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  • Day122


    July 1, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    So...I had my dad on my mind today as it has been a year since he died. He really enjoyed hearing about our hiking adventures and seeing our pictures, plus he thought our plan to hike across Spain was pretty cool. To honor him, I have brought some of his ashes with me and thought when the time was right, I would let him go.

    Later on on this trek we will get to a place called Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross). It is a cross on the Camino de Santiago where the tradition is to throw a stone, brought from the place of origin of the pilgrim, with his or her back to symbolize their journey. I have brought a rock from home to leave there, but maybe I’ll let dad go there, too...if I’m ready to let him go. We’ll see.

    Highlights from today’s walk:
    1. It wasn’t too hot ☀️
    2. Beautiful rolling hills of wheat
    3. You can buy mini shampoo from a vending machine 😂
    4. Watching Spain vs Russia soccer match with the local people
    5. Hiking 10 miles by 10 am again
    6. Our albergue- it is a great place. Yummy food and even a pool
    6. Alan and I miraculously having a room to ourselves- yay!
    7. The group of people we are with. 🙂
    8. Being able to FaceTime mom ❤️

    We have 15 miles to do tomorrow and then about 17 the next day going into Burgos where we have made a reservation at a hotel...and we’re excited for that!
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  • Day8

    Seventh stop - Belorado

    May 6, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Today was a forced rest day - took the bus to the next stop due to my ankle/knee that needed rest. Disappointed at first, I had the chance to discover the beautiful town of Belorado more in depth and enjoy the sun that has finally come out. Not too bad in the endRead more

  • Day19

    Castildelgado - Belorado

    September 6 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Heute hieß es früh aufstehen, denn das Frühstück war um 7 Uhr angesagt. Pilger stehen offenbar früher auf. Die anderen Pilger waren schon auf und davon, als ich zum Frühstückstisch runterging. Sie hatten mir gesagt, sie hätten eine Tagesetappe von rund 30 km in Sinn 😯. Ungefähr um 8:15 Uhr machte ich mich auch bereit, da die Unterkunft bis 8:30 Uhr verlassen werden musste. Das Dorf war noch total verlassen. Es war noch niemand zu sehen. Da wach war, lief in zuerst in eine falsche Richtung. Ein wohlmeinender Pilger rief mir noch nach, ich müsse umkehren, was ich dann auch tat. Dann ging es wieder über weite Felder, diesmal bei Nieselregen. So kam wieder einmal der Regenschutz zum Einsatz. In Villamayor del Rio genehmigt ich mir einen Kaffee. Es war ein relativ nobles Restaurant, in dem praktisch alles ausser das Zahlen verboten war ( Es waren sicher fünf Sachen verboten, darunter auch das Schuhe Ausziehen, Rucksäcke reinnehmen etc. - siehe Foto 😂). Mangels Alternativen habe ich halt brav gespurt 😇. Nach dreieinhalb Stunden kam ich dann in Belorado, meinem Etappenziel, an. Belorado ist ein schmuckes Städtchen mit vielen schönen Häusern, jedoch auch mit vielen Häusern, die zum Verkauf stehen, z. T. böse Ruinen, die wohl so schnell keinen Käufer finden werden. Am frühen Nachmittag bezog ich mein Zimmer und ging dann das Städtchen erkunden. Auf einer Anhöhe hatte es auch noch eine Ruine, die ich besichtigte und mir einen schönen Ausblick erlaubte. Morgen werde ich quasi hybrid unterwegs sein. Ich werde zuerst mit dem Bus nach Burgos fahren und von dort dann nach Rabé de las Calzadas weiterlaufen.
    Mein Rucksack wird dieses Mal von der spanischen Post befördert. Hoffe mal dass das klappt 😁. Wer Lust und Zeit hat bitte Daumen drücken 🤓. Danke im voraus 🤗
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  • Day13

    Santo Doningo de la calzada-Belorado

    May 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    23 km plus loin, une autre journée sans histoire. Nous avons marché avec des blessures. nous avons quitté le Rioja pour le Castella y leōn. Nous avons marché avec nos deux nouvelles amies du Minnesota. Toujours de beaux paysages. Lorsque nous sommes arrivé à Belorado, nous n’avons pas trouvé de chambre. Une auberge a été notre seul option.Read more

  • Day12

    Belorado 22 km

    September 11, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Langsam geht es vorwärts, doch glücklich bin ich, dass es klapt mit Laufen. Habe mich mit Tapen verducht und muss sagen das klappt bestens. Im Moment gleichen die Tage den anderen. Englisch ist die Sprache die auf dem Weg gesprochen wird.Read more

  • Day23

    More photos from today - Belorado

    September 14, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    A few more photos...somehow this post has jumped ahead of the first one of photos...maybe because the first photo was chronologically earlier!! Who knows, but at least they uploaded!

