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  • Day240

    Cabo Home

    June 28 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Détour de l'autre côté de la rive, jusque la pointe, pour visiter 3 phares. On suit le GPS 📍 qui nous annonce 15 min pour 2 km restants.
    Ça sent l'embrouille, on s'arrête au premier parking que l'on trouve et on finit à pied.

    Ça devait être juste un stop pour prendre 2 3 photos et au final ça s'est transformé en une rando de 3h 😅🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️. Et tant mieux parce que c'était super beau.

    Le paysage est à s'y méprendre semblables à celui de la Bretagne avec quand même quelques degrés en plus 😅.

    On découvre les 3 phares, une première plage magnifique de sable blanc et on pique-nique à l'ombre des arbres avant de repartir vers le van.

    Les paysages varient entre pins, arbres gigantesques droits comme des bambous et forêts de fougères. Grâce à toute cette diversité, Flo à enfin trouvé son bonheur : cela faisait plusieurs jours qu'elle cherchait à adopter un bâton de randonnée en bois, droit, solide et majestueux, tel le bâton de Gandalf le Blanc ou du pèlerin Saint-Jacques de Compostelle ! Il va maintenant le suivre dans ses aventures, ne reste plus qu'à le baptiser avant qu'il ne casse et qu'elle ne fonde en larmes.
    On se dirige vers une autre très belle plage de sable blanc. Seulement pour découvrir un peu par inadvertance que les gens sont tous, tout nu 😅. On observe donc de loin et on poursuit notre chemin, bien qu'une baignade aurait été tentante au vu de la couleur de l'eau.

    On reprend la route pour notre spot pour la nuit. Sur le papier, c'était des sources d'eau et une rivière. On s'est dit nickel pour le paddle 👌.
    Au final, c'étaient 3 petits bassins froids qui sentaient l'œuf (malgré la transparence de l'eau, on a des doutes sur la filtration des bassins 😨).

    Et pour le paddle, la rivière était pas super tentante 😮‍💨 donc pas de paddle 😢.

    Moment trop cute, 2 ados sont venus parler à Rémi pour pratiquer le français qu'ils apprennent depuis moins de 2 ans... et bah, ils parlent mieux français que nous espagnol 😅.
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  • Day7

    Casa Alternativo to O Corisco

    Yesterday in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 66 °F

    After a good night’s sleep, we had toast, jam, orange juice, and coffee at 7:30 am. We hit the road, following the yellow arrows through an industrial area. Many advised a detour through an unmarked woodland. We chose instead the traditional way with flat pavement and a steady pace to test our stamina. It was a good decision. We made it past our daily goal! 12.1 miles at a pace of 2.5. Our feet and bodies are healing and not too achy.
    We stopped for a 1 1/2 hour lunch with Sean from Montreal. He has done 4 caminos, so I asked him to tell us a bit about each one. From a youthful excursion to mourning the death of his mother, we got to know this joyful young man. He was I inspiring. Since his pace was vigorous, we bid him buen csmino, see you in Santiago!
    Now we are in Saxamonde, Spain. We paid $15 Euros each for a bunk bed and a fantastic hot shower; we may be the only ones in this 15 bed establishment! Our host is doing our laundry (8 Euros) and we have had two beers each (2 Euros each?) It seems our host owns the albergue, the cafe/bar and a laundromat.! What a great way to live in a beautiful small town in Spain!
    I am hoping for a church service tomorrow, Sunday, July 3, if we can organize our walking to arrive in a town at noon.
    We have settled into a routine. Charles sets the pace; we stop regularly to check our feet or stretch. We have again replanned our next few days. Santiago is within reach!
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    Jerry Stephens

    It’s flying by now it seems already July 2

    Jerry Stephens

    ❤️

     
  • Day46

    The morning of Finisterre

    Yesterday in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    Since we no longer will be walking and the hour is still quite early we repast on sandwiches made from stuff we bought yesterday
    Small bocadillos con Jamon y queso
    Some grapes
    Coffee

    In short while we will take taxi to Santiago train station and say goodbye to Finisterre and Pilgrim Life... although one can argue that pilgrimage life is never over for you are a pilgrim of Life for lifeRead more

    Karin Samulis

    So true! I’m purging stuff at home again. My usual response to walking. Enjoy the transition…. It takes time.

    Bette Mayers

    It must be hard to leave and come back to "reality ".

    CWBuff

    not there yet...

