Day 36 Triacastela

We have had an unscheduled stop at Triacastela today because Greg has been struck by a nasty bout of dizziness whenever he tries to get up. He has spent the day in bed and we’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow. I’m not sure how this will affect the last few days of our walk. I guess it will be interesting at best, and impossible to complete at worst. I did visit the little church in the village we’re staying in this afternoon and put in a good word for him. I hope he recovers soon. It’s not fun feeling sick when you’re far from home.

So, here are a few words about food…

Autumn started in the northern hemisphere early last week and now wherever we walk we see ripe wild fruit, berries and nuts, and cultivated food crops are being harvested. Last weekend marked the start of the grape harvest, and people are busy picking, selling and storing their crops. As we walked out of Cacabelos a few days ago, we saw an old man wheeling his wheelbarrow full of pears and potatoes in to town, followed closely by another old man carrying a basket of walnuts. People have set up roadside and pathside fruit stalls and yesterday we followed signs for ‘frambuesas’ (raspberries) to the courtyard of a house that had a little table with punnets of raspberries and redcurrents and an honesty box. Those red berries were delicious!

What has really amazed us is how green the countryside is, so late in the season. At home it’s all turned brown by early autumn, but here everything is very lush and the grass is high.

We’ve spent the last week or so walking in the mountains, where the winters are long and cold. Huge stacks of neatly split firewood are being stored, food is being preserved and there seems to be more activity than usual in the little villages we walk through. Pimientos (red capsicums) are being char-grilled prior to canning, beans are drying and then being stripped from their pods, the last of the season’s tomatoes are being coaxed to ripen.

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9 Responses to Day 36 Triacastela

  1. Jan says:

    All our best wishes for Greg (and you) – Jan and Christ’l

  2. Jan says:

    Hey guys, how are things (feet) going? No news..good news?
    We still support you in our thoughts…

    • Judy says:

      Hi Jan and Christ’l, thanks so much for your messages. Unfortunately Greg ended up in hospital in Lugo overnight on Friday and now we’re staying in an apartment in Lugo for a few days waiting and hoping that he gets better. Our lovely long walk is over, 5 days before we were due to finish in Santiago. We’re both very, very disappointed, and at this stage I’m not really sure what will happen next. We had organised to go to Germany next weekend, then fly home from there. We’ll wait and see.

      • Christ'l says:

        Oh, Judy and Greg, we feel very, very sorry for you!!! We hope, he’ll be better in a few days and you have a safe trip to Frankfurt or home (sweet home, I gess).

      • Jan says:

        How sorry for you both. I guess the Camino faces one with the own restrictions…
        Maybe you should fetch Greg with some thick juicy steaks now.
        Anyway, you did walk the best part of the Camino and had a great time.

        • Judy says:

          You’re so right, Jan, we certainly did have a great time. We have been talking for a while about which Camino route we might do next – either Camino Nord or Camino Portguese, so our Camino isn’t over yet!

  3. barbara says:

    Hope Greg feels better soon. You really are in one of the most beautiful parts of the camino. The food sights sound amazing. I remember the villages with the cows. They take them out along the camino to the fields each morning.
    Beun camino.

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