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First post-Camino post

It’s been a month now since we got home from Spain and I am still processing what the experience meant to me…

End-of-the-Earth and End of the Camino

Tuesday we took an excursion to the Galician coast to reach the final pilgrim towns that we didn’t have time to walk to. It takes an extra 3 or 4 days to walk to Muxia (where legend says the Virgen of the Boat appeared to Santiago and convinced him to stay in Galicia…

A Day of Reunions and Goodbyes

Today we are treating ourselves to a stay in the grand Parador Hotel – Hostal Reis Catolicos, built in the 15th century as a pilgrim shelter. It has 4 cloisters, beautiful vaulted ceilings, tapestries (and bathtubs…

42…

We made it all the way to Santiago yesterday instead of stopping in O Predrouzo after the designated 22 km stage. We arrived in Pedrouzo around 11:30, had some lunch, and decided we were just so close to the end of the Camino that we didn’t want to spend a day twiddling…

Creekside Pilgrims

A Bucolic Setting We have now walked around 730km with approximately 40 to go. Tonight we are staying in a renovated historic pilgrim hospital in Ribadiso. The river made for a lovely, cold foot soak that we pilgrims really enjoyed. A cow even joined us on our side of the river. Tonight we are being…

Palas de Rei

We had another fog-shrouded day, becoming a beautiful sunny afternoon. We’ve had some super neat mornings over the last 2 days with a full moon lighting our way through the dark and fog before sunrise…

Under 100 Km!

Spending the night in Portomarin, a pilgrim town that was relocated when a reservoir drowned its original location.  Only 4 days of walking left. &nbsp…

Galicia is Beautiful

We are enjoying our days walking through Galicia. The land is green and hilly and we are spending more time along wooded routes. The villages are pretty tiny, with small herds of cows and sheep. There are lots of smallish gardens of kale and other cruciferous vegetables and some late tomatoes…

Still Alive – 6 days left!

Some photos from our ascent to O Cebreiro yesterday and then descent down the mountains again today. Yesterday was quite the cardio workout! Somebody described it as being like climbing over the alps from The Sound of Music. The weather has been quite warm too. The views from the top were amazing and we spent…

Villafranca

A beautiful day hiking through hilly vineyards once again. This region is rather wild and Rich was disappointed to see the grapes have mostly been harvested already. Mountains are all around us. We are spending the night in Villafranca prior to a really long climb back into the mountains tomorrow. Rich had “soused trout…

“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…

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