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…