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Day 17: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis. Is that cheating?

Today we saw our first Caminoists on horseback. Plenty of bicycle pilgrims still take the trail—all still apparently have broken bells to war you they are passing, but today we saw our first pilgrims on horseback. There are times when it looks quite tempting. We are hoping that the horses also get a Compostela or completion certificate. Probably not.

Staircase in the Parador

As we ate breakfast in the dining room of the Parador hotel this morning—a converted 16th Century palace—we saw rain pouring down. Fortunately by the time we left it had eased up to a slight drizzle. That extra cup of coffee mae all the difference.

The trail today was advertised in the guidebook as pleasant and it lived up to the billing. Wooded trails with stone bridges, vineyards, and convenient cafes for a break were the order of the day. Some of it was again along Via Romana XIX—a Roman road dating to at least 350 years before Christ. History runs deep on the Iberian Peninsula.

While we were in our first cafe the rain came down again—hard. But by the time we left it had eased up again. Our rain gear was tested, but not overwhelmed. Fortunately the forecast is for better weather for the next few days—by which time we will walking into Santiago.

Enjoy Laurie’s Relive video and decide for yourself if you’d want to ride a horse to Santiago.

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