The Road To Santiago Part 4

Betanzos to O Meson Do Vento 30KM

Early start on this 30km day. From the start its up, up, up and up all day.

A long intense walk on the hottest day of the week with no breeze to cool us. We climb over 1500 ft through this amazing countryside. I feel closer to god today but not in a spiritual way. By the end of the day we all have injuries. Blisters on feet and one of the party has sun stroke.

A welcome stop at the cafe Meson-Musea. A Must visit cafe for all camino walkers.

Today we pass the halfway point to Santiago.

Another welcome pit stop.

Passports stamped we carry on to spend the night at O Meson Do Vento.

Looking Back.

The Camino Shell.

The iconic scallop shell is the main symbol of the camino and it is used, along with the yellow arrow, to guide pilgrims heading to Santiago along its many different routes.

Found painted on trees, pavements , posts, etc… the scallop shell will point you to your way to Santiago.

The shell is seen on the pilgrims themselves. Wearing a shell denotes that one is a traveler on the Camino de Santiago. Most pilgrims attach a shell to their backpack.

There are two myths that explain way the scallop shell is used today as a symbol of the camino.

Myth #1

The ship containing St. James’ body was lost and destroyed in a severe storm. After a long period of time, his body washed ashore covered in scallop shells, completely undamaged.

Myth #2

As St. James’ ship was passing beneath a cliff, a knight fell from the top. Divine intervention occurred and the knight emerged from the sea, unharmed and covered in scallop shells.

Buen Camino