Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to Bandeira, Day Fifteen, 22.3 Kilometers (13.86 Miles)

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Our day fifteen on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to Bandeira was a mostly rainy day through the historic countryside, often following the path of the N-525. It was as if the day was shedding tears for my friend who could no longer walk her pilgrimage. 

Quote for Day Fifteen on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to Bandeira

"An injury is not just a process of recovery it's a process of discovery." ~  Conor McGregor, Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer

The process of self-discovery, we know, can be a painful one. In this case, it was a worrisome physical pain, as well as the emotional and spiritual pain of having to give up the pilgrimage. 

But Nadine's story of self-discovery is not mine to tell. That is for her, to one day perhaps, put into words what she experienced on her journey.

Maps and Stats of Day Fifteen on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to Bandeira

Here are our GPS tracks for the day. As you can see, as we get ever closer to Santiago de Compostela, there are many more services available. The longest stretch with no services is in the beginning, and only about six kilometers-worth.

Please also note that the Camino de Invierno joins the  Camino Sanabrés in A Laxe, also at about six kilometers into the day. Because of this, you may see more pilgrims than before. 

The day begins with a 2.5 kilometer uphill climb, gaining 100 meters (330 feet), followed by an essentially long downhill of about 8.0 kilometers to the medieval bridge, the Ponte Taboada.

From the bridge, you will have another climb of 2.8 kilometers and 130 meters (430 feet) then some ups/downs for several kilometers until you reach Silleda after 15 kilometers, where the important climbing for the day ends.

Finally the day ends with a 7.5 easy kilometer walk downhill, until the destination town of A Bandeira. All-in-all, a not-too-strenuous day. 

Elevation Profile, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraElevation Profile, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to Bandeira

Photo-Rich Travelogue for Day Fifteen on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to Bandeira

We woke up to the inevitable call from our friend Norm, that Nadine could not walk that day. In fact, she could not even stand on her legs at all. 

When I went to see her and evaluate her, I realized that her injury was so severe, that she was not only unable to walk, but that she needed a medical evaluation to ensure that nothing serious was going on. Plus, she would need crutches and/or a wheelchair if she could not stand at all without pain.

It was no surprise that Nadine appeared so sullen. But it was what it was.

We three, without Nadine, walked over to the Bar A Taberna de Vento for breakfast and to bring something back for Nadine to have in the room. 

The kind proprietor, when I appraised him of Nadine's situation, assisted us and called for a taxi to take her to Santiago to the nearest urgent care clinic for an evaluation. 

Rich and I were assured that we should still walk on, that our Camino should not be ruined. From the hotel, Rich carried Nadine down the stairs and put her into the taxi, with the kindest and most helpful female driver. I spoke my elementary Spanish to the driver (she could not speak English) and they were off. Their walking pilgrimage was over. 

It was with heavy hearts that we geared up for the day, getting a late start at 9:30 in the morning, after it was all said and done. 

From the point just to the east of the traffic circle by the hostal, on the PO-534 we turned left and north to rejoin the Camino, on the secondary road toward the first hamlet of Baxán. The turn is at this very old building shown below. 

The Turn North from the PO-534 to Start Day Fifteen, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraThe Turn North from the PO-534 to Start Day Fifteen

It is an uphill climb from the beginning as you can see. Here is a photo of our arrival in the town of Baxán.

Uphill Towards Baxán on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraUphill Towards Baxán

You stay left at the first Y-intersection after about 1/2 kilometer, at the cluster of buildings shown above. Walk through the tiny town, and on the north side, take a right turn after about 600 meters into the day to head for the railroad bridge shown below. 

Cross Under Railroad BridgeCross Under Railroad Bridge

You cross under the bridge, and immediately turn left and up a steeper hill. The road has a nice path on its side for the pilgrims. Crest the hill, shown in the photo below, after about 1.2 kilometers into the day on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to Bandeira.

Road Parallels Railroad TracksRoad Parallels Railroad Tracks

The road loses a bit of elevation, as you walk down to the next Y-intersection, shown next. Stay right and on the roadway, to enter into the town of A Bouza

Turn Right Towards BotosTurn Right Towards Botos

After walking through A Bouza, keeping to the main roadway through town, the Camino follows a country road, shown below that continues northward. You stay straight on through various intersections through here. 

Quiet Secondary RoadQuiet Secondary Road

After almost exactly 2.5 kilometers, you come to the altitude top for the day, and a crossroad where you stay straight on and the pavement turns to a lovely dirt lane that takes you into the forest, shown below. 

