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  • Day94


    October 25, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    wir sind erstaunlicherweise sehr schnell aus der stadt burgos gekommen. dies dank der navigation von nik und einem tollen fahrradweg. der morgen war noch kalt und düster und je näher wir nach castrojeriz gefahren sind, desto freundlicher wurde das wetter. auf einer fast verlassenen strasse ist uns ein kleines altes auto entgegenkommen und hat angehalten. es war ein helfer irgendeiner kirche, der uns anhänger und äpfel geschenkt hat und natürlich auch den begehrten camino-stempel. wir haben dann etwas der katholischen kirche gespendet. in castrojeriz haben wir ein bungalow auf dem camping gebucht. im gespräch hat sich herausgestellt, dass der vater des besitzers über 30 jahre in ostermundigen bei der emmi gearbeitet hat und jedes jahr im urlaub nach hause gekommen ist. er hat ab und zu in ostermundigen seine ferien verbracht. in castrojeriz war eine unglaubliche ruhe und richtiger erholungsort nach der stadt burgos. nik radelte und sprang noch auf die riesige burg hoch und machte für uns alle ein video von der unglaublichen aussicht. es war für uns der schönste ort bisher. in der kirche wollten wir eigentlich nur den camino-stempel holen, doch der sigrist der kirche hat uns in beschlag genommen und uns die ganze kirche gezeigt. es war eine unglaubliche anzahl von prunkvollen gegenständen in der kirche ausgestellt. fazit des siegrist über uns war, dass wir wohl nicht immer ganz präsent waren im religionsunterricht. wir durften ihm nicht sagen, dass wir eigentlich reformiert sind. weil im grunde genommen gehen ja vor allem katholiken auf den pilgerweg. das dörfchen war früher grösser als burgos, welche heute eine sehr grosse stadt ist und hatte 5 kirchen und 2 klöster. ein teil der kirchen wurden aufgrund eines erdbebens zerstört. heute sind noch 3 vorhanden und 1 kloster ist in privaten händen.Read more

  • Day38

    Camping Camino De Santiago

    November 7, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    What a stunning drive across country from Arguedas. Came through the Rioja region, fields of bright red grape vines as far as the eye could see. The road was smooth black tarmac for most of the journey with long straights that felt like you would never reach the end of, to sweeping bends and tight turns climbing up and downs the hill sides and traditional spanish villages dotted along the way. The only thing that could have made it better would have been to do it in a classic MG Midget or Triumph Vitesse.
    Tonight will be spent on an empty little campsite so that we can carry out some admin.
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  • Day39

    Castillo De Castrojeriz

    November 8, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Sun is shining and we can see the castle through the windscreen of the motorhome. A perfect day for a walk up to take in the views from the top. The road petered out about a third of the way up and from there it was just a narrow dirt track to the top. Well worth the effort as the views from the castle were pretty amazing, shame that photos never do justice to it. Back at the site and time for a spot of lunch before heading to the restaurant tonight for a local speciality lamb dinner.
    Dinner was delicious tonight, leg of lamb cooked outside in a traditional wood fired oven. Our hosts were excellent and after dinner we spent an hour or so laughing and talking with them (even though we don't speak Spanish and they had very limited English). A final treat was hot roasted chestnuts served up by the owner.
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  • Day29

    Day 29e. Castrojeriz, Camino.

    September 2, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We stayed at Albergues Ultreia about half way along the very long main road. Our room is a double private room with en-suite bathroom for 48€. A bit hefty in price. The township is made up of lots of Albergues and Hostels.
    We showered, washed our clothes, walked the Main Street and settled for a beer and nibblies at the bar across from our Albergue.
    We walked the Main Street to the end and viewed the Iglesia de Santo Domingo.
    We also had dinner in the bar across the street from the hotel. Amazingly several of the people we met last night also found their way to the pub looking for company. We spoke with the English "chap" we sat with last night and passed a few words and nods with others who sat at their own tables but seemed to be listening to us chat anyway. It did feel like we established a bit of a group and it was a good night.
    Off to sleep to dream of more dusty roads and second breakfasts and cosy little hamlets and inexpensive beer and early mornings.
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  • Day29

    Day 29c. Church Santa Maria, Castrojeriz

    September 2, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    The Church of Nuestra Señora del Manzano ("Our Lady of Manzano") or Iglesia de Santa María del Manzano is a Catholic church in the town of Castrojeriz, in the province of Burgos. Construction of the current building was begun in 1214, through the will of Queen Berengaria of Castile, daughter of Alfonso VIII of Castile and mother of Ferdinand III of Castile. It is located at the foot of the hill on which the Castle of Castrojeriz stands. It previously held the rank of collegiate church.Read more

  • Day30

    Day 30. Castrojeriz to Frómista, Camino.

    September 3, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Castrojeriz to Frómista a distance of 25 km.
    Breakfast at the bar across from our Albergue and a surprising long 11km walk to second breakfast!!
    About 1 kilometre out of Castrojeriz the track joined a restored section of roman road originally built to provide a solid route across the boggy Odrilla valley. We came across a wooden footbridge across the Rio Odrilla and then a very steep 1050 metre 12% incline walk up to the Alto de Mostelares. You can see old Roman mines where they used to mine for Mica, as you can see the seams of Mica on the hillsides that look like terraces.

