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Castromayor

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  • Day24

    Der Aufstieg

    April 28 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Nach einem 9 km Marsch heute Morgen und einem anschliessenden, ausgiebigen Frühstück wurden wir vor die Wahl gestellt: entweder wir gehen 12 km über einen Berg oder wir gehen 17 km lang der Strasse entlang um den Berg herum. Nach langem Hin und Her entschied ich mich schlussendlich doch für den Berg.
    Kurz vor dem Berg ging es noch einige Meter eben voran. Als der erste steile Anstieg in Sicht kam, setzte ich mich erst mal hin und kürzte meine Hosenbeine, da die Sonne heute ganz schön brannte. Danach blieb ich sitzen und wartete auf einen Motivatinsschub. Und wartete. Und wartete. Irgdendwann lief ich dann doch los. Beim Betrachten der Steigung wusste ich, dass ich sterben würde. Ich sagte mir, dass ich einfach viele Pausen machen würde und falls es nicht mehr geht, werde ich einfach ein bisschen Musik hören. Ich stieg also auf. Weiter und weiter. Und es lief gut. Sehr gut! Obwohl ich nach jeder Kurve dachte, jetzt kommt dann gleich die Krise, kam sie nicht. Irgendwann erreichte ich den Waldrand und bemerkte, dass ich ja bereits schon fast oben war. Wie konnte das denn so plötzlich sein?

    In diesem Augenblick überkam mich ein Moment unfassbarer Dankbarkeit. Ich bin so dankbar zwei funktionierende Füsse zu haben, zwei Beine, die mich den Berg hochzustemmen schaffen, ein Herz, das genügend pumpen mag und ein Kopf, der mich überhaupt erst auf solche Ideen bringt. Es ist ausserdem ein unglaublich tolles Gefühl, den eigenen Trainingsfortschritt mitverfolgen zu können. Bei Steigungen wie der heutigen wäre ich früher deutlich schneller ausser Atem gekommen, heute dagegen war das alles einfach irgendwie easy peasy! Der menschliche Körper ist einfach ein unglaubliches Phänomen, das wir alle mehr zu schätzen lernen sollten :)

    Nach knapp 30 km kamen wir dann in eine der schönsten Herbergern am ganzen Camino. Hier trafen wir wieder auf den Italiener Fabio sowie die beiden Deutschen Daniel und Sascha.
    Die Strecke heute war im Allgemeinen sehr schön, womit ich ehrlich gesagt gar nicht mehr gerechnet habe. Nach einem supee leckeren Pilgermenü heute Abend falle ich jetzt nur noch tot ins Bett. Gute Nacht!
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  • Day21

    OMG

    September 26, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Pffff, wat een day, what a day!
    Actually let's start with yesterday, it was the day that I walked the most km's in one day up to now. A whopping 29 km! I left in the morning from Ribadeo, where I had spent the night in a hostal, because the albergue was just to cold and gross for my taste. I ended up sharing a room with a woman from Madrid, who was ending her camino in Ribadeo.
    If only I knew about the camino when we lived in Madrid! I am sure a lot of our vacays would have been on the camino, with little Luna and Noah 😂.
    Back to the present...... So yesterday was a pretty nice walk. I was having mixed feelings, because from now on the camino is inland so no more sea, but I must say I enjoyed the walk and even had some extra energy to go a bit further than usual. The last few km's I walked with Yolanda and Hugo, so that also made it a bit easier. We ended in Lourenza, which is a small town with a very beautiful cathedral. I had reserved a bed for the 3 of us in a hostal, and we all had a good night's rest.

    Much needed turns out!! Today's stage was about 26 km's but with a lot of uphill climbs! I died a couple of times 😂😂. Anyway, it was also a nice route but a lot of asphalt, so my feet weren't too happy. When we finally came to the town we had to be in, there was a sign with the name of the albergue I had booked, saying 6 km........ Uhm excuse me????
    6 km by car is nothing, but walking it is 1,5 hours..... I had made a mistake in the location of the albergue...... But no harm done! I called the owner and she came and picked us up.

    Wow, this place is beautiful! They even have a pool, the hospitalera is cooking for us, lentejas my favo, and we have our own room, yolanda, hugo and I. O yeah, and we have 6 kms less to walk tomorrow! Only good things! Love it 😃
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  • Day39

    In albergue heaven

    June 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Leaving Mondoñedo, I couldn't find the new official route-- a forest track that is 6 km shorter than the "complementary" route. So I wound up walking the first 18 km almost entirely on asphalt. The views were very nice, the temperature cool, not too much sun, so I really can't complain.

    Until recently I wouldn't have had much of an answer to the question--what is your favorite tree? Since walking in the Bierzo in late spring a few years ago, I have fallen in love with chestnuts. And on today's walk there were many--not as ancient as the ones in the Bierzo where new trees grew out of enormous dead trunks, but beautiful. And when they are in bloom with those long cream colored buds, the smell is sweet and pungent. It was great.

    In the first town of Abadin there is a private albergue that gets good reviews, but I had been alerted to a new Albergue in a restored old stone home about 6 km further on. I think this is probably the nicest Albergue I have ever stayed in, though Casa Carmina last week comes close.

    The owners bought this several hundred year old home four years ago, gutted it, and renovated it all themselves with the help of friends. They've left as much of the original as possible, including the stone oven, some beams, slate, some huge granite vats, etc. The showers are really hot and the water pressure very high- no lukewarm drip on a dirty tile floor today! It is just beautiful, in the middle of nowhere with lots of open yard and lots of shade with reclining chairs.

    Fingers crossed that the owners are successful with their labor of love, O Xistral. I will sing their praises at every opportunity!!
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