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Bercianos del Real Camino

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  • Day25

    Bercianos to Mansilla - 16.7 miles

    October 16, 2017 in Spain

    Once again, I left before breakfast and walked into Bill from Connecticut that is in Europe for about three months. An older gentleman that met a young lady from Holland and has thoughts of walking the Camino again, with her. Well now, let your imagination take you where it will!

    The first pic is obvious but I thought it was kind of different with my headlight illuminating it. Do not understand why it appears on its side as I took it vertical. ..anyway, must be find penguins.

    Ran into the two Frenchmen that I first met at Orisson back on day two (still talking about the snorer that kept all awake that night) at my breakfast break so we are on the same schedule, but that is about to change as I am spending three nights in Leon to rest up, smell many roses, and get my stomach back in shape as I am still not eating as I should.

    Not sure of the fruit in the second picture so perhaps someone can comment. They appear to be a type of pepper and my guess is an abinero pepper (check my spelling on this one).

    The walk was somewhat like yesterday - along the road, but I am getting closer to the end of the Meseta. More greenery and more humidity. That reminds me that this mornings weather forecast called for showers and cool and breezy weather so I got all decked out in my finest rain gear...rain paints and gaters initially, and walked out into the dark. It did sprinkle enough to throw on the poncho and dampen the dirt so every footfall did not result in a cloud of dust, but the downpour did not occur.

    Thought the canal shot was interesting. Reminds me of the LA drain system except this is used to irrigate the fields, and Spain does have a high speed rail system. Had to put my phone camera on speed control to capture this one.

    Met the first two pilgrims from Norway this morning as well. They are walking from Burgos to Leon and we chatted for a bit. They too had heard of Willie Nelson and his song "on the road again ". Saw them in Mansilla at the hostel I was trying to get a room in, but the owner only had a three bed room and she wanted 40 euro so I kept walking. Another was closed for the season and I think the third one I tried was out to lunch so I stopped by the hotel and got a room with a private shower. One thing I will always appreciate from this experience is how nice and comfy my shower is at home. Roomy, all the hot water I want, can take a leasurly shower, and not have to hug the wall to get the water to drip out the shower head on to my head. We are fortunate to enjoy the benefits in and of our country, and the hard work that so many engage in.

    There was mercado in the town square and I visited it to graze and admire all the fruits and veggies available, but the vendors were in the process of loading up so I found a supermercado and got what I wanted (yogurt, apples, apricots and some hand cream - the Meseta really dries things out).

    Also noticed that Spain is increasing the highway system. Not sure why as I seldom see more than a few cars at a time, but I guess they are planning for the future. They should perhaps visit Atlanta, GA and will soon understand what traffic is all about.

    This evening the hotel restaurant is having a pretty good meal from what I can tell from the menu so I will eat there and stay in as the temperature is getting quite chilly.

    Tomorrow, Leon, and some much needed R&R!
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  • Day16

    Bercianos, 13.10.2017, 15:00

    October 13, 2017 in Spain

    Nach einer halbwegs guten Nacht packen die Italiener und ich gegen halb 8 unsere Sachen. Haben uns gestern freundlicherweise eine Wäsche geteilt. Im Bad sehe ich einigen Frauen beim Schminken zu. Ernsthaft jetzt? Nicht mal hier wollt ihr etwas mehr Natürlichkeit zeigen? Das Zeug muss man ja auch alles mitschleppen…
    Draußen treffe ich glücklicherweise gerade noch Alice und kann ihr ein paar Joghurts und ein Croissant schenken. Hatten gestern vereinbart dass wir gemeinsam einkaufen, weil es z.B. Joghurt meistens nur im 4er-Pack gibt. Hab Alice nach der Massage aber nicht mehr getroffen und einfach selbst eingekauft.
    In der Bar bekomme ich einen Café con Leche und verspeise mein selbst mitgebrachtes Frühstück, Muffin und Croissants und Joghurt. Bleibt sogar etwas fürs Mittag über.

    Ich gehe langsam los. Heute sind mir entschieden zu viele Leute auf der Piste, ich lasse erstmal alle vor. Interessanterweise treffe ich sogar mehrere kleine Grüppchen, die scheinbar den ganzen Weg gemeinsam laufen und teilweise sogar die gleichen Rucksäcke haben, wie albern. Ich halte das gemeinsame Gehen für falsch. Jeder sollte allein und in seinem eigenen Tempo gehen. Außerdem lassen sich besonders diese Gruppen gerne ihr Gepäck zur nächsten Herberge transportieren und gehen so tagsüber ohne Rucksack. Das sind keine Pilger, das sind Spaziergänger!