Pavement Turns to Forest Lane on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraPavement Turns to Forest Lane

This is now a lovely walk through predominantly oak forests for about a kilometer, when you come to this T-intersection after 3.46 kilometers total, and make a right hand turn into the town of A Eixere

Right Turn Towards EirexeRight Turn Towards Eirexe
Walk Through EirexeWalk Through Eirexe

200 meters later, come to the very quaint town church, shown below.

Iglesia de Santa Eulalia de Donsión on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraIglesia de Santa Eulalia de Donsión

After leaving the center of town at the church, in about another 200 meters the Camino takes a left turn, shown below, towards the next hamlet of Donsión.

Left Turn Towards Donsión on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraLeft Turn Towards Donsión

You never actually walk through Donsión, but take a right hand turn on its east side to skirt it at this building, shown below. You are now at approximately 4.1 kilometers into the day on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to Bandeira. 

Skirt Around DonsiónSkirt Around Donsión

Once again you are back in the amazing Galician oak forest for about the next kilometer. 

Another Forest Section on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraAnother Forest Section

The Camino drops down to a stream called the Rego de Cabirtas after about 4.84 kilometers total, and crosses it on this little bridge. 

Cross the Rego de CabirtasCross the Rego de Cabirtas

The Camino comes out of the forest at the motorway, the AP-53 where it interchanges with the N-525 and walks alongside it, shown below. It is hard to make out all the pilgrim-placed stick crosses on the chain link fence, but they are there!

Walk on Parallel Lane Along the AP-53Walk on Parallel Lane Along the AP-53/N-525

The dirt lane becomes pavement, and continues its parallel journey, with the N-525 to the right, and in the direction of the next town of A Laxe, shown below. The rain was beginning to pick up a bit. 

Lane Joins Pavement to A Laxe on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraLane Joins Pavement to A Laxe

This parallel road never joins the N-525, but conveniently bends to the right and crosses it at kilometer 5.68 into day fifteen. This crossing is shown below.

Cross the N-525Cross the N-525 Here

After the crossing, in about 75 meters, take the first left in A Laxe. In about only 100 meters, you are already through town and you will find the Albergue de Peregrinos de A Laxe on the north side.

It is here at the albergue that the Camino de Invierno joins the Camino Sanabrés from the north. You are about 5.88 kilometers into your day when you arrive at the albergue.

Albergue de Peregrinos de A LaxeAlbergue de Peregrinos de A Laxe

The Camino continues past the albergue and takes a westward (left) bend back towards the N-525, but then bends northward again to walk through these lovely old stone buildings.

Straight on Here Through Stone BuildingsStraight on Here Through Stone Buildings

After 6.12 kilometers, the nice side road joins the N-525, where the pilgrimage traveler must turn to the right and walk upon it. There is a nice wide shoulder that makes the pilgrim's passage a bit safer. 

Right Turn Onto N-525 on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraRight Turn Onto N-525

From here we essentially follow the path of the N-525 for the remainder of the day.

Shortly after joining the N-525, about 120 meters later, we passed the Bar María José on the left side. This was the first open bar we saw at about 6.25 kilometers into the day on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to Bandeira. We chose to get a few more kilometers under our belt before stopping for a break.

Right after the bar there is a waymark, where you turn left, leaving the N-525 for now. You can just see this waymark to the right side of the photo, below. 

Left Turn at the Bar María JoséLeft Turn at the Bar María José

Ahead, it is about a 1.5 kilometer reprieve from the N-525, on  lovely lanes, including a forested area where the pavement ends enroute to the next town of Prado. The rain was definitely steady now!

Umbrellas Pass an HórreoUmbrellas Pass an Hórreo

After walking into and out of the forest on the way to Prado, there is a crossroads after 7.33 kilometers, where the road turns back to pavement.  If you turn left here, there is the Pazo de Bendoiro, an accommodation a few meters off-Camino to the south.

Otherwise, carry on straight at the crossroads, and re-join the pavement on this lane, shown below. 

Lane to Next Town of PradoLane to Next Town of Prado

It is after 7.66 kilometers that the Camino rejoins the N-525, here in Prado. 

Rejoin N-525 in PradoRejoin N-525 in Prado

Once again, it is only a short distance, about 260 meters along the N-525 when you encounter this sign, directing you to the left and off the highway, just shy of 8.0 kilometers into the day. 

Leave the N-525 on this Path on the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraLeave the N-525 on this Path

However, our plans were different! We could see, just down the road, the bar, the A Taberna de Prado. We were ready to warm up and dry out after a total of about eight kilometers on the Camino Sanabrés from Estación de Lalín to Bandeira.

