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    • Day13

      Belorado 9 miles

      July 11, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

      Mantras
      Patience
      Look up
      I will listen to my body
      I am grateful to my body for carrying me on this journey

      Every step I take is somewhere I’ve never beenI love this. Tonight after the walk, a shower and a nap, was HOURS of singing and dancing with fellow pilgrims! It was a much needed celebration in the spirit of the Camino. I am living my best life right now and I don’t want it to end!!Read more

      Such gorgeous scenery. Love the wildflowers. BTW, you're glowing in your selfies. The Camino is definitely agreeing with you! Hugs to you! [David Christensen]

      7/12/21Reply
      My Camino

      Thank you Dave!!

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    • Day14

      20 miles Tardajos

      July 12, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

      Mantras
      Start now, there may not be a tomorrow

      Last night, I tried to invite another pilgrim to dinner with our Camino family.
      Me: hola, hungry? (Gesturing with my hand towards my mouth)
      Her: yes
      Me: Come! (Gesturing with a “come here” hand motion then wait upstairs for her to arrive)
      Her: no thank you for food. I thought you asked if I was from Hungary.
      Me: oh, no. Where are you from?
      Her: Hungary
      Me: 🤦🏼‍♀️

      I had a long day today again, at 9 hours. Over 30km in the cold and then the heat. I’ve got something weird happening to my feet! They are so swollen, feel bruised, and have rashes that creep up my legs. Gross! Not sure what is happening. Trying new things tomorrow to hopefully fix it.

      Exhausted. Going to bed.

      PS I ordered breaded chicken breast for dinner. Not sure what I actually got. Made me giggle.
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      Traveler

      https://www.caminocomfort.com/pilgrim-needs-cam…

      7/13/21Reply
      My Camino

      Thank you Kerry! I think the rash is a hikers rash! It’s gone this morning. Now I have bad swelling on the top of my foot! Sprained tendon maybe? Yikes! I’ll rest later. Ha

      7/14/21Reply
      Traveler

      Love your photos and tales from the journey.

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    • Day24

      Recuperating in León

      July 22, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

      Mantras
      Don’t give up
      Be proud of how far you’ve come!
      Learn the language
      Absorb the culture
      Elevate the sausage foot!
      “Resting is strength” -Lisa❤️

      Sooooo I took a day to rest my leg in the gorgeous city of León. I love it here. I could live here forever. For two days I’ve rested, iced, elevated, contemplated, cried, pouted, thrown pity parties, and visited the hospital. My ligaments are very unhappy that I walked 290 miles in 20 days. Ok, I get that. I asked too much of my 44 yo somewhat lumpy body. I spent time making amends with my body and showing the respect it deserved.

      I am separated from my Camino family now and that has also been an unexpected sadness. When planning a solo trip, I had no idea how important the connections would be with other peregrinos. We hold hope and love and laughter for each other along the way. We may not see each other all day or sometimes for a few days but we eat together in the evenings when we can and we walk with each other when someone needs support. I feel alone, together…and it’s been magical.

      The other night, I KNEW THE MOST SPANISH at the dinner table!!! It felt amazing. In previous trips,to the more touristy places in Europe, there has always been a plethora of people who speak English. Here, that is not the case. It’s respectful to try to speak as much Spanish as possible. At the beginning of this journey, it felt a bit helpless to not be able to communicate but today, I navigated by myself and asked for help in Spanish several times along the way. I made it to my bus.

      Yes, I’m on a bus today. I decided to modify my journey in order to make peace with my body. I am taking a bus 30k (19 mi) forward. I will stay at a Buddhist-like, zen albergue surrounded by gardens, yoga, wonderful food, dogs, cats, and other peregrinos. Tomorrow I will return to the Camino and modify my days to under 20k and at a much slower pace, until I feel healed. This pace/rate may mean another bus ride in the future and I will consider that when the time comes.

