Itís about 1430 on Tuesday, November 4.
I am at the albergue in Ourense where they have an internet
terminal which is free. When I arrived here there was one other person
here. He is from Belgium and he has been here for 3 days because he has been ill
with flu symptoms.
I am in Ourense where for the second day in a row I am drying out, not from too much wine, but from hours and hours of rain. I have had precipitation in some form for each of the last four days but the last two have been the worst. But, a bit of hardship builds character. I swore that I wasnít going to get a ride after the 50 km bus ride to Salamanca in the pouring rain, and I havenít. Now that I have a cover for the backpack and can wear the poncho underneath the backpack it helps. Of course I scare small children when I walk into these villages.
Yesterday, it started to rain as I was starting up the last
of the passes on the trip and of course I got wet both inside my poncho (from
the sweat) and those parts of me that were exposed. I tried to find a tuque and sweater for the cold
weather but itís almost impossible to find those things in the little villages
in Spain. The worst part is walking in wet shoes and socks for
hours on end. This morning I stuck plastic shopping bags over my socks and that
really helped as I stayed relatively dry although the rain was pounding for the
full 4 1/2 hours of todayís short walk of 22 km. There is another use for plastic
I have received the OK to stay at the albuergue, which is gorgeous, for a second night. I just have to vacate in the morning and then show up again at 13:00 but I can leave my backpack here. This means that I should arrive in Santiago de Compostela on Sunday afternoon, November 9, one day ahead of my original plan.
I will probably get a hotel for one night in Santiago de