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  • Day35

    Climbing lightly

    June 6, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    If you'd told me beforehand that one of my favorite days on the Camino would involve a 2,000 foot climb, I'd have said you were delusional. And yet...

    After leaving Ponferrado I passed through El Bierzo, another of Spain's wine-growing regions. While La Rioja may produce the most famous wines, the landscape I saw here beats it hands down.

    I walked for three days alongside cold clear rivers, and up and down dramatic green ridges draped in zigzagging vineyards and fields.

    But O Cebreiro was always on my mind. I knew it would be the biggest climb since the Pyrenees. I didn't know just how much stronger I'd become in the past month.

    I started my climb on a crisp sunny morning. The first half was the steepest, but I climbed loose and strong, lifted by forests and grasses, and by air freshly scrubbed by a storm the night before. The slope lessened over the second half and the vista opened up, providing sweeping 40-mile views back to the east.

    When I entered O Cebreiro around noon, I was elated and surrounded by Celtic music; more than ready to enjoy lunch and a beer with two Italian friends I just met.

    This was a magic day, and a great lesson in learning to trust my strength more than my fear.
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  • Day27


    June 25, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Last big uphill hike of the Camino is done and dusted. Yet again, all these photos don't even capture anything close to the magical views here...
    I crossed the border to Galicia, too. Which means "GET THE RAINCOATS AND PONCHO OUT"!Read more

  • Day29


    July 17, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Uppe på toppen igen. Här går det upp och ner om vartannat. Sista tuffa backarna är nu avklarade. Från 600m höjd till 1330 m. I kyrkan här så finns nattvardskalken som man tror är den som Jesus använde vid sista måltiden. Den är torkad nu.Read more

  • Day46

    Day of rest on top of the world

    October 7, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We are having a day of total relaxation here in O Cebreiro....altitude is 1330 metres, and it is cold. This is the thing about the Camino this time - the fluctuations from hot to cold! I can’t believe that only on Wednesday we were so hot in Ponferrada that we went back to the hotel to escape the heat...then we arrive here on Saturday and freeze! It was about 3° this morning, and with a smart wool layer, a fleecy turtleneck, a shirt and a down jacket I am only just warm enough...and I have bought some gloves for the early morning walking, as it looks as if it will be cool for a while. Even though, it may warm up a bit more in the afternoons once we are down from these heights.

    So we leisurely went to breakfast at about 9 this morning. It was still misty and foggy, and a whited out view mostly, with just little breaks where the sun was peeping through and the cloud was burning off. This continued during the morning, and now it is blue sky and perfect 360° panorama! Amr and I went for a walk up the hill overlooking this little village, so beautiful. It is a very small place, and quite a place for tourist buses...being Sunday we saw several groups arriving and being taken through the village. They probably weren’t around long enough to see the view transform. However, they would have admired the Celtic stone and slate houses, and the 9th century church - beautiful and simple.

    As we were returning from our walk there on the path were Judy and Dorothy, the Canadian sisters, who had just walked in! Great reunion and just chance! And then, also happenstance, up walked Jessica who had also walked in this morning. So we are back in step, and will probably be more or less in sync now till Santiago. We celebrate by having a bit of lunch together....went to a restaurant up the street which was very busy with locals having Sunday lunch. Now we plan to take our kindles up and sit on the hill in the will just be warm enough to be enjoyable!!

    Must also mention that we are enjoying the Galician food...last night had the delicious cabbage and potato soup...we see the tall cabbages in vegetable gardens lea lettuce...they just pick the leaves and the stems grow taller and taller as more leaves grow. We will have more tonight.
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  • Day45

    Climbed the big mountain, now in Galicia

    October 6, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Well we have done it!! Climbed the biggest ascent of the Camino, and are now in O’Cebreiro for 2 nights! From Amr’s Apple Watch, our statistics for the day are: 14.2 kms, and we ascended 720 metres! Considering that, we both feel pretty good....And the other amazing thing is, the weather prediction was did cloud over during the morning but was high cloud while we were walking, and we had the stunning views...and the showers didn’t start till about 2 o’clock (we arrived at 12.30) fact it is just heavy misty droplets, but the whole surrounding 360° views are whited out. This is an experience for us, as last time we were treated to perfect weather, so now we see what this top of the world often looks like. And the good news is that tomorrow it clears up (in fact the precipitation is meant to stop later this afternoon) and by tomorrow afternoon and Monday when we walk out all is sunny and beautiful again.

    So we set off around 8 this morning in 7° cold, with jackets and layers, and mainly kept them on all day. It did get a bit hot sometimes in the sun going uphill, but basically remained cool and comfortable. It was a long constant uphill walk, but the views became increasingly more spectacular as you ascended which was the reward, and we just plodded slowly.

    We are staying at the same place as last time...very nice and comfortable room. Dinner is included, and instead of having to wait till 8pm, we have to eat any time before 8.30...perfect! After showering we had a lunch of pulpo a la Galega, and a glass of Alberiño- both specialties of Galicia...all is well, and looking forward to a day tomorrow of total relaxation. It is cold!! Goes down to 3° and maximum of about 11°...suits me...out come all the fleeces! Will publish this now and then try for photos...I got yesterday’s ones off, but as more people arrive it may be more difficult..we’ll see.
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  • Day37

    Tag 34 // O Cebreiro

    September 22, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Wie beim letzten Mal gibt es das Erinnerungsfoto auf 1300HM. Es folgen jedoch noch zwei Wellen, einmal 1270HM und einmal 1335HM. Beide Male geht es knappe Hundert Höhenmeter bergab um dann doch wieder bergauf zu müssen. Danach ist es aber geschafft. Nach einem kurzen Flachstück geht es in die rasende Abfahrt Richtung Samos und SarriaRead more

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