      The Camino. The way.
      Every peregrino who travels the Camino does it there own way. That’s what makes it THEIR Camino. I am finally understanding this and I am proud of MY Camino. I have 305km (190 mi) of magic and beauty ahead of me and I will treasure every fucking precious moment of it!!

      PS if I don’t stop shoving my face with bread, pastries, and fried tapas, I will certainly be a bit lumpier upon my return!! I ate healthy cereal today…I’m such an adult. The end.
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      Traveler

      What a journey you are on! So proud and inspired by you always! 💞

      7/22/21Reply
      Traveler

      Yay for the bus!

      7/22/21Reply

      Wow. A badass with a shitload of wisdom - you fucking rock! [Tessa]

      7/23/21Reply
      Traveler

      Beautiful city!

      7/24/21Reply
       
    • Day26

      Leon

      July 27, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      We are in Leon, after a pretty easy day of walking. Got to our pension around 1:30, cleaned up, and found a desperately needed laundromat.

      We’re taking a layover day here, looking forward to sleeping in! Should be one more day of flat country walking when we leave Leon, then we should be back to rolling hills/mountains and towns made of stone instead of brick.

      Our pension is close to the cathedral, which is convenient. The cathedral is pretty impressive. Tomorrow we’ll go inside to see the stained glass windows it is famous for, and see some of the other sights Leon has to offer.

      The old part of town is called the Barrio Húmedo, or “Humid Neighborhood” because of all of the liquids consumed there. It’s got narrow streets and alleys and lots of bars/restaurants with tables jammed in out front. We’re going there for dinner tonight.
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      Traveler

      When was the cathedral built?

      7/27/21Reply

      Drink plenty of that Spanish wine while you have a day off. 🍷😎 [Tim McCarty]

      7/28/21Reply
      Traveler

      Have a nice rest!

      7/28/21Reply
      Traveler

      We loved Leon! The cathedral is amazing! Our pension was right across the plaza from the cathedral. Hopefully you get to experience the market. Lots of fresh meat, cheese, bread, etc.!

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    • Day2

      Made it to Leon

      September 7, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Well I wouldn’t say I had the best of luck today, but I am here in Leon and very happy about that! The flight from Madrid arrived early, and we zoomed through immigration. Then there was no wait at the health check where they looked at my vaccination card and then another tiny line to show the QR code. This is a breeze, I thought. About a half hour from feet on the ground till I exited the airport.

      Then my luck took a turn for the worse. I got on the intra-airport bus to go to the post office in Terminal one so I could mail my duffel bag up to Santiago. When I got there, I learned the post office was closed because of Covid. Oh well, I headed back to Terminal 4 to get a cup of coffee, but first I checked about my bus at the ticket office outside. There I learned there was an earlier bus leaving three minutes later, but there was no time for me to change my ticket and get on it.

      Then I learned I could not get back into the terminal without a boarding pass. So I had a two hour wait at the bus stop without being able to get my first Spanish café con leche. At least I was outside. But don’t think I could take off my mask because the regulations require one inside and out in urban areas.

      Amazing what a shower can do. It’s a beautiful city and I’m glad that I’ll be here all day tomorrow when a friend who lives about 50 miles away comes to see me.
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      Traveler

      My sister just arrived in Spain this morning. She and her daughter are doing an abbreviated (2 week) trek. This is their first time. Safe travels!

      9/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      I am so very excited to be by your side as you do your trip…”virtually” by your side. 😉

      9/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      Laurie, you have no idea how happy this makes me. Buen Camino. It will be a treat to walk along with you, virtually!

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    • Day2

      Leon at night

      September 7, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      I’ll bet I have walked through Leon at least seven or eight times. Many Caminos intersect here or near here— The Francés, Madrid, Salvador, and Vadiniense are the ones that come to mind. But when you’re walking through, you have to go to bed early, and you don’t get to see the city at night.

