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    • Day23

      Aldea Labrega

      October 4, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      We came up to a Spanish man who was quite excited for us to make a short detour to this special place. He even took my walking stick and drew a map in the dirt.

      It was quite a special display, a little like some fairy tale where everyone was enchanted and turned to stone.Read more

    • Day23

      Barrantes to Vilanova de Arousa

      October 4, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      The first half of the day was fabulous, first on the Ruta de Piedra y Agua, then beside the Rio Umia - all on dirt trails. So lovely and mostly downhill. Also alongside many vineyards.

      But because we took our time and a lot of photos, our progress was slower than usual, so by the time we got to our destination we were knackered (Camino term).Read more

    • Day14

      The Day the Rain Came

      October 16, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

      So I’ve been fretting over the weather forecast. Every day it looks like it’s gonna be nothin but rain and so far we have been given a reprieve. Until today. And even then it didn’t start until halfway through the walk. And like Grant says, “It’s just part of the deal”. (Now you know who NOT to go to when you’re shopping for sympathy!)
      Today was the steepest climb of the Camino. After leaving Pontevedra this morning I turned left to take the Variante Espiritual. Although the entire Camino system is considered a spiritual quest, the spiritual variant in particular is extra. Legend is that it follows the path of the remains of St James when his followers stole his headless body after his execution in Jerusalem, put it in a rudderless boat, and sailed it back to Iberia, the site of his great ministry.
      I ran into Heather and Alden leaving Pontevedra. They were also doing the SV, but were just doing the first 11kms today. Heather said that after seeing the weather forecast she had tried to cancel their reservations but wasn’t able to.
      The sky looked ominous so my goal was to cover as much ground as possible before the rain came. The first 5 miles were quite pleasant and then the climb started. I ran into a couple of Spanish women I had spoken to previously. They were looking at a huge pumpkin in a garden and talking about making pumpkin soup- (sopa de calabaza). Sounded good to me!
      Onward and upward! I started to feel my lack of sleep from last night. Too much Coke Zero kept me awake and just thinking about the rain on the steep climb today- catastrophizing and awfulizing and participating in every other type of disordered thinking. I was imagining my body being swept away in a mudslide. Overreaction, you say? Perhaps.
      I came across a cooler with drinks for peregrinos. A man was standing by it. I had my earbuds in listening to a little Brandi Carlile so I didn’t hear him say “good morning” several times until he spoke really forcefully. He wanted to show me his house, which was lovely with a wonderful view. He was German and did not speak English so we tried to muddle through in Spanish. Then he took me to a water fountain insisting I fill my water bottle. Then he told me that the current climb continued for 4 kilometers and there were no facilities on the way. Then he gave me his business card, which was a picture of him being knighted by these men in priest like clothing. His name was Ramon and he said he was a “sir”. On the back of the card was a picture of him in full military regalia with a uniform covered in medals. At the moment I can’t find the card but as soon as I do I’ll give him the full Google treatment.
      Anyway, shortly thereafter it started raining. Finally got to try out my Sea to Summit rain poncho. As I kept climbing I noticed that I hadn’t seen anyone in quite a while. And in fact, I didn’t see anyone else for the rest of the trek.
      As it turns out the most difficult part was not the climb. That was all on paved or gravel roads, so plenty of traction. But shortly before getting to the monastery was a descent through a ravine over a lot of moss covered rock, which was really slippery. And I’m old. And have osteoporosis. So I sat on my butt so as not to fall. So embarrassing!
      And now I have a quandary. I took a taxi down to my accommodation for the night with the intent of taking one back up tomorrow to continue the Camino, but the descent from the monastery is called something like “the path of stone and water”. I’m afraid it’s gonna be the same as that little piece of ravine right before the monastery. Walking from there is a 25 km walk and it’s bound to be slow. And the weather forecast is like 100% chance of rain all day tomorrow. OR I could just walk to my destination from where I currently am. Google maps puts it at an hour and a half. I know me and my Catholic guilt, though. I guess I’ll see how I feel in the morning.
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      Traveler

      These pictures are so gorgeous!!!

