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    • Day 9

      Day two to Porrino

      January 20, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      A frosty start to the day today. Headed off on the wrong path. Luckily a couple of other walkers let me know. Who knows where I would have ended up 😀. Walked a good 17kms with a lovely young American girl. It was great to have her company and helped during the hills (the down was particularly challenging on my knees). She had spent a semester of University at Otago. The second part of my walk without her wasn't much fun. I thought I had missed a turn off (lost confidence after the effort in the morning haha ) as there was a 3km stretch on the road. A little bit scary with trucks and buses hurtling past at 80km. Had to follow directions to my hotel and somehow managed to find it. Got to my room and fell asleep for over an hour!Read more

    • Day 62

      Must have Gartenschere ✂️

      October 15, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Aufgrund einer Schlechtwetterfront die uns voraussichtlich die ganze nächste Woche begleitet, hat sich nicht viel getan bei uns. 🌧️

      Wir fuhren ein Stück weiter Richtung Süden. Und suchten uns in der Nähe einer Burg die wir uns Morgen ansehen wollen, einen Stellplatz.

      500 Meter vorm Stellplatz schickte uns das Navi rechts in eine Forststraße. Wir mussten am Anfang erst mal den Weg frei schneiden mit unserer Astschere, da links und recht überall Äste und Dornen in den Weg ragten. ✂️🌳 (Für uns ein Must have)

      Am Abend kochten wir uns noch ein leckeres Fisolengulasch. 🍽️
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    • Day 29

      Vigo-Arcade #9

      June 9, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      #9camino Vigo to Arcade. All up it was a big day with 43,499 steps! It can be a bit of a challenge finding your way through a city, it is such a relief when you spot your first yellow arrow or Camino scallop shell! Today I loved the ‘rooms with a view’, then couldn’t believe the number of mussel farms on the Ria Vigo. I am allergic to mussels and the other night ordered scallops and suddenly realised I might be allergic to them too… Irene, a Ukrainian woman asked how old I was, when I told her she said… ‘oh it doesn’t matter if you die’… I nearly killed myself laughing! We all got drenched today and fell into the cafes in Redondela, then marched on our way only to be stopped a funeral procession. (Seems to be a theme😂) wandering on I had a great chat with Patricia an Occupational Therapist from Portugal about improving the lives of people with dementia/Alzheimers. Her mission on the Camino is to make a greater commitment to herself. I haven’t found my mission yet, but will bring you her story. Had a ball winding my way round the back streets of Arcade, which has a wonderful old arched bridge. And check ot the passionfruit vine.Read more

    • Day 3


      March 24 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      This walk is intense! There are so many steep hills to climb. I get to this space where its 70m at 15% incline or 360m at 5% incline. I choose the latter. I can't face another intense incline. My knees and hips are screaming at my. I can't believe it's just day 2 of walking.

      The views are beautiful though. Thus section of the Camino seems new. There are way markers but the font have the distance recorded in them yet. I'm glad for the route though. Its beautiful, in nature and keeps us away from walking along the highway.

      I pass two separate vendors selling bits on the trail. They even offer ti stamp my credentials. I don't buy anything but I do get one stamp.
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    • Day 6

      My Daddy's Stride

      March 27 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 43 °F

      These are some of the things that i think about when walking...

      Dani and Donna both had 45k steps yesterday, but I had just over 40k. Yet we walked the same distance.

      So today, Donna and I counted our steps in the same period of time at the same speed of walking. I had 3 percent fewer steps than she did.

      That math still doesn't add up... so I ponder this. How do these apps figure our steps and distance? When I look it up, it says that accelerometers can be off by 2%. I figure, besides having long strides, I must walk softly and not move my body much when I'm walking.

      So my thoughts trail off... What happens to my body if I carry myself in a different alignment? What happens if I swing my hips more when I walk? Ah, that makes my back feel better. What if I run out of storage on my phone and can't take more pictures? Are there any snakes in Spain? ... it goes on and on. I find myself observing my thoughts from the outside.

      Today, I walked 6.2 miles, 10 km.

      I'm picking up some Spanish, reading signs and menus. I learned a new phrase today. "de puta madres"... our taxi driver kept saying it over and over. It's foul language for sure, but used in a certain context, it becomes a way of expressing that something is f'n awesome. Spaniards cuss a lot, I hear, in contrast to Latinos.

      I left my really nice double outlet converter at the first hotel. Today, I picked up another. Got here to the hotel, and discovered that it's for a Spanish native traveling abroad and does me no good.

      Dinner was nice. I had hake and vegetables. I'm hoping to get a good night's sleep tonight. I haven't been sleeping well. Took a benadryl tonight.

      As Chivas
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    • Day 9

      Jakobsweg Porto-Santiago de Compostela

      April 12, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Auf der 26 km langen Etappe von Redondela über Tuimit, Arcade, Figuerdo und
      O Marco nach Pontevedra. Es war das bisher schönste Teilstück bei tollen Wetter und sehr abwechslungsreicher Landschaft. Dadurch und auch durch die kurze Etappe gestern haben wir gar nicht gemerkt dass wir schon 26 km gegangen sind. Das angesteuerte Hotel war schon voll, aber der nette Besitzer hat uns spontan ein nur 150 Meter entferntes Haus die Pension Casa Maruja empfohlen. War ganz ok, mit einem schönen Blick auf einen Platz mit Brunnen und der Kirche "Sanatorio Santa Maria". Am späten Nachmittag haben wir bei Sonnenschein in einem Park eine Schale leckere Erdbeeren verspeist. Beim Aperitif vor einer Kneipe haben immer wieder die Killertauben von Pontevedra die Tische in Beschlag genommen. Dabei hatte besonders der Tauben-König (mit Federkrone) einen zu Fürchten bösen Blick. In dem vom Reiseführer empfohlenen Restaurant gab es erst ab 20:30 Uhr Abendessen, wir konnten es kaum erwarten sind vorher rein und wurden aber wieder freundlich raus an die Bar zum warten gebeten:-(Read more

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