A Taberna de PradoA Taberna de Prado

The bar was really nice and we were reluctant to go back out in the rain. But that is what pilgrims do, so onward we went. 

After the turn off the highway at the above waymark, there is a hard right turn onto a funky parallel lane that takes you behind the town. 

Stay to the right at the first intersection, and continue on this tractor lane. 

The Next Lane Onward from PradoThe Lane Onward from Prado

As you continue to walk parallel to the N-525, avoiding town on the tractor lane, come to this next distinct intersection, shown below, and again stay straight on. 

Straight On Here After Crossing the EP-6004Straight On Here After Crossing the EP-6004

At the next T-intersection about kilometer 8.93, take a right hand turn onto a paved road. 

In less than 200 meters more, come out to this paved road, shown next, and take a hard left turn. You can see the N-525, just ahead, but the Camino avoids it by turning left here. 

Come Out in Borralla, Turn LeftCome Out in Borralla, Turn Left

Along this two-lane road we had to stop and admire a cattle crossing. This is definitely cow country. You can smell them everywhere! 

Cow Crossing in Borralla, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraCow Crossing in Borralla

After the cattle moved out of the way, we saw this signpost at the intersection they had just taken: Santiago only 47 kilometers away now! 

Santiago de Compostela ~ 47 Kilometers!Santiago de Compostela ~ 47 Kilometers!

The pavement narrows as you walk along this road, winding around as you descend toward the Deza River.

Lane Toward Ponte de TaboadaLane Toward Ponte de Taboada

When you come to the first modernized medieval bridge (not pictured), across the river, do not take it, but notice this lane to the left just before the bridge, shown below. This lane follows the river on the east side. This is the Camino. 

Left Turn at Old BridgeStay Left Here by Old Bridge

This forest lane you have now taken continues to descend strongly. 

Rich Walking Through More Forest, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraRich Walking Through More Forest

About 1/3 kilometer after the turn off, and after walking through another Galician oak forest, you come to this ancient road, shown below. 

The Ancient Roadway BeginsThe Ancient Roadway Begins

In just a few meters more, you come to the old bridge, the Ponte Taboada, also known as "A Ponte Vella." According to the Silleda Tourism website there is a rock inscription nearby that says the bridge was built in 912 A.D. and that this was the only passage across the river at that time. 

It is a wonderful place, this bridge with a single arch. Some other nice pilgrims who were lingering here, took a photo of Rich and I on it. 

Rich and Elle on the Ponte TaboadaRich and Elle on the Ponte Taboada

It is approximately 10.5 kilometers from the start, at this bridge, on the Camino Sanabrés from Estación de Lalín to Bandeira. We were not quite halfway into the day at this point. 

Rich and the Ponte TaboadaRich and the Ponte Taboada

Then it was onward, as the ancient paved road continued for more than another 100 meters. Here I am in full rain regalia. I look like a big white, beached whale! Ha ha. 

Elle on the Continuing Ancient RoadElle on the Continuing Ancient Road

It is a steep climb back up from the river, after the Ponte Taboada bridge.

After 10.7 kilometers, come to this intersection in the tiny town of A Ponte Taboada and turn right onto the road as indicated. On the right side here, there is another accommodation, the Posta da Prada (+34 986 58 00 11).

Walking Through A Ponte TaboadaWalking Through A Ponte Taboada

Continue walking uphill through A Ponte Taboada, staying to the right in a few more meters then left after 10.9 kilometers. 100 meters later, come to this T-intersection, shown below, and turn left.  

Left Turn Onto Tiny LaneLeft Turn Onto Tiny Lane

Continue onward on the tiny paved lane, for about another 1/3 kilometer, coming to a crossroads where you stay straight on, and onto this farmer's lane, shown below. 

Straight Onto Farmer's Lane, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraStraight Onto Farmer's Lane

Continuing strongly uphill, the Camino is now entering the town of Taboada.

Uphill Into TaboadaUphill Into Taboada

At kilometer 11.7, come to a T-intersection, and take a right hand turn onto the pavement. In a few more meters, take another right and pass by this public fountain, with potable water, where you can fill up if needed. 

Public Historic FountainPublic Historic Fountain

Just after the fountain, another T-intersection takes you left and onto a side road that brings you out to the N-525 in only a few more meters. Directly across the N-525 in Taboada, you will see a set of stairs below a cross. The 12th century Romanesque Iglesia de Santiago de Taboada is just behind the cross. 

