Camino Frances | Day 27
O Cebreiro to Triacastela, 20.4 km
Ye, ye, yeah! Happy birthday to me. I couldn’t have given myself a better gift than El Camino.
I made my way down from O Cebreiro cutting through the forest to El Alto de San Roque.
Breakfast at a bar in Hospital de la Condesa with locals speaking Gallego while enjoying their morning coffee. I had a massive empanada and the usual café con leche.
Boy was the climb to El Alto de Pio a tough one, especially with a full belly. The steep ascent was soon followed by a knee-crunching 700m descent. All this up and down, walking by cattle ranches and beautiful chestnut forests is making my eyes twitch or could it be the Gallican blonds native to the region?
A stamp and a glass of orange juice are a daily recurrence. The town of Triacastela was named after the three castles that once stood guard over these hills. Unfortunately, they didn’t stand the test of time.
Made it just in time for a massive pilgrim lunch in celebration of my birthday with a bottle of red wine and a few rounds of beers. Being the first ones at the albergue has its benefits; we had the place all to ourselves. A visit to the ancient church and its cemetery followed by a stroll around town to pass the time.
Tomorrow we reach Sarria, and I get the feeling things are about to change.
What can I say? The best birthday ever.
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