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  • Day6

    Valença, Portugal to Os Eidos, Spain

    July 1 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 52 °F

    We left Forteleza, the old part of Valença, and crossed over the Rio Minho (on a big scary bridge) into Tui, Spain. We then climbed up a lot of stone steps to the Cathedral de Santa Maria, a 12th century church with a Gothic entrance. We couldn’t go inside; 8:00 am is too early for the church to be open.
    After cafe au lait and chocolate pastry at “Ideas Peregrines,” we enjoyed a beautiful walk through eucalyptus forests and small villages. We met many new pilgrims while taking photos or stopping for a rest.
    Tonight we are at Casa Alternativo in Os Eidos. The host made dinner for 7. It was lovely to share food and wine with pilgrims from Brazil, France/Gabon, California, and Spain.
    Our host, Dries, made Charles apply loads of fresh aloe vera to his feet. It seems to have helped. Despite Dries insisting he take another day off, we are pushing forward tomorrow with another short day. I am watching Charles carefully for any signs of infection and encouraging him to stop and rest.

    Lessons for today-
    1. Walking slowly side by side reminds me to live in the present.
    2. Walking in nature on wooded paths reminds me of the glory of God’s creation.
    3. Spending time sitting on the porch waiting for the sun to set is an opportunity to get to know people.
    4. No internet can be a blessing.

    Pray for healing and openness to the spirit for both of us.
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  • Day239

    Vigo

    June 27 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Ça faisait longtemps, ça fait du bien de la retrouver : la plage 🏖 fait son retour dans notre voyage ! 

    On passe la journée à Vigo, et c'est plutôt pas mal comme coin. Vu le nombre de personnes âgées ET faisant du sport, ça doit être un lieu de retraite prisé. Mais le front de mer est bien équipé avec des piscines (oui, on est face à la mer, mais ils ont des piscines), des toilettes tous les 200m, des tables de pique-nique à foison,... La seule ombre au paysage est la présence d'un immeuble, massif, en plein milieu d'une île à 100m de la côte, c'est surprenant, mais pas dans le bon sens 🤔.

    En début d'aprem, sieste syndicale 😴 sur la plage. On n'était pas prêt pour le vent 🌬 et on n'a pas quitté nos doudounes, alors que tout le monde autour de nous était en maillot de bain 👙, tout ce qu'il y a de plus normal 🥶 ! 

    Le soir, on s'est posé dans un espace de camping-car payant, 5€ la nuit, pour tous le confort possible et super propre, c'était un super plan. En a profité d'être installé pour cuisiner 👩‍🍳👨‍🍳 un énorme saladier de taboulé qui nous a fait 4 repas à 2. Mais aussi profité de l'électricité pour geeker sur l'ordi une bonne partie de la soirée/nuit ! 😅
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    Laurence AUFFRET

    Y a de vagues 🙂 c'est Brice qui serait content 😋

    Floriane Auffret

    😅

     
  • Day238

    Playa Fluvial de rio Pacin

    June 26 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Après s'être fait avoir au Portugal 🙁🇵🇹 sur l'emplacement qu'on avait repéré, nous sommes retourné en Espagne. Et c'est un changement d'ambiance 🇪🇸🤩, première tentative, on trouve direct un super lieu où rester 2 nuits. Les points positifs : c'est au départ de pas mal de rando 🥾, le paysage est super et on est au niveau d'une "Praia Fluvial" 👙🗻 (bord de rivière de montagne aménagé en espace de détente). On en a profité pour faire la vaisselle et se laver directement dans la rivière, c'est frais 🧊, mais qu'est-ce que c'est bon 🙂! 

    Vu l'endroit, on ne s'est pas fait prier pour faire une bonne petite rando. Il y avait quelques sections très sauvages 🪴🍄(avec des panneaux de signalisation, mais pas de chemin, il fallait marcher à travers la végétation) mais des super points de vue, des falaises, des cascades, ça valait le coup !
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    Laurence AUFFRET

    Incendie ???? 😱

    Floriane Auffret

    Pas du tout c'est les reflets du coucher de soleil😅

     
  • Day44

    Morning has spoken...

    June 30 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 50 °F

    And it said
    Orange juice
    Coffee con Leche
    Toast with olive oil tomato and ham

    And as we are finishing breakfast a hungry Pilgrim staggers in and... OMG!
    MONIQUE... we have not seen each other for close to 5 weeks starting at the same time in St.Jean and then separating for the duration of the Way..Read more

    Hello Laurie! [Katie]

    CWBuff

    Hola Katie

    Christin Seaver

    Have an especially happy day today!!!

