, it’s a converted old stone building and very tastefully done. I would never have stayed here had I not been still feeling unwell and wanting a private room, so there’s a silver lining… This place is a gem! There’s also a private Albergue attached and when I went across to the restaurant for dinner it was full with pilgrims talking about their last night on the camino before reaching Santiago… We’re about 27km away…
Strength to your elbow for the last push.
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Thanks Tim 🙂
I seem to remember seeing that sign.
Just one more day, you can do it! It’ll be so worth it when you reach the cathedral, but I do hope you are feeling better for the last push.
That’s a beautiful place to stay. Might have to remember that! 😉
I hope your last day is (has been) fabulous. What a shame about the weather, I like walking in the rain, but not every day. Hope you are managing to dry everything off overnight!
I think I’m 8km away from Santiago… It’s been raining very heavy all day and I’m drenched! My clothes didn’t dry last night so I’m carrying wet gear and will have quite a bit of washing and drying to do when I arrive!
I am really feeling for you – I know exactly what that feels like. I am wishing that some sunshine falls on you as you arrive.
Looks to be an amazing hotel and fantastic value.