The Camino does not cross the road to the church, so if you choose not to see it, stay to the left on the road. If you want to go see the church, be very careful crossing the highway, as there is a blind curve here and the cars are moving very fast!

Iglesia de Santiago de TaboadaIglesia de Santiago de Taboada

Unfortunately, the little church was closed on our arrival. But we still admired it from the outside. There is a nice carving of Samson over the door. You are about 11.8 kilometers into the day, here, on the Camino Sanabrés from Estación de Lalín to Bandeira.

Continue west (left) on the N-525 for about 70 meters, and you will see this pathway, heading left and into the woods. Be very careful, again, if you are crossing back over the N-525.

Carefully Cross the N-525 Into the WoodsCarefully Cross the N-525 Into the Woods

You are now beginning a short, 3/4 kilometer walk through the forest, once again. You are still climbing!

Short Forest Walk to Silleda Industrial ParkShort Forest Walk to Silleda Industrial Park

This forest walk comes out at the Silleda Industrial Park, shown below, at a T-intersection. Turn left. 

Silleda Industrial ParkSilleda Industrial Park

This gravel road takes you back into the forest, on the way to the next town of Trasfontao. The forest canopy creates a nice shelter on a rainy day! It was a lovely walk through here, even in the rain.

Return to Oak Forest, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraReturn to Oak Forest

Approximately another 3/4 kilometer of forested walking, brings you out into an open area in the small hamlet of Trasfontao, shown below, at kilometer 13.3.

There are two possible accommodations in Trasfontao, the Remanso de Trasfontao "Casa do Campo," a quite luxurious-looking casa rural, and the Remanso de Trasfontao "Casa das Árbores & Bubble

Come Out at TrasfontaoCome Out at Trasfontao

Trasfontao is a small place and when you arrive at the open area, turn right, pass the town church then turn left and down the hill. In a few more steps, after meandering through the remainder of town, you are directed northward, back into the woods and onto this ancient road.

Section of Ancient RoadSection of Ancient Road

The ancient road extends for almost 1/2 kilometer. It was tricky rock-hopping in the rain and mud. Then it was onward on a dirt road, for about a total of 1.2 kilometers from Trasfontao, continuing the long climb through the countryside.

You come out of the countryside at this road, the PO-2205. You have now reached the southern outreaches of the large town of Silleda. You are at about 14.5 kilometers total, on the Camino Sanabrés from Estación de Lalín to Bandeira.

Cross over the PO-2205 here and continue on the tractor lane, the short length shown below. 

Cross PO-2205 Onto Lane, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraCross PO-2205 Onto Lane

Join the pavement on the other side of the lane and walk through some industry, staying right until you come out at the street shown next, the Rúa Santa Eulalia, about 1/2 kilometer later. As you enter town, you will see lots of billboards for restaurants and accommodations. 

By the time you arrive in Silleda, you are at the end of the climb for the day. It is essentially downhill for the remainder of the day. 

It was at this intersection, below, that we turned to the right to find the Bar A Pedra a few meters down the road. We were ready, once again, to dry out and have lunch. We were at almost exactly 15 kilometers into the day. 

Along the Rúa Santa Eulalia, SilledaAlong the Rúa Santa Eulalia, Silleda
Bar A Pedra, 9 Rúa Venezuela, SilledaBar A Pedra, 9 Rúa Venezuela
Rich Warming Up at the Bar A PedraRich Warming Up at the Bar A Pedra

The proprietress had a nice wood stove going in the back room, and led us there immediately! We took off our rain gear and spread it out to dry by the stove. It was fantastic. 

We ordered a nice meal, lots of hot coffee with milk, and I think we even had dessert, we were so happy and comfortable in this cozy spot.

Just as we arrived at the bar, it started really pouring outside! Perfect timing!

Accommodations in Silleda

Because of the rain, we almost considered staying in Silleda. However, we decided we had seven more kilometers left in us, even if it was raining. Beyond that, we were not going to push it past A Bandeira. 

If your camino brings you here for the night, there are several nice accommodations from which to choose. There are four private albergues, the Albergue Turístico Silleda, the giant El Gran Albergue Silleda, (+34 986 58 01 56), the Albergue Trabazo and the Albergue Santa Olaia. All of them can be pre-booked. Three of these albergues are just north of the Camino, if you take the Rúa Venezuela. The Santa Olaia is just steps away from the Camino after joining the N-525 and just behind the church. Check the map above for their exact location. 

