Melide to Arzua on a magnificent day!

Today was a great workout for the gluteus maximus. There were few flat paths. All was either uphill or downhill which isn’t a bad thing as the views were spectacular.  There were few people on the trail today and we were often alone as we walked through cool forests, small farms and the odd meadow.  It was a beautiful, sunny day and in no time we were down to tee shirts.

We caught up with Rita and David again today but didn’t see mushroom girls. I’m hoping they didn’t make any mistakes in their mushroom harvest.  A local couple were set up along the trail with their donkeys. Solomon had “buen camino” written on his flank and didn’t seem too impressed by it. His owner played the pan flute. The sound was beautiful and fit right in with the woods, stream and spiritual nature of the camino. While there we met an 80 year old man walking with his son. They’d come a lot farther than we had.

By the time we reached Arzua we were pretty tired and very hungry.  We’d been talking about Arzua being famous for cheese which made us all crave pizza. So….we searched for pizza. The town was deserted so it wasn’t easy to find but we did and it was good. To celebrate we had a maxibon ice cream for dessert.

Apparently All Saints Day is a national holiday in Spain so there’s not much going on. We ended up back in our room and, still full from pizza, didn’t bother with dinner. We’re just pooped. With 28,000 steps and 20 km logged, it was the shortest day yet.  Oh well. Maybe the effects were cumulative?

11 th century baptismal font

11 th century baptismal font

Pretty little church just outside Melide with a very friendly priest.

Pretty little church just outside Melide with a very friendly priest.

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Bread deliveries on one side and mail on the other.

Bread deliveries on one side and mail on the other.

Solomon the donkey. He's better than a Walmart greeter!

Solomon the donkey. He’s better than a Walmart greeter!

Sue, are you going to make it?

Sue, are you going to make it?

Tranquil scene in the woods with Solomon

Tranquil scene in the woods with Solomon

Just in case you can't read, this is what the dog will do to you should you choose to enter.

Just in case you can’t read, this is what the dog will do to you should you choose to enter.

The first granary we'd seen with actual grain in it.

The first granary we’d seen with actual grain in it.

Another little church in a village along the way. Most of them are closed so today we just got lucky

Another little church in a village along the way. Most of them are closed so today we just got lucky

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Must watch out for tractors too

Must watch out for tractors too

Cows can read signs (unlike deer) and know where to cross the road as is evidenced by their trail.

Cows can read signs (unlike deer) and know where to cross the road as is evidenced by their trail.

Photographing a couple of weird tourists photographing sheep

Photographing a couple of weird tourists photographing sheep

One of many incredible views along the Camino

One of many incredible views along the Camino

Another pretty mushroom

Another pretty mushroom

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Just outside a former hospital for pilgrims of the old days

Just outside a former hospital for pilgrims of the old days

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Arzua is famous for cheese

Arzua is famous for cheese

We're not sure what they're doing with this cow but it has something to do with cheese.

We’re not sure what they’re doing with this cow but it has something to do with cheese.

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