Day 17: Villafranca, 40km

Today was long. So excuse the shortness of this post. I’m exhausted, I nearly walked a marathon. It was not what I set out to do, but when I got to my destination 32km in, I felt good, and the town was odd. So I thought, I’ll walk to the next place to stay 2km further, and then I thought, it’s only 6km to Villafranca. And so, I went! My legs felt good until the last few kilometers, but the true test will be in the morning. Regardless, I think a short day is in order tomorrow!

  The day started out shrouded in mist, typical of the area. It was a gorgeous, if not damp, walk down the mountain through the forest. After that, it took a few hours to get through Ponferrada, the last city until Santiago. I strongly dislike cities, with concrete walking, and noise, so I took almost no pictures and hurried through.

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After the city it was rolling hills of vinyards again, punctuated with small villages. Each kilometer towards the end dragged and dragged. But, after a shower and a glass of wine I’m feeling pretty proud of myself, though I may regret my choices tomorrow I never imagined my body would take me that sort of distance. It was a hard day to be sure, but in a good, challenging way. Tomorrow is the push towards Galicia, the final region. My time is winding down! 185km to go!


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