If you prefer a hotel, there is the Hostal Casasnovas, the Hotel Ramos, the Hostal Bar Toxo (+34 986 58 01 11) and the Hostal Pardo ( +34 986 58 09 65). All are very economical. The last two are centrally located, the Hostal Casanovas is along the Rúa Santa Eulalia, but turning east and away from the Camino. The Hotel Ramos is to the north, next to the Gran Albergue Silleda.

For even more options, you can click here, especially if you would like an apartment, and/or have a group traveling together. The options are numerous!

Back on the Camino, Day Fifteen, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to Bandeira

After our break, the rain eased up again, fortunately. Back on the Rúa Santa Eulalia, we headed westward and passed the church, shown below. The Camino turns right after the church and onto the Avenida da Parque. 

We instead took a left, and walked one block south of the church and found an Eroski supermarket that had not yet closed for siesta. We went inside and stocked up our packs. 

Right Turn After the Iglesia de Santa Baia de Silleda, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraRight Turn After the Iglesia de Santa Baia de Silleda

Back on the Avenida da Parque, after passing the church, walk north for only one block and come to a crossroads with our old friend, the N-525. Turn left. 

Continue walking on the N-525 for only 1/4 kilometer. 

Along the N-525 in SilledaAlong the N-525 in Silleda

It is after approximately 15.5 kilometers that you come to a concrete building, where there is a waymark tile on it, directing you to turn to the left. Immediately after this building, take a right turn to pick up another lane that parallels the N-525, shown below.

N-525 Parallel LaneN-525 Parallel Lane

The nice lane lasts for about 1/4 kilometer, then joins up with the N-525 again. Almost immediately after joining the highway, the Camino takes another side line diversion, shown here. 

Second N-525 DiversionSecond N-525 Diversion

This second diversion is short lived and about 100 meters long. When you join the N-525 again, it is only for about 100 meters, before picking up the 3rd diversion, shown here.

Third N-525 Diversion, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraThird N-525 Diversion

This third diversion continues to follow the N-525, but just to the south on this funky path that takes you to the next town of O Foxo

O Foxo AheadO Foxo Ahead

Arrive in the center of O Foxo at approximately kilometer 16.3. Here the lane turns to pavement, continues on, bearing to the right to walk up a hill, to this T-intersection shown below. The Camino goes to the left, and onto the paved secondary road. The N-525 is on the embankment, just above you and to the right side of the photo. 

Leave O Foxo on Country RoadLeave O Foxo on Country Road

Walk on the quiet road for about 1/4 kilometer, until you come out at the N-525 again, shown below. However, the Camino avoids the highway once again, and you turn left here at the Nudesa Feed Mill, and onto another nice quiet paved lane. You are 16.8 kilometers into the day at this point, on the Camino Sanabrés from Estación de Lalín to Bandeira.

Turn Left at Nudesa Feed MillTurn Left at Nudesa Feed Mill

It is a nice, straightforward walk on this road for the next 900 meters, or not quite a kilometer, staying straight on whenever given the choice, and through the hamlet of Margaride

Country Road Towards MargarideCountry Road Towards Margaride
Walk Through Margaride, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraWalk Through Margaride

After 17.7 kilometers, the Camino leaves the paved road, and takes a right hand turn onto this gravel road. Rich is posing here at this turn, heading back into the forest. 

Right Turn Into ForestRight Turn Into Forest

A few meters later, it is a left turn onto the forest lane. 

Left Turn, Onward Into ForestLeft Turn, Onward Into Forest

About 3/4 kilometer later, the lane crosses this road ...

Crossover Road HereCrossover Road Here

... and continues on the other side, this time into a eucalyptus forest. We were descending sharply through this area. 

Continue Onward Through Eucalyptus Forest, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraContinue Onward Through Eucalyptus Forest

It is 300 meters later, when you come out of the forest, turning left onto this lane, by a scrapyard, not seen in the picture below, but it is on the right side of the lane. 

Left Turn Onto Pavement by ScrapyardLeft Turn Onto Pavement by Scrapyard

As we walked onward on the lane, it was quite muddy as you can see, as we passed several more buildings in the scrapyard. 

Continue Down Scrapyard LaneContinue Down Scrapyard Lane

After about one kilometer on the lane, the Camino comes to this wooden-railed bridge over the Río Toxa. You are now at kilometer 19.5 at this landmark.

Cross the Río ToxaCross the Río Toxa

The lane takes sharp "S" turns after the bridge, and turns to pavement soon after. The lane continues straight on here at the next crossroads.

