Spanish and Celtic Influences Experienced on the Camino

We really enjoyed our walk today. We’re lucky to have walked with the “Arys”, the name I use for Sherry and Mary, the only two Americans that we’ve met since we’ve been walking the Camino. Actually, they’re the only two people that we’ve seen walking the Camino that we’ve encountered in the last three days. 

Auntie Mame and I have been trying to cut down on our mileage but it didn’t even work out today where we planned a limit of 11. 

However, we were able to sign in here at Hotel Cais, in Baiona at 2:40 pm where we scored a nice room for €40. 

But first I had to find the place, with the help of my trusty old compass and my Maine Guide training.

 It is located right on the harbor, overlooking the street. Baiona has the distinction of being the town in Spain where on March 2, 1493, a tiny wooden ship called a caravel named The Pinta docked a few hundred feet from where we look out our window making Baiona the first European port to receive the news of the discovery of America. Yes, it was the famous ship that we all had to learn about as kids. 

Mame and I explored the exact replica of the ship this afternoon. 

 I was hard to believe that a vessel so small could make such a long voyage and also return across the Atlantic. 

The other stupendous attraction here in town is the Monterreal Fort,located on a jutting peninsula just a two minute walk away. 

It took me an hour to walk around its perimeter just before sunset tonight. 

I has been a walled precinct for 2,000 years when it was occupied by the Celts, Phoenicians, and Romans. 

It has experienced a great number of attacks and modifications. 

The fort itself is surrounded by over a mile and a half of reinforced battlement walls dating back from the 11th to the 17th centuries. 

I can’t believe my fortune in taking photos. 

Mame and I enjoyed our room overlooking the main street on the Harbor so much that we ordered an artisanal empanada to go and a bottle of Albarino wine, which is a local specialty. 

We pulled the two easy chairs to the big window overlooking the street and harbor and people watched while we enjoyed our dinner. 

This is not the type of evening that we typically spend at home on High Street in rural Maine. 

The hiking today was mostly right beside the Atlantic again, except the approach to Baiona where we ascended some 33O feet and skirted the rocky prominence of Camino Portela where we viewed old Celtic runes, trails, and obelisks.

 It reminded me of targeting mountain passes out west in the US.  

Our goal tomorrow is to drop mileage to 10. We both now want more free time. We’ll see.  

I am used to looking out at the Atlantic, and watching the sun rise along the Maine coast.  

Here, it sets.  At one time, Spain controlled the seas, and many foreign lands. I fall asleep thinking of Columbus and the sense of purpose in his heart.  

About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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10 Responses to Spanish and Celtic Influences Experienced on the Camino

  1. Porter: aka Rockdawg69 says:

    Fantastic trip. Enjoying the photos and your dialogue. Keep on trucking.


  2. Roy says:

    Hi Tom and Marcia great pictures looks like you’re having a great trip everything’s going well here mom is really like in the cat I’ll probably get down there and see her next week and I’ll show her the pictures that you sent take care love Roy and Jen


  3. Porter: aka Rockdawg69 says:

    Back home after 2 weeks in NY, CT, and MA. Rocks ate my feet. Wrong shoes I think. Planning for northern VA in Sept, maybe MD if I have time. Otherwise, things are going well.


    • tjamrog says:

      Big shoes, no waterproof membrane, thin socks. Where did you go wrong?


      • Rockdawg69 says:

        None of those. Oboz were well broken in. Fit was perfect. No blisters, just pain in the bottom of the feet. I think the outsoles were the problem. Maybe too soft and not thick enough. Should have used the Bean leather boots with stiffer soles. Heavier, but better in the rocks as best I remember from last trip in VA ridges.


      • tjamrog says:

        Too bad. The rocks on the AT are a challenge for sure.


  4. Lock Kiermaier says:

    It is becoming a daily feature to read about your latest adventure. Today’s commentary and pictures were a real pleasure!


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