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Published: October 30th 2018
A day trip to La Coruña.
Tim’s knee problems have forced a change in plans, and walking to Muxia is simply not practical, and probably not possible.
No matter, we will head to Santiago tomorrow, stay a night, and use the extra day to take in La Coruña on a day trip. It’s a large city with a rich history and culture , so there is plenty to do and see.
Today started with rain as we walked around the harbour with Tina from Sydney, so we called in to a bar for breakfast before the first hill of the day.
The rain and storms never really eventuated but rain gear was always handy for the little downpours that disappeared as quickly as they arrived. Fifteen kilometres was all we had to walk but we didn’t arrive until midday, as the progress was a little slower due to Tim’s dodgy knee. It is worse today and regular coffee stops helped ease the pain.
Luckily the paths were generally light gravel or soft pine needles but the descent into Finisterre was the steepest I’ve experienced on the Camino. As we approached the centre of town the skies
opened and we sought refuge in another bar overlooking the fishing fleet. The coast and all it offers has a very therapeutic effect on tired bodies, so after a long break while it rained, we set out to find some accommodation.
We decided against the albergue I stayed at in 2016, just in case the Titanic Nightclub was keeping the town awake until 0630, like it did then. We followed up a tip and have been rewarded with a 70’s style room overlooking the harbour, and located near the bars and the bus stop..
Seafood was the lunchtime meal, and consisted of the local specialties such as cockles, razor clams, barnacles, mussels, and crabs that were selected from the restaurant tanks. It is slow work eating some of these delicious morsels and at times the work required was not worth the effort. The owner showed us how to attack the crabs, and extract the little treats from the barnacles. They look prehistoric and you have to ignore the appearance and just enjoy the food.
Next was a trip to the certification office to register, before walking out to the point. We expected nothing on such an overcast
Corcubión Far Below Us
Cee on the other side of the harbour
day, but those who made the effort to brave the winter conditions to go were treated to an interesting light show, courtesy of the fading sun and the ever changing clouds.
People sat in various advantage points on the rocks, sharing celebratory drinks, catching up with old friends, or simply gazing out to see trying to proces the last 6 weeks. I met up with Greg from Byron Bay who I had not seen since Ponferrada, a small lifetime ago. He was trying to extend his trip and was walking to Muxia tomorrow. I wished him a dry safe trip, and Greg walked off into the night. I’ll probably never see him again but he was a memorable part of my Camino , at a time when dinner and a chat was what I needed.
We are now ready for sleep, it’s 10.20, so DS will be getting impatient with me, so that’s it for now.
Tomorrow’s schedule is bus, laundrette, sort stuff out, and hopefully catch up with some friends who I didn’t expect to see again so soon. I’ll leave it at that, bye for now.
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