Visit to Santiago de Compostela

OZON I IGLESIA SAN MARTINO DE OZON Turn down Left by wayside cross [100m] onto cobbled street. One of Galicia’s longest Horreos is on your left with 22 pairs of stone supports. Continue over the rfo San Martino [200m] straight over track [100m] onto road [300m] turning Left and immediately Right onto track by wayside cross [200m] j straight over road [300m] veering right past farm buildings, up into i main square in:

QUINTANS [PLAZA MAIOR] A busy town with several bars/cafes and accommodation at the Hospedaxe Plaza in the main square. From here the path continues over the main road up past the Capella de San Isodora and play park (left) straight on at crossroads for [200m]. Veering immediately up Left onto wide track [200m] and keep straight on (ignoring paths left and right) to top of rise [2.0km]. Keep straight onto narrower track through Eucaplytus woods onto road [1.4km] turn Left for [250m] turn Right onto concrete road into A Grixa and up past Igrexa San Cibran (with separate bell tower) in Vilastose [200m]. At crossroads [150m] turn up Left for [800m] into:

SENANDE Busy town with several bars/ cafes. Turn Right down the main street for [150m] veering Left onto minor road at bottom end of the town for [700m] onto wide track (by football pitch) turning down Left and up Right [75m] and down Left again [75m] and back onto road [800m] turning Left over bridge [100m] (river Castro whose waters we forded yesterday in Li res) into Trasufe [400m] beyond the village is the Capela A Virxe do Espino and below it along the side road is the Sacred Fountain to the Virgin whose waters are said to have healing powers. (The proliferation of hankies and pieces of cloth tied to the hedgerows are where pilgrims coming to the shrine have left their diseases to disintegrate. Don’t pick up the unsightly rags or you may end up catching them) The road now turns up right past the cruceiro and after [300m] we turn off Left onto path and immediately Right by modern horreo onto smaller pathway [!] (DO NOT continue straight on along the more obvious track that heads up onto the top of Pena do Corvo). The rough path continues around the right hand (Southerly) side of the hill for [1.3km] up to the C-552 (Fisterra – A Corunna). Here turn down Left on a path that runs parrallel to the main road for [500m] where we cross over onto the old road across the stone bridge over the rio Fragoso [200m] (NOT on the new bypass) Veering right (sign Concello/ Buxantes/ Olveiroa) [300m] Veering right again [300m] into:

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Continue past the Concello and up past the cruceiro and Iglesia de Santa Eulalia de Dumbria [800m] (cafe/bar O’Tuto in plaza). Veer Left past the turning for Canelas [100m] down to the bottom of the hill and continue straight through crossroads and turn off Right at next crossroads [400m], Veer off Left [500m] into As Carizas [200m] and immediately inside the small hamlet tum up sharp deft onto concrete path that shortly after continues as steep pathway through woodland to rejoin main road [300m]. Turn Right along road for [200m] cross over left onto track for [600m] crossing over road again over footbridge (head waters of rio Fragrosa

It is likely that your outer appearance might have changed (I lost a stone and gained a deep tan). It is also possible that the way you perceive the world has also gone through some metamorphosis. This inner transformation may well deepen as the lessons we opened up to along the way become more fully integrated. While an obvious purpose of pilgrimage is to bring about an inner shift, it is also possible that our familiar world will no longer support this inner change. Realisation of this might engender different emotions as we come to see that choices may have to be made that could radically alter our previous way of life: who we live with, how we are, what we do. where we work, our social circuit, where and how we pray or meditate. Indeed the whole purpose, focus and direction of our life may have altered. This will, almost inevitably, be experienced as a threat by all those who previously knew you the way you w ere.

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