46 • San Cristovo de Cea

I headed out about 08:30, it had just stopped raining, was cold and misty. I made my way through the town, across the beautiful Roman bridge and began a long climb up and out of Ourense. I didn’t realize Ourense, because it is 100 km  from Santiago, is a popular place to begin walking the Camino as it enables people to qualify for Compostela. This morning,  pilgrims were coming out, I passed six and then a couple pulling a cart and then another couple and along the way met another four all of whom I’ve never seen before. Once I crested the long climb out of Ourense, the path leveled out and had moments of exquisite beauty, walking through forests, patches of Roman Road which I tried to convince my shins was an honor to be walking on, but they wouldn’t buy it, the Roman roads ended up more like boulder-hopping than walking. Crossed another beautiful Roman bridge and took a few moments to try and get a good photograph as it is surrounded by trees and forest.