      10/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      Again I’m chuckling-not about the different kinds of land you are foraging forward on but your humorous way of sharing it with “us”. The pictures are awesome. 👍👏🤗

      10/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      I love he Church with the green doors-do glad I could see inside…

      10/16/22Reply
      Eileen Mitchell

      Yeah. Me too. It’s like a geode. Plain on the outside, but magnificent on the inside.

      10/17/22Reply
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    • Day15

      Monday- Aarmenteira to Vilanove de Arous

      October 17, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 63 °F

      When I woke up from a decent night’s sleep I said to myself, “Eileen, get a grip! Of course you’re gonna get your heinie back up to that monastery and do the Camino the RIGHT way.” (Thanks for those of you encouraging me). So that’s what I did. After breakfasting on café con leche, frutas, and about a whole loaf’s worth of bread products I called a cab and headed back up the mountain. And, as per usual, my concerns were totally unfounded.
      It was an absolutely spectacular walk! All along a gurgling stream-(although it made me have to pee the whole way)- with intermittent waterfalls- it was just lovely. I took tons of pictures and the rain once again held off.
      After the path of water and stone, I started to see more and more pilgrims. We were all funneling toward Vilanova de Arousa to get on a boat to Pontecessures tomorrow so the population was more dense than usual. Had many pleasant conversations and one quite deep one with a young guy from the Czech Republic. Very interesting. He was a massage therapist from Prague and I can’t say I didn’t think about asking him if he’d like to make a few bucks while here, but then considered it may be inappropriate..
      BTW for whatever reason, the Czech Republic seems to be disproportionately represented among the pilgrims. No idea why.
      I had a little beagle companion for part of my walk today. No collar, but he looked healthy.
      Today was the last 15+ mile walk and I am beginning to feel sad that it is coming to an end. So many thoughts and feelings. And I also miss Grant and the kids and grandkids. I think that’s what is called a dialectic- two things that shouldn’t both be true but are.
      Tonight I am in an adorable little apartment just a block from the boat pier, and it has a washer and dryer! My clothes are getting a proper washing for the first time in weeks! I’m gonna smell so good!!!
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    • Day24

      Camino Portuguese Day 14

      October 5, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Last evening we tried to find dinner at 6:30. Restaurants here start at 8:00. This route is becoming busier for pilgrims but they are still not catering to pilgrims. We joined 2 fellows, one from Belgium and one from France, and ordered some tapas. Very tasty. Plus some local vino, which was very good.

      This morning we got an early start.

      From my guidebook:
      “There are two options for this stage: one is to take the boat along the maritime Translatio route, believed to be what the boat carrying St James’ body and his disciples sailed along in AD44. Along the way, pass mussel farms, 17 stone crosses and the ruins of Torres de Oeste, before disembarking in Pontecesures and following the Central Camino for the remaining 2.2km to Padrón. The alternative is to walk, mainly along roads and a few dirt paths for the first 19km before joining scenic riverside boardwalks by the River Ulla for 3.5km then moving inland through hamlets to reach the River Ulla again in Pontecesures.”

      We chose the boat ride. It was lovely. And so much easier! ⛴
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    • Day76

      Vorräte auffüllen und ab sns Meer

      April 18, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Nach einigen Tagen autark Leben mussten die Vorräte und Frischwasser aufgefüllt werden. Im riesigen Carrefour gab es nicht nur Lebensmittel, sondern auf eine gusseiserne Pfanne, ein paar Handtücher, eine gute Saftpresse, genug Streu für die nächsten 2 Monate und eine kleine Frenchpress… die Rechnung war dementsprechend hoch 🙈😂
      Abends standen wir am Wasser und haben direkt die neue Pfanne eingeweiht mit leckeren Wraps.
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    • Day574

      Wieder in Vilanova auf dem Stellplatz

      September 18, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Ich weiß nicht, was sich die Spanier einbilden, aber die besitzen echt die unglaubliche Frechheit mit ihren Wohnmobilen am Wochenende unterwegs zu sein und sich da hin zu stellen, wo ich stehe.

      Zudem gibt es Menschen, die es wagen, nachts mit dem Auto auf der Straße irgendwo hin zu fahren, wenn ich schlafen möchte. Ich fasse es nicht.

