As we left Caldas de Reis to get to Padron it was raining. Luckily it stopped though and ended up becoming a beautiful day to walk! The journey we found was a lot of incline and declines, which were very hard on my mum’s knees. Today was the day she really felt like the journey was starting to take a toll on her as she did something to her foot that continued to bother her through the rest of our Camino. We were lucky that we didn’t run into more problems with our feet, or our bodies in general though. It was a bit of a rough day but we made it to Padron in the end.
As the food in the hotel was quite bad for breakfast we decided we should probably stop and get a ‘second breakfast.’ I love breakfast so if I can have it twice in one day I am pretty happy about it. Our next stop was for lunch in a town just outside of Padron and it was delicious! We had a salad and tortilla (Spanish omelette.) The owner was wonderful and very accommodating, even packing it up for us to take for the rest of the walk. We found that vegetables were a little hard to come by for dinner so we always tried to order a big salad at lunch.
It is always great when you can arrive at the hotel before 2pm and we did just that today. We stayed at a hotel called Hotel Chef Rivera, once again quite dated but it wasn’t too bad. In total we walked 20.38km and over 31,000 steps according to my Fitbit. It’s our last night before we arrived in Santiago which I remember being so shocked by. At the beginning of our walking we were so sore most mornings and found some days to be really difficult, however, by the end it was amazing how much we were getting used to the distances. It was a truly, amazing experience.
The journey to Santiago from Padron is very long so it was good to have a restful day. We explored the town centre a bit after having a rest because we wanted to get another stamp at the Cathedral in Padron. We also needed snacks and wanted to find a spot for dinner. However, the dinner plans failed as all the restaurants didn’t open till 9pm and that was too late for us. In the end we had a glass of beautiful white wine at a wine bar before heading back to the hotel and ordering tapas in the restaurant. It was the perfect amount of food before heading to bed to catch up on sleep and get prepared for our last day of walking!