      So, since I am taking a jetlag day tomorrow, which I rarely do, I thought I would spend tonight walking to some of my favorite monuments to see them lit up. Gorgeous, beautiful, stunning, those are just a few adjectives that come to mind. Since I slept a few hours on the plane, I’m really not too tired, so carpe diem. Beautiful buildings are beautiful at any time of day, but at night they are really special. Even a favorite little cheese store looks magical.
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      Traveler

      The cathedral is splendid! Hoping your jetlag day is a joy.

      9/8/21Reply
      Traveler

      beautiful photo and architecture.

      9/8/21Reply
      Traveler

      everything is so clean; I remember when we were in Germany in 2003, how all of the streets and sidewalks were so clean. Impressive!

      9/8/21Reply
      Traveler

      Stunning! I'll be spending two nights in León next month. I like the idea of a night-time ramble.

      9/9/21Reply
       
    • Day4

      First walking day!

      September 9, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Last night I was like a 10-year-old trying to get to sleep on Christmas Eve. It just wouldn’t happen. I’m sure I got a few hours sleep though. After a cup of instant coffee (caffeine is the desired ingredient more than taste), at about seven I put my headlamp on and headed out. Sunrise is about 8 am now!

      It was a great walking day, cloudy at the beginning and then cooler and breezy towards the end. Leaving big cities is usually not so much fun, but there is a dirt path along the river that took me from the parador all the way to the first town about 10 km out. I have seen one other pilgrim, but he was going to stop in the town before I did. Lots of other people out on the trail though, all wearing masks and all saying Buen Camino to me.

      In the woods I found another great use for my mask. I put it on to keep the gnats out of my nose and mouth. Then when I got too hot, I would take it off and leave it off until a gnat either flew into my nose or my mouth. Then I would put the mask on and start the drill all over again.

      I didn’t remember this stage as being so difficult. I knew it was about 38 km, with maybe 400 m of elevation gain. But I was dragging at the end, and then I realized that the last time I did this stage I was five years younger and I had been walking for three weeks.

      I am walking through mining country and now that the coal industry isn’t totally shut down in Spain, the towns that are left behind are really suffering. So sad.

      After a shower and clothes wash, I met up with Ender, the Salvador angel who started it all. The first time I walked there was very little marking, and he took care of that along with a guidebook. We had a good Camino Chet.

      Tomorrow is the most beautiful mountain stage, I can’t wait and the weather looks good.
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      Traveler

      This brings back happy Salvador memories for me! I love that photo of you and Ender - I'm sure he was very happy to see you again. Are you in la Pola de Gordón? Good luck tomorrow x

      9/9/21Reply
      Alan Sykes

      the Quince de Mayo in La Pola de Gordón? It may not be the poshest hostal in Spain, but when Ender delivered me there soaking wet one cold November day it was one of the most welcome. You won't be taking the glorious mountain Olvidado route to La Magdalena mañana, but I expect your northern road must be good too.

      9/9/21Reply
      Traveler

      And a dentist's office upstairs, just in case. So wonderful to see your pics - especially the one of you and Ender. Buen camino today - may it be a glorious day!

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    • Day13

      Eine große Kathedrale

      September 10, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Die Kathedrale in Burgos ist der Mittelpunkt der Stadt. Sie ist unglaublich groß und es gibt hier Pilgersegnungen. Angesichts der nun folgenden Meseta sicher keine schlechte Idee, sie einmal zu besuchen.Read more

      Traveler

      sieht toll aus.

      9/10/21Reply
      Traveler

      Das finde ich auch. Und sie ist noch viel größer!

      9/10/21Reply
      Traveler

      Beeindruckend! Aber ich dachte du legst die Füße hoch??? Und schonst dich???

      9/10/21Reply
      Traveler

      Zur Albergue durfte ich aber noch?

      9/10/21Reply
      Traveler

      ta Heidi, dein Bruder hat immer Hummeln im ... (oder Moskito's an den Beinen! 😞)

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    • Day5

      MOUNTAINS!!!!

