I decided to take an alternate route to bypass the town of Arzua. It added about 6 km to the days walk, but allowed me to end up in Pedrouzo, the next days stage on this camino. It ended up being a long walk of 7 hours and 22 miles, but I am glad I did it. I felt like it was more corn, cows, and eucalyptus, just like much of the rest of northern Spain. I think my next camino will need to be the Camino Madrid from Madrid or the Via de la Plata from Sevilla, so I can see some different (and drier) landscape. I also intersected with the much more heavily travelled Camino Frances, definitely a shock after the much less travelled caminos.
I was also introduced to orujo, a Galician liqueur that is made by distilling the refermented pomace left over from wine making. I can attest that it is potent after two glasses on an empty stomach. The introducees were an Englishman working in Alicante and an Uruguayan, both fellow peregrinos.
A note from yesterday's stay at Sobrado dos Monxes. I went to the evening service in which the monks sang and prayed in near darkness by flickering candlelight. Nice.
More corn, cows, and eucalyptus, although only the endless groves of eucalyptus can be seen here.
I must have passed up a hundred or so pilgrims in the 5 km after I reached the Camino Frances.