  • Day17

    Finding Dad

    May 19, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    He died when I was 10 years old. It's a wound that's never stopped hurting. Touching it almost always leaves me feeling angry...ripped off...sad.

    Last night, when I remembered that today's the anniversary of when he left, I expected the day would be a sad one. But somehow, when I put my foot on the path this morning, I found space for a new thought-- gratitude-- and the ability to decide "No, this *won't* be a sad day!"

    And so I walked, 30km through the Spanish countryside-- along rich fields, over rolling hills, through centuries-old villages-- and I felt thankful.

    Thankful I had eyes to see the amazing greens and blues and browns and whites surrounding me.

    Thankful for my body, moving me through space and able to enjoy cool morning breezes and the warm afternoon sun.

    Thankful for a heart that lets me appreciate the beauty I see, and form connections with the people I meet.

    Thankful for the curious mind that led me to choose this adventure, and squeeze all I can from it.

    And Thankful to my Dad for everything he did to give me this.

    I don't know how long this will last. I don't know how often I'll find the grace to say "No, this *won't* be a sad day!"

    But I had today, sore feet and all, and I'm good with that. Thanks Dad. I love you.
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  • Day20

    To the Artists

    September 18, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    I was struck today by how much the early church and present day Camino support the artistic community. Generations of stonemasons and sculptors built the cathedrals we've visited. Painters and stained glass artists colored them. Today, municipalities have put a lot of money into sculptures, murals, logos and all manner of public art to honor the pilgrims. But let's not forget the Chefs whose work may not be as permanent, but just as appreciated!Read more

  • Day16

    Santo Domingo to Belorado - 22 km

    October 7, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    It was quite chilly this morning, frost on the pumpkin and I could have used more clothing. Glad I kept the throw-a-way plaid shirt as it came in quite helpful.

    Think I'm getting the hang of the camino and have learned that my pack is now a permanent part of me. Will sleep with it on one day soon I'm sure.

    Anyway, when I arrive at the albergue and check in, I then stake out my bed and check out the shower facilities to determine if I need to bring the suction cup hangers and how much clothing. Some have no hooks, some have hooks inside the shower facility, but everything gets soaked during the brief shower. Some only permit 5 minutes so one must be quick.

    Once that is done and it's a wash day, a race for the sinks to handwash, then hang on the lines. Always a battle for the sunshine.

    Lunch is next and whatever I can get will suffice.

    Dinner is at 8 pm (but that varies if I am at a place that caters to the pilgrims like today).

    Lights out at 10, up at 6 or so and the days walk begins.

    Best part of the day is coffee at a cafe after walking for an hour or two. This morning I ate a couple of chocolate donuts I purchased at a mercado yesterday. They got me going and an apple after coffee was enough to tide me over until I arrived at the albergue where I got a fabulous lunch consisting of a hugh salad, fried eggs and ham, flan for desert and all chased down with wine. Yummy, now for dinner!

    My walk was quite pretty today and the hills were moderate so I am thankful for an easier day with the terrain. Area appears to be somewhat arid, but perhaps they are not having a lot of rain right now.

    Laundry is in the washer and will put in the dryer soon. While waiting for the laundry, I met a couple from Scotland. They use a Spanish company to book reservations and transport their baggage and walk a week or so each year. A nice way to approach the Camino as age gets the best of all of us. Also shared a beer with a couple from Delaware that I met in Madrid. Retired young and traveling as much as possible.

    The sign is interesting as I have over 500 km to walk, and the sign shows all the communities I'll pass through on my way to la Laguna de Castillo with well over 155 km left to Santiago de Compostilla. Lots of walking yet.

    If you are interested in how far I've walked, the challenge will be to check out the web and add it up. That I ain't gonna do 'cause I do not want to know. :)

    PS: Find Pinguins lets me add 6 pics each day so you are getting the best.
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  • Day45

    Santo Domingo to Belorado

    September 17, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Sat, Sept 17: 23 km in much cooler weather (~64°).
    A few critters, more beautiful scenery, and two methods for roasting peppers along the way.

    Pic#1 a sunflower that someone had added a smiley face to
    Pic#4 San Pedro Cathedral in Belorado
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