Day 38 Via de la Plata/Sanabres, from A Gudiña to Laza, 41.2km (!)
An early rise this morning for this long stage, about 34km is what the route app indicated, including a good 600m climb and 1100m descent.
So I left in the dark, after a last morning selfie with Sarah 😥. She wanted to walk a shorter stage and first went out for a cup of coffee.
By myself again.... On the street before dawn and frankly; I love that ❤️. I love watching the sunrise while walking and to witness the world become light 🤩
And what a wonderful world today... This stage was so indescribably beautiful that I won't even try to describe it. Look at the pictures, or better yet; walk or cycle the Via Sanabres yourself...😊 It doesn't get any better than this in my opinion ❤️👌🤩
The terrain was easier than expected today. Ok, it was climbing and descending, but all of that on wide and pleasant trails. This day no climbing over boulders, no flooding and no mud puddles, not even ice to slip on 🤪
Wonderful to just march away the kilometers so easily and in such a beautiful environment... and to lose myself completely in the moment and all that beauty..
And so it happened that after about 7 km I ended up on a beautiful path, I was amazed during this wonderful descent 😍
For a moment it did cross my mind that I had expected the descent in this day much later on in the stage, but the thought faded and I enjoyed the scenery.
Only to find out, after a fork without a yellow arrow, that I had completely strayed away from the Camino 😬
The only option was to turn around, there was no other way to get back on the Camino. And yes, now I had to go back all the way... UPhill 🙃
I thought it was about 1.5 km that I had walked wrong (and therefore had to go back), but given my daily total it must have been double 🙈🙈🙈
I think I was bummed for 1 second...then I shrugged it off. I just have a great talent for getting lost and this is by far the most beautiful detour I've ever made ❤️🤩🤩❤️
Six kilometers before Laza, in a deserted village, a nice surprise awaited me. There was no living soul to be seen but I heard music, and when I walked further I saw a donativo service point for pilgrims... Some chairs, a table with coffee, biscuits, cake and even soft drinks, and a lovely sofa that was located right in the sun 👌 What a treat that was! I plopped on the couch, poured a coke and took a big dip in the cookie jar 😁😋
On departure, of course, I put some money in the safe. How wonderful that people do this, simply out of love for the Camino and its pilgrims ❤️🙏🙏❤️
Despite the distance, walking was very easy today. The easily accessible terrain and the beauty obviously helped, but I also feel that my body is really used to walking all day now.
When I arrived in Laza I was tired but not exhausted. I could still have continued 😁👌
I had to report to the ambulance/fire brigade office to get the key to the albergue, and was received very kindly. With the key in my pocket and some shopping done, I look for the albergue, which is a little outside the center.
I was even stopped by two paramedics in their car, who wished me luck and showed me the way to the inn. They are very committed to pilgrims here 🙏
The albergue is fantastic. I don't understand how they can do this for only 8 euros... A modern and new building, heated, spotlessly clean and a good kitchen! I had hoped for this because of the reviews I had read, and so I had taken the risk of getting groceries to cook for myself.
Fortunately I had more than enough energy for that, so I made a delicious omelette with spinach and paprika 😋
Strength for tomorrow, then there will be another 34 km to conquer, that is, if I don't get lost 🤣🤣🤣
Btw, Sarah and I are in contact a lot 😊, she reached her final destination for today and also enjoyed the beauty of this stage immensely ❤️
To be continued...