Category Archives: Camino de Santiago 2013

Day 32 – Melide to Arzua

Tick off another 8.85 miles/14.3 kms from the total mileage I will have walked by the time I reach the end of the earth. Only 43.75 miles/70.82 kms left to traverse (if you believe what is written).

That is, of course, developing calculations using a combination of Brierley’s Guide, Village to Village and the Michelin maps, none of which report the same distance per stage. Then I add in the actual mileage reported by my Garmin GPS watch which doesn’t match any of the guidebooks and it becomes evident the Camino stretches and/or shrinks the distance of each and every stage. Well shrinks is a bit of optimistic foresight since that has not yet happened.

Today started off in the dawn hours. For some unknown reason, I was up, dressed and having breakfast by 7:30. The sunrise was not spectacular but it was pretty just the same.

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Much of the walk today was through primal forest weaving my way up and down steep hills. There were several stone bridges to cross, but thankfully nothing treacherous for my knee.

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Finally after 4 hours and 30 minutes, I arrived at my hotel in Arzua, just before the rain began falling.