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  • Day27

    Ribadiso da Baixo -> 24km -> O Pedrouzo
    With the heat down, walking becomes easier. Yesterday's big storm cooled the temperatures so we managed to walk further than planned today. More eucalyptus forests were passed, which seemed to be everywhere in Galicia. Last night before the big arrival tomorrow - fingers crossed all goes well 🤞🏻

  • Day19

    Final Countdown

    May 27 in Spain

    Arzua - O Pedrouzo 19,5km

    Heute zeigte Galicien noch einmal seine ganze Schönheit. Durch Eukalyptus-Mischwälder, keltisch anmutenden Feldwegen und Dörfer erreichten wir das vorletzte Etappenziel unserer wunderschönen Reise. Mit einem Restprogramm von 20km werden wir morgen Mittag dann Santiago erreichen.

  • Day30

    O Cebreiro to Samos

    August 1, 2017 in Spain

    Beautiful walk this day to Samos, which is one of the prettiest little places on the Camino. It has quite an impressive monastery, which draws tourists. It has been harder to get a place to sleep eacnight from this point on, because many Spaniards and other Europeans walk this portion of the Camino in the summer. Including many youth groups. There's one group of 105 from Andalucía.

  • Day27

    The Last Stamp

    October 6, 2017 in Spain

    When I was a young lad I collected stamps which opened up my world to far off lands and national symbols. Each day on the Way we collect at least one "sello" or stamp for our pilgrim credencial, usually from the Albergue we are staying at.

    The credencial (or passport) is proof of our trip, where we started and stopped along the Way. It is required in Santiago de Compostella if we want to receive an official document written in Latin that says we have completed our Camino.

    Appropriately enough when we reach Santiago de Compostella tomorrow we will be staying at an albergue called The Last Stamp.

    The excitement is building. Only 19.8 km to walk tomorrow morning to reach the Cathedral in Santiago and add some more ink to my credencial.
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  • Day77

    Day 76: Ribadiso - Pedrouzo

    October 28, 2016 in Spain

    Distance: 21.9 (1848.1/19.4)
    Weather: 26C, lovely sunny
    Mood: Fast walking machine
    Staying at: Edreira Hostel

    Less than 20k left... It's really within reach now and it feels good. Today I walked with the three guys I met last night and it was a bit challenging to keep up with them for the last three km, but it did nevertheless.
    I'm feeling tired and satisfied now and am enjoying the super cozy couch in the hostel. Tomorrow I will be reunited with Marc who's been cycling some crazy distances to keep up with me ☺️ and then Santiago here we come!!!Read more

  • Day38

    Graffiti ...

    October 6, 2017 in Spain

    along The Way tends to range from religious to New Age, Simon & Garfunkel to John Lennon. But this morning's message read, "I'm almost to the end and I haven't found the answers. This is all a hoax."

    We often hear, "The Way provides. " I'd add ... opportunity ... In the gift of living in community with strangers, one has the opportunity to learn a lot about one's self. In the discipline of moving each day toward the unknown, one has the opportunity to learn to conquer fears. In the quiet of the morning mists, one has the opportunity to listen to one's inner knowing. And under the dazzling night sky, one has the opportunity to recapture wonder.Read more

  • Day26

    This is the end......

    October 1, 2017 in Spain

    My last night in an albergue! Yess! I am in Pedrouzo and walked about 29 KMs today. I wanted to shorten my walk tomorrow into Santiago, so I have more time to enjoy my PRIVATE room..... Did I mention that I booked a private room in Santiago 😂😂😂😂

    Today's walk was interesting! I started my walk alone, leaving the quiet albergue in Boimorte. I didn't meet a single pilgrim the first 10 kms... Just some locals and some cows on the street.
    Then I arrived in Arzua..... OMG! In Arzua, the Camino del Norte meets up with the very popular Camino Frances...... Uffffff ..... I immediately noticed, from there on I wasn't the only pilgrim on the camino anymore. Also, the camino frances has more bars and restaurants along the way and more albergues.... This town I am staying in has 8! Albergues..... Versus the one or two on the Norte.

    I am very happy that I chose for the Norte, I would not have enjoyed the Frances, too many people and no coast. Plus too easy 😂.

    Tomorrow I (and many others) will be walking into Santiago de Compostela. The route is not supposed to be special, actually some call it ugly, so I am not expecting much beauty, except at the end.......... My private room 😂😂😂

    In all seriousness though, tomorrow when I arrive, I will have to go to the pilgrims office to register. Now at the office they ask u if you did the camino out of religious reasons or other reasons. If you say religious, you get the oorkonde ( dont know what it is in english) and if u say other, you don't get the oorkonde.
    This leads many people to lie about their reason, saying they did it for religious reasons.... You all know me..... I think you know my answer to that question tomorrow.....
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  • Day44

    I am glad I have slowed down to walk shorter stages, because that means that I have been able to stay with my three new friends from Madrid and Ann.

    The 20 km from Arzua were not the most spectacular but most was pretty countryside. There are now thousands of pilgrims, lots of Spaniards, lots of large groups of jubilant teens. And a few old coots like us who have been slugging along for weeks.

    I have managed to stay totally dry these last few days. Since I'm walking short stages and there are so many bars on the camino Francés, I've just popped into a bar or a bus stop shelter every time the rain started to fall.

    The town of Pedrouzo where we are today has a total of 2000 beds, and not one is empty. Crazy, what eill happen in high season? Tomorrow into Santiago. Can't believe it.
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  • Day35

    Arca

    May 30, 2017 in Spain

    Our longest day yet, we traveled for 8 hours, 21.6 miles, with 2,200 ft elevation gain. Tom made his goal of 50,000 steps and we both collapsed at the albergue when we arrived. Incongruent with our depleted state, the albergue was full of energy. A family with small children and a group of teens and tweens ran about, giggling and bashing into things.

    We sat on the outdoor patio with the Uruguayan brothers and their wives and chatted and laughed as the sun set. They began the Camino around the same time as us and we've been crossing paths since early in the Meseta. We will agreed that it feels bitter sweet that the Camino is nearly over. I can't quite believe that we'll be in Santiago tomorrow.Read more

  • Day20

    O Pedrouzo (Arca do Pino)

    October 8, 2017 in Spain

    So today was my penultimate day of walking. I covered a simple and relatively short twenty one kilometres today. Not a particularly early start (although the room lights went on at 6am and following a chorus of annoyance went straight off again) I emerged from my bed at 7.15!!! A veritable lie-in. Breakfast of toast, marmalade, coffee, and orange juice, this pilgrim was ready for the road. The small group of pilgrims whom had loosely walked together yesterday were seeking solitary space today. I was very happy as I wanted to be alone too today. Always passing people (or being passed by others) with a smile and Buen Camino, I was very happy in my own pace and space. I arrived in O Pedrouzo at about 2.30 and was surprised to be the first pilgrim at the Albergue R.E.M. A modern Albergue with lights and power points at every bed - a luxury on the Camino. Tomorrow (all things going well and no issues) I should arrive at Santiago, and see for the first time why I started this journey last September. The Camino between O Pedrouzo and Santiago is a mixture of rural and urban settings, with some forests to give pilgrims a little shelter. The daily ascents and descents continue to the end with a reported gain/loss of +308 / -339, a not insignificant amount.
    But it will all be worth it to see the Cathedral spires, to receive my Compostela certificate, and to see the women I love. X
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