      September 10, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Today was 7 kms shorter than yesterday but with 1100 m elevation gain (that’s a lot for me and more than twice yesterday’s). My GPS tells me my “moving time” today was 2minutes more than yesterday so I guess it all evens out. But I did stop a lot more today. There were two separate mountain segments, with a little town in between, but I took my rests up in the mountains, basically gaping and not believing that I was here. It was one of those days that was really exhausting, glorious, and fulfilling all at the same time. My favorite!

      On the walk today I thought about things that were different from my last walk here. I came up with a few things that I spend more time on now and things I spend less time on now.

      Less time.
      Number one —no time spent eating blackberries because they aren’t ripe. Last time I gorged myself and stopped about every 2 feet.

      Number two— no time spent standing paralyzed by barking dogs who are running towards me. Now, I just keep walking, not even batting and eye when one kept circling me and barking.

      Number three— no time spent trying to avoid livestock that is standing in my way. I just walk straight through and they will move or not. But so far not one has attacked me.

      Now for the things I spend more time on.
      Number one— I spend way more time getting up and moving again after a rest.

      Number two— it takes me at least twice as long to descend than it did five years ago.

      Number three— it takes me a lot longer to convince myself that I should not take the road shortcut, but rather should go up or down and around to avoid the road. There were a couple of times today when I was mighty tempted, but in the end I stuck with the Camino path!

      Maybe tomorrow I will ponder more weighty things.
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      Traveler

      So beautiful Laurie!! Your pictures capture your words.

      9/10/21Reply
      Traveler

      Love your photos. Laurie, does this path have sections with steep drop off? Thanks.

      9/10/21Reply
      Laurie Reynolds

      There are narrow paths but the drop offs aren’t steep. If you fell, you would roll, not plummet.

      9/11/21Reply
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    • Day15

      Beginn der Meseta

      September 12, 2021 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

      Unsicher, ob ich heute eine Etappe laufen sollte, stieg ich zunächst noch einmal zum alten Castillo hinauf. Von dort sollte man, so ein Pilgerführer, einen wunderbaren Blick auf die Stadt Burgos haben. Das kann ich nun bestätigen - mit Beinah-Sonnenaufgang sogar!

      Nachdem ich Burgos verlassen hatte, wurde die Landschaft öder. Lieblichkeit und Grün wichen den Vorläufern der Hochebene. Alles war gelb, braun und ausgetrocknet. Ich hatte genügend zu trinken dabei und die Beine machten richtig gut mit. Eigentlich wollte ich erst einmal nur bis zu 10 km probieren. Frühstück fand ich bei 12 km. Und eigentlich wollte ich dann, wenn die Beine doch leichte Schmerzen zeigen, den Bus nehmen. Eine Bushaltestelle gab es aber nicht. Also musste ich 21 km weiterlaufen und das ging dann sogar noch besser.

      Ich traf auf Andrea (Italien), Lydia (USA), Esther (Ukraine) und Swetlana (Russland) und schloss mich ihnen an. Lydia hatte leider schon einige Orte vorher eine Herberge gebucht und so liefen wir nur noch zu viert bis Hontanas. Es wurde heiß. Aus 14°C wurden über 31°C.
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      Traveler

      Hi, ich freue mich total für dich 😊, dass du endlich wieder wandern kannst. Und das 1. Bild sieht ja mal megageil aus… LG!

      9/12/21Reply
      Traveler

      Im Nachhinein muss ich sagen, dass ich länger nicht hätte warten dürfen. Ich hatte ja Kondition aufgebaut und auch gewisse Muskeln. Die Etappen werden jetzt länger und wenn ich noch lange gewartet hätte, dann hätte ich eine so lange Tour wie heute nicht mehr machen können.

      9/12/21Reply
      Traveler

      Schön, dass es heute so gut geklappt hat. 👍

      9/12/21Reply
      Traveler

      Ich war total erleichtert. Ja, morgen geht es gleich nochmal 28 km weiter.

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