July 30, 2015
It turns out there is much more to discover in Galicia after the Camino to Santiago is finished. Galicia is a verdant garden of Eden. Unfortunately there is a reason for that green lushness: rain. It has been a bit wet the last two days but our trusty Pocket Earth app delivered wonderful routes that wound up to ridges far above the deep valleys and hills below. I am completely knackered from all the climbing, but the last 15 kms today were a great pay off. We traced a lonely serpent of asphalt, plunging through mature forests and down through terraced fields and vineyards and tiny hamlets clinging to the valley walls. It seems somewhat out of place in the wild landscape, but we are now in the Ribiero wine producing region. We had a pleasant bottle of a local white wine with our menu del dia today.
Tomorrow we return to Portugal through the mountains of the Peneda-Geres National Park. We will be staying for 3 nights in a remote hamlet at the 1000 meter level. As there is no wi-fi access or cell coverage we will be incommunicado for the duration.