    The Meseta is known as The Head section of the Camino. Long stretches with no shade and no villages so plenty of time for thinking. That worked well for Susie but for Ron only the first 50m and then he had nothing to think about.

    The earlier stages generally have a village every 5km.
    An unforgiving trek today. Freezing cold this morning, very glarey and hot this afternoon, lots of hills, almost no shade and long stretches between villages.
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  • Day127


    July 6, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    July 6th

    We walked about 12/13 miles to Castrojeriz today, which takes us over the 200 mile mark. Woohoo! This village was established by Count Muño (or Nuño Nuñez), who defended the fort at the end of the ninth century against the Arabs. Before that it had been a Celtiberian, Roman and Visigoth fortress. We are staying at an albergue that is in a building that is 500 years old. 😳 The locals say that kings and queens would stop here to stay...crazy old history over here!

    We are really enjoying walking in the early morning with the sounds of the birds as the sun rises. Most of our walk today was along dirt roads or paths with just a little road walking. We had a nice breeze again, and it did not get too hot. One of the videos I added has the sounds of the birds.

    When we walked through the Arc de San Anton today, we could hear some wonderful jazz music coming from a bar/cafe area. We stopped in for drinks and met such a nice man running it. I’m talking with him, he gave us his motto on life: “One should only work for life...Never live to work. When you work for life, then you are happy, you have family, you have friends. You must know that is the important thing. Living to work is an unhappy life.” Very wise words spoken by an extremely happy man 🙂

    We also met a man named Everett (from Los Angeles) who has been walking on the Camino since June 1st. His story of how long it took him to hike up and over the Pyrenees was inspiring. Inspiring because he did not give up, and kept on going for 14 hours! So far he has only been able to do about 10 kilometers a day, but he hopes to lengthen that with the new insoles he bought today. You would like Everett. Maybe we will see him again down the path. I sure hope so. I included a picture of Alan with him.

    I have heard people say that the Camino is special, and we agree. A nineteen year old German boy said today that the Camino is how the whole world should be, and it’s so true. The leaders of the world could learn a lot from this.
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  • Day1

    Castrojeriz to Boadillo Del Camino

    September 21, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Hola from Spain! I have been here three days but for a few reasons which include being up for 30+ hours getting here and limited WiFi....I haven’t posted until now. I arrived in Madrid on Thursday morning and after a bus ride and a 9 hour wait in Burgos, I arrived in Castrojeriz....a small town out on the meseta that I walked to last April & May. I arrived around 7 pm and ended up sleeping in their empty wine cellar. It was that or in a hot bunk room with 12 other people. The wine cellar was 20 degrees cooler and I had the place to myself. I have a great sleeping bag and pad so it worked well....slept like a baby. I got up and left around 7am which this time of year is still dark here. I made it to Boadillo Del Camino around 2pm and booked into an albergue. That is it for Friday’s travels....thank you for checking in!Read more

  • Day16


    September 6, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Erstmals Müsli zum Frühstück bekommen und dann erstmal 11 km durch die durchaus schöne Meseta gewandert, in Begleitung eines reizenden Ehepaares aus Vermont, beide 71 und seit 43 Jahren verheiratet. Former health care employees (like literally every other person :))). So ging der halbe Tag schnell um und es fand sich auch ein Plätzchen in der favorisierten Herberge. Ich wurde von der Camino Community für 2 Kochaktionen (Nudeln und Gemüse!) so über den grünen Klee gelobt, dass ich weder Gemüse schneiden noch abwaschen muss, so lange ich nur aus quasi nix ein vegetarisches Essen zaubere. Heute neue Herausforderung: Es gibt nur einen Reiskocher, habe aber schon ein Risitto-Rezept gefunden, das man da zubereiten kann.
    Creepy situation:
    Nach einem Aggressionsausbruch eines Pilgers während der Mittagspause, sind hier alle sehr verstört. Ein Pilger kannte ihn von der Nacht davor und konnte den Typen beruhigen, aber wenn der nochmal so austickt, bin ich die Erste, die die Polizei ruft. Das Gute daran ist: Wir sind viiiiiele :)
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  • Day16


    September 6, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    25 km über einen zwischenzeitlich wunderbaren Weg mit eindrucksvollem Hügel. Der erste Zwischenstopp ist eine alte Herberge aus dem 13. Jhdt, in der auch heute noch Pilger übernachten können. Der erste Café con Leche wieder 11 km weg, aber unser Hospitalero hatte alle mit halbfrischem Kaffee und geröstetem Brot versorgt. Er hat uns auch überzeugt, bis Fromista zu laufen, statt in Boadilla del Camino zu bleiben (dort gab es aber als Lunch einen wunderbar saftigen Mandelkuchen!). In Fromista wurden wir in eine neuere Herberge geschickt, die absolut toll ist und wo auch US-Camino-Freundinnen schon Stellung bezogen haben. Überall hängen tolle Bilder, der Eigentümer ist Künstler! Wir dürfen die voll ausgestattete Küche nutzen - Zeit für ein Curry!Read more

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