So the storm came … but in the night!
It really was a downpour -so much so that the lower room in the albergue flooded a bit, and the innkeeper was busy mopping the floor just before we went to sleep. All the bags were on benches though, so no harm done!
The wind was howling throughout the night too, but by the time we got up (7am) it was all over … just a very light drizzle and I had made my first decision of the day, to push on, and the second decision as well : to leave the poncho in the bag!
After morning coffee at Triacastela I had to make yet another decision … which route to take!
All decisions on the Camino,are good ones, remember, and after debating for a while I chose to take the less scenic, less remote but longer route via Samos!
I loved the walk.
The rain was very light and after the road by the river section we were back onto little paths through nice countryside by streams and gushing rapids and little waterfalls.
It felt “the road less travelled” as I didn’t see many pilgrims … and when the rain got a bit heavier (for all of ten minutes!) I found shelter in a shepherds’ hut and pulled on the trusted poncho!
As I was approached Samos I could hear the monastery bells calling the faithful and realised I could make the midday Sunday mass.
I found the albergue in the monastery fairly easily and the hospitaleros (from France) very kindly let me check in even though it was only 11:40 and then officially open at 1pm. Then I skipped off to find the entrance to the church (easier said than done!). The Camino provides in lots of ways, and suddenly a solitary nun came out of a huge door, and I followed her!
The mass was lovely, smells but no bells, and it was nice to join families in worship (rather than only pilgrims). There’s never any written liturgy and while today there was music (organ) there was no singing.
Afterwards I headed to a cafe for a second coffee today, to warm up and to use their internet! I’ve still to decide when and where to eat today! I’d like an early pilgrims’ meal, but that’s not always possible.
There were plenty of signs of last night’s storm!
And now the rain has eased off I’m off to explore. I think it’s possible to take a tour of the monastery.
I’m now about 130km or so from Santiago de Compostela. And today heard from Mariena who is still only about a day ahead of me, so it’s still possible we will meet in Santiago. She’d bumped into Doug (from Orisson) Wendy (in Molinaseca) and now Ute (from Germany) and all were asking how (and where!) I was! It seems my Camino families haven’t forgotten me. Today though I’ve been thinking a lot about the lovely foursome from Macau … they must soon be in Santiago (and then back to university!)