One day we were walking along the road heading out of town when a young local man on his bike came along side us and started chatting. Hearing we were visitors he decided there were a few sites we needed to see and he was the one to take us to them. He was delightful, struggling to want badly to use his English and me filling in the gaps with my Spanish and Dougs now increasing vocabulary we had a wonderful afternoon seeing the remains of some old grinding mills in the forest powered by the river running through them. We walked past the gathering place of a car rally about to begin (a popular sport in Europe) and the park of memories. He told us about the clam festival and the mountain trails and then he vanished as fast as he came just excited to have shared his town with us. Thank you Richard for that experience.
Its been a very different experience here than other places we have cruised, we are alone. We haven't run into the usual "cruising community" since arriving on the European coast. A few here and there, a couple actually spoke English, otherwise we are on our own! Fall has definitely arrived and the last of our dips in the water are imminent. We have braved the cold water at times the last month after a hike in the sun but I think we reached our limit when our legs went numb last time! Now its long underwear and ski hats, and a plan to try to stay a little ahead of the cold as we move south.
I mentioned the crosses we passed on the Camino trail but I didn’t fully realize they are found through out the Galacia area of Spain. There are numerous crosses found in the city centers of all the towns. They were built in the 18th century to bring protection to the people of the town. Most all of them have Christ on one side and Mary on the other side. Mary always faces the sea and Christ the land. They are a very peaceful sight, somehow calming with their strong stone structure.