A shorter walk at 26 km (16 miles), but with a 300 m elevation gain in about 5 km of the morning walk. It was beautiful mountain trails, steep and rocky, but quite scenic. At the high point of the pass, I walked into Galicia.
A few km into the descent, I passed a few walkers with light day packs, some with none at all. Then I passed a few more, then more and more. I finally figured out that I was walking past a group of "bus pilgrims". Eventually at one of the road crossings, there was a modern bus waiting for them, with all their luggage on board, so they could take their leisurely strolls in comfort. Thank goodness, they are not here in the albergue today, they would have overwhelmed this place.
Not a great photo, but this is the trail on the way up
Marker showing I walked into Galicia
The familiar Galician waymarks. Initially they had brass plaques showing the distance to Santiago, but these have mostly been pried off and stolen.
I've said that Galicia is cows, corn, and eucalyptus. Well, shortly after the border I saw my first eucalyptus.
The bus pilgrims
And more of them
And the bus
Rough terrain on the last part of the walk.