      Merke: es ist prima, wenn man kostenlos für 24 Stunden irgendwo stehen darf, schön ist es aber nicht immer.

      Ergo habe ich recht wenig geschlafen, nach dem Regen kam die Sonne und da man kein Camping (Stühle, Markise etc) machen darf, wurde es heiß im Wagen und als Strandverweigerer wollte ich weg. Nur wohin an einem Samstag?

      Nun gut, es steht in der Überschrift.

      Auch der Platz ist voller Spanier, aber zum Glück stehen die alle da, wo es Strom - der incl. ist - gibt und ich habe einen ruhigen Platz am anderem Ende, mit Blick auf Stadt und Wasser gefunden. Ist zwar mit 15EUR richtig teuer, aber dafür richtig ruhig. Hier werde ich bis Montag bleiben, bevor ich vermutlich ans ehemalige Ende der Welt nach Finisterre fahre, wo dann hoffentlich weniger Wohnmobile sind.

      Der Begriff voll ist natürlich rein subjektiv. Objektiv gibt es überall genug Platz unf kein Vergleich zu Foz im Somner...

      Gestern und heute habe ich ewig mit dem Vorbesitzer meiner Bastelbude gechattet, um dem Spannungsproblem auf die Schliche zu kommen, aber da es jetzt bei mehreren Versuchen - natürlich - nicht aufgetreten ist, müssen wir abwarten.

      Ich habe zwar viel gelernt, begreife aber noch immer nicht, wie das alles verkabelt ist.
      Eine der Lichtmaschinen ist wohl auf jeden Fall hin (ich habe 2x180A drin), aber da ich noch nicht mal zwingend die Leistung der heilen brauche, ist mir das vorerst egal, solange die Spannung nicht über 14.2V - 14.4 an der Batterie geht.
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    • Day9

      Camino Day 7 to Padron

      August 12, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      We walked two miles to the boat. Took the 4:00 boat to Pontecures which saves us 25k walking. Then walked 9K to Casa Grande de Capadillias. Had an amazing dinner at Buen Camino. Met Phil and Lou again from Eugene on the beach in Villanova de Arousa.Read more

    • Day8

      Day 6 Camino to Villanueva de Arousa

      August 11, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      First 10 miles were all by a river and were so natural and beautiful. Saw many ruins of ancient grain mills. Last 7 miles were stunning with the walk to the ocean in Villanueva de Arousa. Lovely stay at the Hotel Dinajan.Read more

      Traveler

      Very pretty!

      8/14/22Reply
       
    • Day572

      Vilanova de Arousa

      September 16, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Heute wollte ich mich mal um meine Lichtmaschine kümmern und habe mir einen Bosch-Dienst rausgesucht, der auf dem Weg nach Norden lag.

      Mit einem deutschen Bosch-Dienst hatte das aber absolut nichts zu tun und man sah sich nicht in der Lage, meine Lima durchzumessen. Eine andere Werkstatt, die was von Elektrik versteht, konnte man mir auch nicht nennen.

      Pontevedra hat mir auf der Durchfahrt richtig gut gefallen und wenn ich jemand wäre, der mit zwei Hunden durch eine Stadt läuft und sie besichtigt, dann wäre das Pontevedra gewesen.

      Also wollte ich auf einen Stellplatz bei San Vincente. Der hatte natürlich zu. Der Campingplatz nimmt keine Womos und auf dem Strandparkplatz wollte ich nicht stehen, da es zu heiß war. Somit bin ich hier gelandet, wo man schnell in der Stadt am Eßtisch sitzen kann, was ich nachher gleich mal testen werde.

      Galicien ist wirklich traumhaft schön. Grün, total bergig und trotzdem sieht man fast immer irgendwo Wasser. Solange es nicht regnet, bleibe ich hier.

      Ich stelle sowieso fest, das ich Portugal und die Portugiesen zwar sehr mag, aber die Tatsache, das ich in Spanien mit den Leuten normal reden kann, toppt das locker und dementsprechend wohl fühle ich mich hier.
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