Steep climb: The Spiritual Variant

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It seems our greatest difficulty is leaving each location. This morning, the view from our room offered up another stunning day.We left Pontevedra to follow the Variante Espiritual. We followed directions from the hotel staff which put us over a bridge with no Camino arrows. After asking a father walking his children to school, we got a new set of directions to put us back on course. All worked out fine. We arrived at the Monestario de Poio via our own circuitous route.From Poio, we followed the markings for the Variant Espiritual to Combarro and up and over the steep mountain to Armenteira.

The Variant Espiritual is a relatively new route, about six years old. It connects places that were historically related to the Camino. It is based on the pilgrimage taken by Padre Sarmiento in 1745 who was a Spanish scholar. Tradition says that in 44…

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