Arzua to Pedrouzo

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Eucalyptus forest….smells divine!

We got out a little earlier today knowing we had 20 km ahead of us. It was raining so we finally got to wear those ponchos we’ve been carrying with us all the way since it “always rains” in Galicia. It didn’t rain hard and was pretty much done in a couple of hours. It was cooler today which was actually more pleasant for walking. I don’t know how people do it in the summer.

The road was less hilly and we crossed the highway 547 over, under and across several times. The countryside was beautiful. Roads were lined with holly bushes, olive trees, ivies,fushia and lots of dahlias.  Towards the end of the day we walked through a forest of eucalyptus trees. What a fresh, wonderful smell that is!

We stopped to chat with sheep, a family of pigs and admired some pretty chickens.  We missed some of the pilgrims we’d met before but ended up with a group of young people from Belgium.  Apparently this is the school’s 6th year doing this trip with kids graduating from what we would call high school.  It’s like a “March break” trip for them. Great idea!

This time we stopped for lunch in Pedrouzo before finding our accommodation.  Other days it’s been 3 or 4 before we got lunch so dinner just never happened. We just picked from the meal of the day which for 10 eu includes an appetizer, meal, dessert, wine and coffee.

The friendly fellow at the desk of the Pension Arca showed us around and said he’d show us where to go in Santiago after a shower. I guess that meant we stunk so we did as we were told. There weren’t any tapas bars open (being low season has it’s down side) so we decided a glass of wine (including a very strange conversation with a drunk Spaniard) and a bag of chips was dinner.

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A unique cafe with traveller's tee shirts hanging from the ceiling

A unique cafe with traveller’s tee shirts hanging from the ceiling

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.

Arzua is famous for cheese

Arzua is famous for cheese

Leaving Arzua on a drizzly morning.

Leaving Arzua on a drizzly morning.

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