4 April 2018
Started the day with breakfast at the albuergue. Time to get on the road.
We started walking along the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean … heading to Lires.
Here’s our turn off, at the cross right before the beach.
Camino marker confirms that were on the right road.
Just before the turn, was a campground on the ocean. Nice graphic that reminded us of Richard’s Tab trailer.
We soon had a couple women from New York walking with us, Mary and Sue.
Coincidentally, Mary from New York, has a daughter who lives in St. Louis Park near Terry. When Mary visits her daughter, she hangs out at the Caribou by Terry’s house. They are planning to meet at Caribou next time Mary is in SLP.
Wow, this is a nicely paved path through the woods. No mud.
Diane stops to chat with a local and ask directions.
Jane stops to chat with the local’s cat.
Back into the woods. Not such a nice path.
Here is an unidentified crop … we think it’s Brussels sprouts??? We see it growing everywhere. One of the locals said it looks like small cabbage and they feed it to the animals. We have never seen Brussels Sprouts on a menu anywhere in Spain.
Time to rest the feet.
Unique walkway … lined with dead ferns that add an attractive orange fall color.
In the middle of nowhere we found a place to stop for lunch.
Jose Luis welcomed us in. We felt like we were sitting at someone’s kitchen table. I think we were. We were served bread with garlic butter followed by paella topped with eggs.
The cat knew who to chum up to.
We were also served an elegant dessert topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate. Not bad for being in the middle of nowhere. Lunch cost 5 euros … about $6 dollars.
Marta started cutting up a pumpkin. She was making pumpkin soup for the dinner menu. They were part of a Co-op group.
We left full and happy.
After making lunch, Jose Luis went back outside and worked on a carpentry project. Their dog stood guard.
Back on the road again.
Grazing goats are the lawn mowers of this rural area.
Very remote area for lumber.
Roads go down and up.
Take the scenic route? It’s longer? OK. more Brussels sprouts behind us.
This road seems a little rugged.
Here we are on the scenic route.
It was raining again on the Scenic Route.
This view was one of the rewards of taking the scenic route.
We stopped for a beverage as we entered Lires. Wi-Fi available and everyone checks with their cell phones.
Beautiful view from the bar at Lires.
We had to walk a little bit longer to reach “As Eires” our albuergue in Lires.
We followed a river and these were fish that escaped from the fish processing plant.
We found our albuergue. Got settled in a room with two bunk beds and then went for our first 3-course Pilgrim’s meal.
Nice sunset tonight. Very adventurous day but very long. After dinner we wiped out and tucked in early.