Camino del Norte – Day 26 – Lourenzá to As Paredes-Castromaior, 28km

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3rd October, 2019

  • Day 26: Lourenzá to As Paredes-Castromaior
  • Distance: 28km
  • Weather: Cool and crisp
  • Accommodation: Albergue O Xistral, €12

Barbara and I leave together and although it’s light outside, the first section of trail climbs up through a dense forest and it’s so dark we have to pull out our headlamps. It’s a cold morning, in fact it’s the first time I’ve needed to wear my wind jacket. We catch up with three Canadians who we met last night. One calls me ‘geriatric’ when she learns of my age and the fact I don’t have kids. I know it’s clinically accurate, but it stings a little!

After 9km, we enter Mondoñedo and stop for a break. Here we have two options: the old route, now known as the Complementaria Route which follows a road over a mountain, or the new route, ‘La Ruta Principal’ which is shorter but steeper, with no services and more challenging. We all take the latter.

Camino waymark in Mondoñedo

Camino waymark in Mondoñedo

A local and her gorgeous goat

A local and her gorgeous goat

Old Camino waymarks?

Old Camino waymarks?

A Dahlia on the Camino del Norte

Dahlia

The climb is never-ending and it’s windy and chilly, but the views are spectacular.

I'm climbing up and up along La Ruta principal between Mondoñedo to Gontán

I’m climbing up and up along La Ruta principal between Mondoñedo to Gontán

Almost on top with the windmills and crocuses

Almost on top with the windmills and crocuses

I'm on top!

I’m on top!

It's cold and windy (that would be why there's so many windmills up here!)

It’s cold and windy (that would be why there’s so many windmills up here!)

Rolling hills on the Camino del Norte

Rolling hills

Barbara on La Ruta Principal between Mondoñedo and Gontán, this is a beautiful section of the Camino

Barbara on La Ruta Principal between Mondoñedo and Gontán, this is a beautiful section of the Camino

Eucalyptus forest

Eucalyptus forest

A camino waymark in Abadín

A camino waymark in Abadín

Barbara and I arrive together at the albergue, just as it starts to rain. There’s a pool in the garden and Philipp is about to dive in; impressive considering how cold it is. The albergue is beautifully furnished and warm. There’s a fridge full of drinks and snacks and an honesty box system. Daniele from Italy is here (the man in the white shirt in the photo below) and we hug each other; the baguette sealed our friendship long ago 😉 We’ve been in the same accommodation quite a few times recently but I never see him during the day.

Dinner is a communal affair; chickpea soup then tortilla and salad. I meet two German girls and two Spanish men who are cycling, as well as James from the UK. The only person missing is Sigrid, why aren’t you here?!

Enjoying the communal dinner at Albergue O Xistral in As Paredes-Castromaior

Enjoying the communal dinner at Albergue O Xistral in As Paredes-Castromaior

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2 responses to “Camino del Norte – Day 26 – Lourenzá to As Paredes-Castromaior, 28km

  1. Hey Kat,
    One calls me ‘geriatric’ when she learns of my age and the fact I don’t have kids. I know it’s clinically accurate, but it stings a little!
    What’s your age? Don’t answer if it’s to personal, if not than pls, date, year, exact time and place of birth.

    Thanks,
    Tikky

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