Day 28: Breaking the Last 100km! (Samos to Ferreiros)
Today is another important milestone as I will be breaking into the last 100km of the Camino, I can't bloody wait!
The walk was a very pleasant and one that saw the sun shining and a meandering mud path take me through more country tracks and hidden forest lanes.
I'm every region the way markers are different along the Camino, they have been bronze scallop shells on the floor, silver sculptures and pointing fingers, in Galicia the signs are small, white pillars which are seen at far more regular intervals than anywhere else on the Camino. These pillars also have the distance remaining written on them on little gold plaques which can prove both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it's nice to the progress you're making but on the it means that after a particularly hard uphill climb or miserable section you realise that you've mad hardly any progress at all! After breaking the 100km barrier though I'm sure that I will be jubilant at every way marker that I see!
About 4 hours after leaving Samos I passed through Sarria. This is a main start point for many pilgrims on the Camino as it starts just over 100km away from Santiago de Compostela, if you walk 100km to Santiago you qualify for a pilgrim certificate and entry to the Compostela (200km if you're travelling by bike). I am expecting the traffic to pick up substantially after today.
I didn't really spend anytime in Sarria, I was directed through the Old Town which was pleasant but littered with over priced albergues and tacky souvenir shops.
Passing through Sarria quickly allowed me to get to Ferreiros and squeeze into the one remaining space at its albergue (I'll definitely be booking ahead from now on). Already the people seem less open to conversation and stick in their pairs as they walk along the route, I think they are doing this more as a leisurely holiday walk as opposed to a mildly gruelling adventure. Obviously I don't mind this in the slightest, the Camino is whatever you want it to be but it does mean that I'm less likely to meet new people and I am yet to speak to another English speaker in two days.