Camino de Santiago (Inglés) Day 4 Walk: 24.2km (15 miles) from Hospital de Bruma to Sigüeiro
After days of waking up super early to get an expeditious start to the day’s walk, mainly to ensure a spot in that day’s lodging, on Day 4 I “slept in” and didn’t leave until 7:30am. Why? The final stop before reaching Santiago de Compostela, Sigüeiro, doesn’t have a public albergue, so all of the lodging in town is private. So the evening before, I made a reservation for a private room. Assured a place to stay, I set out relatively late.
Not too late, though, because I still liked to walk in the early morning most of all.
I would say the most prevalent crop I saw all over Galicia was corn. I asked the bar woman yesterday at the restaurant in Hospital de Bruma what they did with all of that corn, since I didn’t see any dishes with corn on any menu, and she said it was all for animal feed.
I also came upon a field where there was a fox…
…apparently trying to wrestle something out of a hole.
Here and there, I passed by residential areas. I liked this mailbox which included a door for bread. I would like to get fresh bread delivered every day!
Here was a woman tending to her crops. When I greeted her, she let out a hearty “Buen Camino!”
Signs of the rural life abounded.
Though a lot of the walk was on streets, the traffic was peaceful.
Given how spaced apart things were here, this woman, walking with two walking sticks, must have been going for a very long walk.
Towards the end of the walk, there was a very long stretch (“without end,” said a written guide) that ran parallel to a highway.
In this last stretch, I joined up with the two cousins from the South and walked together. Here you can see hanging off their backpacks the traditional scallop shell you can buy, to signal that you’re a pilgrim.
The last part, before entering Sigüeiro, was a pretty industrial area.
And that was that for the second-to-last stage. One more night and then it’s off to Santiago de Compostela!