    CWBuff

    why? any specific reason this day is special? 😉

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  • Day43

    A Pena morning

    June 29 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 52 °F

    The morning started with scrumptious breakfast buffet, again lovingly prepared by Angelis

    The Serene morning from the garden

    We did have quite a late start, but Juan drove us to A Pena proper to the Camino marker so we can be on our way.
    Without a doubt this was by far the best stay I've had through all my work on both Caminos
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    Nan Grimmer

    What a great idea! Ham and cheese sandwiches for breakfast.

    Nan Grimmer

    Allan, I just realized that in the past 43 days, you have traveled 5,000 k which is 3,106 miles. That is more miles than the width of the United States. You are amazing!

    Nan Grimmer

    Have you actually WALKED that many miles? Or does the 5000 k include your flight from the US? (Even so, that is still amazing!!)

    CWBuff

    OK, so...the 5K would indeed be the whole trip incl the flight. the app starts tracking and counting the moment you activate the trip and since I activated in EWR the ticking started... at 3100 miles it woul beat PCT...🙃. That said the total distance of Camino Frances from St.Jean to Santiago de Compostela is about 790 km. considering that I did skip some sections, I would estimate my total mileage at about 670km give or take and by the end of Finisterre extension it will be additional 90 km

    Nan Grimmer

    That's still about 500 miles -- way more than I could do. (Oh wait .. do I hear singing?)

    CWBuff

    I've been singing that for 3 years now 🤣😇

     
  • Day15

    We made it! Santiago at last!

    June 28 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today was a good day for most of us. For Jon, it was a test of his grit. As I mentioned briefly, Jon’s feet and legs have not been in a great place. Today his leg and knee were really bothering him. He pretty much limped the whole 18km today. He has grit and he clenched his teeth and did it! The rest of us had to watch him walk in pain. Thankfully, we all made it! The last part of the trip is such a strange experience. I thought it would be like seeing the Emerald City from far off and we would go running to the steps of the cathedral. Actually it was a windy path through downtrodden urban neighborhoods and you couldn’t even see the steeple until you rounded the corner of a bunch of old buildings and suddenly it was there. Not what I imagined. I guess though it is a metaphor and this whole trip is a pilgrimage for self reflection. I know Martin Luther would roll his eyes at me for wanting the compestella but honestly, I think God understands our need for physical gestures to help us believe and understand the heavenly gestures. Why else would He use water and wine and bread? He knows we are weak minded and need something physical to hold onto. The pilgrimage and piece of paper in the end aren’t necessary for forgiveness and grace. But they help us get to the right place to receive forgiveness and believe that it is true.

    I don’t know if it is something I’d frame in my house but I do know I will treasure it and use it to remember this awesome adventure of bonding as a family and sending off our first born into the world. The boys talked for 180km to each other- to us- And hopefully in their heads with God. I feel good about how we solved problems and worked as a team. I’m satisfied with my Camino and feel grateful for this opportunity. What an adventure!

    This evening we went to mass. It was all in Spanish but we knew the order of service and could tell what was happening. They swung the botafumiero at the end which is a special treat. The cathedral was amazing. What a grand finale!

    (By the way, funny that thousands of years of pilgrimage on a holy trail doesn’t trump modern necessities. The trail is clearly moved to go around an airport runway. Funny!)
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    Robin Sattler

    Thanks for sharing your journey. Happy your family had the opportunity to experience the El Camino and all the joys and challenges it brought. I loved hearing about it from your perspective, Sarah. Happy Travels homeward…

    Robin Sattler

    Wow…I didn’t expect that interior. Looks like the builders said “ We’re going as fancy as us humans can muster to give God the Glory!”

    Nancy Sattler

    Life changing, Faith enhancing, family affirming! Perfect. Love you all.

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  • Day42

    Desayuno numero uno

    June 28 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Had to hoof it up for close to 10km before being able to find a place that was open

    Zumas, Empanada Pollo (1st ever for Laurie)
    Tortillas Bravas, coffee con Leche

    Then we came across an ancient bridgeRead more

    Bette Mayers

    Love the history that just pops up! Looks like a beautiful day!

    CWBuff

    it sure was

    Nan Grimmer

    Are the birds parakeets?

    CWBuff

    why, YES, yes they are!!!

     

You might also know this place by the following names:

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