Got up around 7 and took our time getting ready because we want to stop in Melide for lunch (famous octopus) and since it's only abut 13 km we don't want to get there and have to wait for the place to open. There are lots more pilgrims on the trail today. When we started out there was kind of a clump of us. I really don't like starting my day with noisy pilgrims behind me. Yes there are noisy pilgrims. Pilgrims talking on cell phones, or talking loudly with each other. So what I like to do if they're behind me is to just pick up the pace a bit to put some distance between us. It was looking cloudy today so we draped our ponchos over our packs for easy access. The trail itself was great today. Through pine and eucalyptus forests. Of course the wildflowers are all over! The cuckoo bird continues calling, I think it's getting on Cullen's nerves (smile). Today I saw rhododendrons in bloom for the first time which remind me of home in Virginia. Happy cows are in big green pastures. It started raining and it rained on and off. We stopped in Melide and got to the restaurant Exequiel mentioned in the Brierley guidebook and it was already busy. Saw lots of Pilgrims there including Rudy and Connie. We had the pulpo (octopus), bacalao, potatoes, bread and vino for two for twenty euros. The rain contined as we left Melide until we reached Arzua and then the sun came out. We checked into the Albergue Via Lactea. The proprietors were very friendly, helpful and welcoming. The albergue itself is quite nice; nice showers, nice outdoor area, good kitchen, Internet and it's close to bars, restaurants and shopping. We know everyone in our room tonight - Connie, Rudy and their Spanish friends. We went to the supermarket to pick up a snack. Arzua is famous for it's cheese-making so we bought some and some bread and wine. For dinner we went to the Casa Theodora and had a
nice meal. As we were leaving we ran into the 3 amigos; Tomas, Enrique, and Luis and it was like running into old friends since we've been seeing them since Fromista. They advised us to make a reservation for the next town (Arca) which we did. When we got back to our albergue we found there were now 40 middle schoolers staying here. Luckily none are in our room.