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Monthly Archives: September 2017

“Mist”-ical Morning and Monumental Descent

We began our stage today in Foncebadon, a mountain village with a single unpaved street. We delayed leaving until 7:20 so as not to do too much mountain climbing in the dark, only to discover we were in the midst of very dense fog. It was pretty cool…

Astorga and Beyond

Yesterday was a long, hot stage to get to Astorga, a town with Roman roots. We were too tired to write, so today I’ll combine two days…

Villar de Mazarife

We’re out of León and in a little bitty town on the ‘scenic route’. We made excellent time but my toe is in severe distress. 28.5 km to walk tomorrow. Ouch…

León

Some photos from our 2 days in Léon where we are enjoying a rest day. We have said goodbye to some pilgrim friends that were moving on and regained other friends we had left behind…

Quiet Afternoon

Enjoying a Little Oasis We’re 12 km out of Leon in a delightful albergue. Due to our extra walking yesterday we can relax this afternoon in the garden with free wifi and some drinks. Laundry is drying on the line. Tomorrow and the next day we’ll be at a hotel (yay…

We’ve made it half way

So the Meseta…It’s really boring. As Rich said today it’s like we’re doing a Camino across Nebraska…

Carrion de Los Condes – the nuns of Santa Maria

Thursday night we spent at the Santa Maria parochial albergue in Carrion de Los Condes. This was our second experience with a church albergue and the nuns were very special…

Boadilla del Camino

We did another long walk today, so now we are 1 day ahead of the guidebook. It was a bit hard (17 miles) but the road was good and the weather was sunny and warm…

On the Meseta

We left Burgos this morning at our usual time and made the guide book’s official stage destination before noon. The day was cool and sunny and the walking was good, so we continued on another 10 km for a total of about 31 km today. My Fitbit reads 19 miles…

Burgos! One third of the way!

We’ve finished a third of the Camino and made it to the fabulous city of Burgos in Castille y Leon province…

Ages, Spain

We had a gorgeous day weather-wise today. It started out very, very cold. I had 3 layers on my head, 4 layers on my torso and gloves, but the sun came up and it turned sunny, although still quite cool. Our path took us uphill into oak and pine forests for most of the…

Belorado

A Pilgrim’s Day We had a very pleasant day for walking. Very cool, but sunny. We had flat dirt and gravel roads so we made very good time. Today I thought I’d just write about our daily routine…

Santo Domingo de la Calzada- A Low-key Day

We got a great start out this morning after breakfast in town. A little later than we had been trending, but today’s distance was only 20 km…

Too Tired to Write – Nájera

It was a long day and not a very interesting one. We are exhausted so I’m just going to post a few photos. It was the second longest distance for a stage today at almost 29km. We walked from 6:30am until 3…

Longrino

Another early start
We were on the road by 6:45 to get a head start on our first long day. We’ll have another long one tomorrow…

Los Arcos

We made it to today’s destination very early today, by 1:30, so we have been enjoying the sun and a beer on the patio of the alburgue and waiting for our turn with the washing machine…

Made it to Estella

Today was not such a Buen Camino. My head was down most of the day and I really struggled to make it…

Puente la Reina

Last night Pamplona had a festival. The streets were crowded with vendors, musicians and families. Rich and I walked around the old city and caught part of a symphony and choir concert in the large square. Everyone was dressed in jackets and scarves as the temperature was 14 c…

Pamplona

We left Zubiri this morning at 7 am in a light rain, headed to Pamplona…

Camino Photos

Zubiri, Spain

Yesterday was about conquering the mountain… today about enduring the pain…

Roncesvalles, Spain

I tried to imagine the worst … and today’s walk was far more difficult than I ever thought it could be! 58,910 steps, 23.7 miles (horizontal), 4,933 calories burned, 525 staircases climbed. When locals said the trail was steep I thought the trail would be steep, not slide-down-on…

The Journey Begins

Rich and I spent the afternoon registering as pilgrims and exploring this picturesque Basque town in Southern France…