    Der Weg führt durch mehrere kleine Kaffs. Eines heißt San Nicolás. Viele Dörfer heißen hier San Nicolás oder San Martín. Gleichzeitig heißen auch viele Kirchen in anderen Orten so. Vieles wird nach Heiligen benannt und Sankt Nikolaus und Sankt Martin sind scheinbar ganz besonders beliebt.
    Landschaftlich ist die Strecke heute nicht sehr aufregend. Es geht abwechselnd entweder durch die Felder oder an der Hauptstraße entlang. Vor Sahagún machen die meisten einen Abstecher zu einer kleinen, fast immer abgeschlossenen Kapelle. Die ist eigentlich unspektakulär. Kurz dahinter hat sich die Stadt ein Denkmal aufgestellt, das die geografische Mitte des Caminos symbolisiert. Die Mitte liegt zwar bereits hinter mir, aber für ein symbolträchtiges Foto habe auch ich etwas übrig.

    Ich möchte heute unzählige Pausen machen. Immer wieder muss ich mich zwingen, normal zu gehen. Der Körper fällt automatisch in eine andere Gangart, um Schmerzen zu umgehen oder erträglicher zu machen. Das ist aber nur kurzfristig der Fall. Langfristig werden dadurch andere Stellen zu stark belastet. So wie z.B. meine Fußballen, die heute trotz gestriger Massage extrem druckempfindlich sind. Das Abrollen der Fußsohle fällt nicht so ganz leicht. Und nach jeder Pause geht es sehr langsam weiter, bis man sich wieder eingelaufen hat.

    Obwohl ich heute nur 24 Kilometer gehe, brauche ich sehr lange bis Bercianos del Real Camino (noch längerer Name). Die Herberge, die ich mir ausgesucht habe, ist bereits voll! Sowas hab ich noch nie erlebt. Also humpele ich zur kirchlichen Herberge, in der Bett, Abendessen und Frühstück gegen eine Spende bereitgestellt werden. An der Meditation möchte ich heute allerdings nicht teilnehmen. Die Frau meint es würde eine Kerze herumgereicht und jeder könne was sagen oder auch nicht. Nö. Muss leider bis 19:30 Uhr warten, dann gibt es erst Abendessen. Und Frühstück morgen nur bis 7:30 Uhr. Was sind denn das für Zeiten bitte?
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  • Day11

    10 Bercianos del Real Camino 16km

    August 2, 2017 in Spain

    Until now I've met at least 15 other pilgrims - what a difference to the two in the last 9 days !
    One beer + one fresh orange juice in Bar Casa del Pelegrino, and I've booked my train to Madrid on Saturday 8:40 for 39e and a room in Hostal España in Leon for 2 nights (76e), so tomorrow is definitely my last day on the Camino.

  • Day29

    Day 24 - Bercianos to Reliegos

    September 10 in Spain

    The albergue in Bercianos last night was another spot run by volunteers who asked only for donations in return for a bed with dinner and breakfast. I couldn’t believe the numbers of people that rolled into that place. We had over 40 for dinner. With a blessing done to a rap beat to a post dinner Camino sing-along to the tune of “la Bamba”, the hospitaliteros really made the evening fun.

    Following dinner clean-up, we headed up a hill behind the albergue to watch the sunset and share in a tradition of thanksgiving for the time on pilgrimage. As the sun set, we were surrounded by hundreds of swallows flocking together and swirling around the hill in a dusky dance. It was an amazing sight.

    The next morning began with a flashlight beam sneaking its way around my eye mask at 5:30 in the morning. An early wake-up meant an early day on the road. Today I planned to do about twelve miles instead of a standard ten, so the early start was a good thing.

    I left the albergue on the edge of town alone and headed toward the last intersection. Like most mornings, the dogs let everyone know that you’re passing. This time, though, there was a pack of them carrying on at the edges of the light of the intersection. So, I decided to wait for the next group of pilgrims so that I could have a pack of my own. It didn’t take long for the next pilgrims to arrive. We continued in the dark under a black sky filled with stars.

    The towns are more spread out on the meseta, so taking food and water breaks whenever the opportunity presents itself becomes important. After two hours on the trail, I stopped at the only open business for miles and had a bit of Spanish tortilla for breakfast.

    Arriving in Reliegos before the albergue opened, I had to cool my heels outside the local bar for about an hour. Albergue Ada is a lovely place that serves vegetarian food. My dinner mates were two social workers from New Zealand and a student from Brazil. Being able to meet people from around the world is a great part of the Camino.
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