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Camino de Santiago- Esp/Whi

June 2018 - December 2019
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  • Day30

    Santiago Church, Camino Pause: 428 km

    July 18, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Made the decision this morning to pause the Camino journey for this year. Eric is in too much pain to continue. Seems like Villafranca is the perfect place to pause. At this Church of Santiago there is the Door of Forgiveness where pilgrims could receive the certificate needed to receive their absolution (which they referred to as jubilee, as in Leviticus 25) if they were not well enough to continue.
    We walked 428 km (265 miles). Crossed the Pyrenees mountains, walked through multiple regions, across some of the meseta, and walked up the highest points on the camino. I look forward to finishing up another time, perhaps with more friends and family.
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  • Day29

    Mary of the Rosary church

    July 17, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    Walked in and instantly loved the church. The last few days of hiking have been on some sorts of shale and we began to see more and more stone houses of cut shale. The last few towns have had houses roofed with black shale. The church walls were made of cut shale and the vaulted ceilings used black shale. It felt very much like a church that fit into the village as opposed to being built of imported stone.Read more

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    Morning Start 7/17

    July 17, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    A 24 HR pharmacy, good symbol of the start. Stocked up on on more ibuprofen. Today is a pseudo rest day. We're walking to the bus station and busing to Villafranca then resting at a hotel for a couple of days. Hoping to heal to take on the last 100km.

  • Day28

    Ponferrada for the evening

    July 16, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    Explored the castle after finding a cute jazz coffee shop for iced coffees. The tapas tradition made its way there as we received an assortment of cookies with our order. The castle was hosting an exhibition of medieval books. There was also an exhibit on fortresses in Spain.

  • Day28

    Highest point?

    July 16, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

    So we climbed two peaks that claim to be the highest point on the camino. One is Cruz Ferro and the other is Pena de la Escorpia. Cruz Ferro is the place where pilgrims come with rocks or mementos from their home country to leave there. I brought a Petoskey Stone I picked up from my last visit to my mother's house near Alden, Michigan. This is the traditional place that is considered the highest.
    The geographic highest point was the next peak, Pena de la Escorpia. But it wasn't marked, so we guessed we had passed it about this point.
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