Straight On at CrossroadsStraight On at Crossroads

Next, the lane walks under the N-640, then 1/4 kilometer later, walks over the AP-53 on this bridge, shown below. This bridge marks 20.1 kilometers total on the Camino Sanabrés from Estación de Lalín to Bandeira.

Cross the AP-53Cross the AP-53

It is a straightforward walk for the next kilometer after the bridge, with a welcoming cow in the town of Chapa. You can see the high-rise buildings of Bandeira in the distance as you get nearer to the destination!

A Cow's Welcome to ChapaA Cow's Welcome to Chapa

After kilometer 21.1, turn right by these wonderful old stone estate buildings. 

Right Turn by Stone Estate BuildingsRight Turn by Stone Estate Buildings

1/4 kilometer later, turn right, at this stone building. 

Right Turn After Quaint Stone HouseRight Turn After Quaint Stone House

You walk for 400 meters more on this lane, that turns to pavement, and of course, comes out at a T-intersection with the N-525. Turn left onto the highway to walk into Bandeira

Bandeira is a sizable town, and here is a photo of the center as we walked along the N-525. It is an uphill walk as you stroll along the highway. 

The N-525 Into A Bandeira, Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to BandeiraThe N-525 Into A Bandeira

It is a bit more than 1/2 kilometer walk on the N-525 when you come to this intersection, shown below. The sign for the albergue is a bit small, but it is on the gray building in the picture. Turn right onto the street called the Rúa Louras.

Right Turn Onto the Rúa Louras to the AlbergueRight Turn Onto the Rúa Louras to the Albergue

The Albergue de Peregrinos de A Bandeira is only about another 200 meters from the N-525, according to the sign. It is a funky, modern, module-based place. It is new and with adequate facilities, but I did not like that I had to go outside from the dormitory pod to get to the bathroom pod, especially at night! Oh well, it was still a nice place. 

Albergue de Peregrinos de A BandeiraAlbergue de Peregrinos de A Bandeira

There are two more accommodations in A Bandeira, the Hostal Conde Rey and the Hotel Victorino (+34 986 58 53 30) both along the N-525, just before the turn for the albergue. 

I did not feel like going out for dinner on this evening. I felt like I needed to crash, seclude myself and have a bit of a melt-down, from all the events and turmoil of the day. 

There is a DIA supermarket, a mere block from the albergue, if you choose to cook. The kitchen and dining room pod was nice, but with limited utensils available. There are plenty of bars along the main road, if you prefer that. 

Reflections on Day Fifteen of the Camino Sanabrés, Estación de Lalín to Bandeira

Today seemed like a different Camino, entirely. Indeed it was! Without our friends, that change was palpable. While I felt relieved at no longer needing to feel responsible for our friends, at the same time it was not a good feeling. My heart ached. My gut flipped and flopped around. I felt lost. 

I would have several days to process it all, before our own arrival in Santiago. I needed to temper my anger at what had occurred, with the grace of compassion, to best assist my friend's own process of discovery, during her recovery. 

Rich and I had discussed the situation at length during the day, and we both agreed that what had happened was out of our control, and that we would be as supportive as possible once we all met up in Santiago in a few days. 

Completing the pilgrimage and arriving in Santiago meant so much to Nadine that she had pushed herself beyond her own capabilities. She was devastated and we needed to be there to support her. I could only imagine what she was feeling, holed up in Santiago. 

The news of Nadine's condition after her medical evaluation in Santiago, that we received during the day, was hopeful. She would heal, but it would take time. Her official diagnosis was severe tendonitis of the lower leg, and the x-ray of her compensation injury of the opposite knee showed no serious issues. 

She would be on crutches for the short distances that her injury could bear, and in a wheelchair for longer distances. Who knew how long she would need assistive devices? I feared it would be a while.

Norm and Nadine decided not to change their flight arrangements and leave Santiago. Instead they would spend their remaining week resting and taking in the sites of Santiago and taking bus tours to Muxía and Finisterre. Their original plan was to walk to the End of the World, but that all changed now.  

Our walking pilgrimage day, while much shorter than some, was drenched in rain, which always makes it tougher on the pilgrim. Especially since the October rains leave a chill in the bones. It didn't help that while it rained on the earth as we walked, it rained in our hearts as well. 


May your own day fifteen on the Camino Sanabrés from Estación de Lalín to Bandeira be injury free, as well as your entire Camino! But if you do have an injury, may it be a process of discovery and grace for you! 

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Carbon Trekking Poles

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