Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Camino del Norte
from Irún to
Santiago de Compostela

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Day 35: Luarca to Pinera

Casa Daniel at Cadavedo (right)
had cheapish rooms (though no ensuite) but curiously it was not possible to lock the bedroom door from the outside!

The morning was grey and miserable and I was thoroughly fed up walking up steep hills and down the other side only to have to face yet another one.
However, I followed the camino down a cart track (below)

After a time the track deterioriated and eventually forked but with no marker to indicate the correct path. I unfortunately took the right fork which was wrong! and ended up in a sea of ferns at the edge of a steep drop.

Retracing my steps and taking the left (correct) fork I encountered flooded paths and dripping trees. Water managed to invade the inside of my boots for the first time!

By now I had had enough of the wet and the hills so I followed the main N-632 which had a wide 'hard shoulder' type track all along it

There were several very long viaducts along this road

The view down the valley from one side of the the viaduct .....

..... and the other side.

No. I had not yet reached Santiago de Compostela. I was still in Asturias

Church of Santiago de La Ronda

Church close to the refugio

Pilgrim refugio at Pinera.
Originally I had intended to go only as far as Luarca but the walking along the N-632 was so easy (and flat!) that I made good time so decided to do the extra 12.5 kms to the next refugio