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  • Day13

    Rabanal to Molinaseca

    October 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Hola from Spain. I left Rabanal on Tuesday morning. I walked with my friends, Jay, Theresa, Chris & Deb the whole day. It was a very arduous day as we hit the highest peak and came down the other side into the town of Molinaseca. It was an interesting day not only because of the elevations but the temps started out in the 30’s and ended up in the 80’s by mid afternoon. Molinaseca is a great Camino of the best actually. My friends treated me to dinner as a send off....a great evening. Wednesday morning I traveled with them to their next stop as they are continuing on and I am leaving for home. They are great people I am missing them. I only knew them a week and a half or so but it is much different now that they have gone ahead. That’s it for now...I hope this finds everyone well.Read more

  • Day27


    September 17, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Wir haben den "Countryclub" erst spät bei Tageslicht verlassen, um auf dem steinigen, felsigen Abstieg nach Ponferrada nicht noch zu stürzen. Entsprechend warm war es dann auch, als wir in Ponferrada ankamen, aber noch erträglich. Nach dem erforderlichen Shoppingtouren (Bargeld besorgen, Apotheke, Bioladen, also alles, was wieder warten muss, bis man einige Tage später ein Städtchen erreicht), sind wir weitergezogen. Julie habe ich dort leider verabschieden müssen; ihre Tochter reist an und geht den Rest des Weges mit. Der Plan ist, dass wir uns spätestens am 25. in Santiago treffen, da dann ihr 50. Geburtstag ist. Dann könnten wir auch Kate nochmal treffen. Vorerst reise ich mit Patti und Lauren weiter. Wir drei haben die feste Absicht, den letzten Teil der Bergtour übermorgen auf dem Rücken von gemieteten Pferden zu reiten😍, so dass wir morgen versuchen werden, bis dort zu kommen. Diese Etappe wird dann auch ohne meinen Rucksack stattfinden.
    Insgesamt werden es immer mehr Pilger, vor allem große Gruppen mit Bus und Überseekoffern, die organisierte Touren gebucht haben und zum Teil auch den Berg hochgekarrt werden. Toll, dass es das gibt, aber es passt nicht so ganz zu den normalen Pilgern. Die Bedürfnisse sind einfach andere.
    Jetzt heißt es also, abseits der normalen Tagesrouten zu übernachten.
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  • Day26

    El Acebo

    September 16, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Heute ist Pattys (US) 60.Geburtstag, so dass der Tag für unseren heutigen Gefährtenkreis besonders feierlich ist. Also haben wir das beste Hostel ausgesucht, Julie (GB) hat nachts noch eine tolle Geburtstagskarte gemalt, wir haben ein gekauftes Frühstück serviert. Zusammen mit Lauren (US) gesungen. Ich habe sogar noch gegen Spende einen Stein besorgen können, der hübsch mit ihrem Namen Patricia bemalt war und den sie dann am Kreuz abgelegt hat. Karen (Australien) hat heimlich Kerzen für heute Abend besorgt, wir haben einen Tisch reserviert und vorab das bessere Menü geordert. Therese (SE) und Lizzie (US) stoßen noch hinzu. Wir haben auch schon 2 Bier auf der Terrasse eingenommen, was für mich ja schon viel zu viel ist, so dass ich gerade versuce, wieder fit fürs Abendessen zu werden. Einen Pool gibt's auch! Luxus pur!Read more

  • Day25


    June 23, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Wow, another amazing day along the camino. Hiked up a hill early morning to see the sunrise.... Missed it. I was sweaty and tired but pulled through. Eventually I stopped in a village called Molinaseca, which has an amazing river and bridge that everyone was chilling by.
    Ended the day by finding out I am officially in possession of a Bachelor degree, therefore went to celebrate with tapas, tinto and shots 🎉
    One of my favorite days by far ❤
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  • Day20

    Cross my heart

    September 29, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We have left the Meseta, the great plains of Spain, and have headed into the mountains. Crosses everywhere including the famous iron cross at Cruz Ferro where we left a heart stone that Coleen found along the Way.

    Last night we used a Sharpie on that same rock to write Marita's name on it. Always in our hearts and each step of the Camino.Read more

  • Day37

    Cruz de Ferro, the Iron Cross

    May 24, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today we climbed to the highest point on the Camino, Monte Irago, and the Iron Cross. The Cross was placed there in the 11 th century by a Catholic abbot to mark the way for pilgrims traveling to Santiago. Pilgrims often bring a stone or some remembrance to leave at the Cross, or to represent a burden they wish to leave behind.

    It was a tough climb up, but a tougher climb down (to be continued...)
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  • Day34

    Acebo to Ponferrada - 17 kms

    October 25, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Breakfast was later than I preferred, but the rooster kept quiet (the dog did not) so a good way to begin the day? Great breakfast and ate too much as I had a side stitch for a mile or two.

    I need to share a story from yesterday that I forgot about. When I stopped for an orange juice, there was a group (herd) of cats outside the cafe milling around and I guess looking for handouts. That's what cats do, you know. Anyway, as I was taking off my pack, a dog comes charging up the street and the cats scatter to the four winds. One up a tree, one on top of a car, one jumped onto a wall, then to a roof of a shed, and another I lost sight of. Well, the dog comes to a quick stop, does a 360 as if trying to figure out what to do and which cat to chase. The cats just stayed in place as if to say "we got you, now where's your horse?"

    A cool start, but the temperature warmed quickly once the sun made its appearance. The trail was a mix if road walking and downhill gully walking. Not as bad as yesterday, but not easy. I passed through the community of Riego de Ambros early and the lights were still on. The mountains were again a sight to marvel with the fall color starting to appear.

    Stopped at Molinaseca for a very pleasant cup of hot coffee (too early and cold for a beer), OJ, and some pastries (notice the interior of the bar...very nice). There was also an old bridge leading into town and one could tell that they needed water as the river was but a trickle. I believe I stepped across it coming down the dirt and rock hill.

    As I got closer to Ponferrada, a cute house with window boxes full of flowers and the Camino sign visible for pilgrims to see. Finally the bridge leading into Ponferrada. I love these old bridges. Wish we had some in the USA that could compare.

    Once in Ponferrada, I departed the trail to find an albergue off the beaten track and am delighted with my find. They serve all meals and all are home cooked. For lunch, I had a wonderful hot pumpkin and squash soup, salad and a bacon quiche with ice cream for dessert. I could really get use to this.

    Dinner was at seven, but was told that I could have it earlier. Seven was fine with me.

    Delicious dinner (lentil soup, salad and chicken, and ice cream for dessert) and an Italian joined me. He works in Spain and is fluent in at least three languages as he understood me quite well.

    Tomorrow is a busy day and I need my rest. Enjoy.
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  • Day28

    Cruz de Ferro

    September 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    This is the highest point of our trip. A momentous moment, every pilgram brings a stone (or something special) to leave behind, a symbol of the past, the journey, and what lies ahead.

    I brought my rock with me from Australia, collected on my last walk with dad and Lauren before my holiday and today I leave it here as I move forward on my journey, my pilgrimage.Read more

  • Day28

    Day 26. Molinaseca

    September 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    A long day, about 30kms, mostly downhill, mostly rocks, definitely steep. But I made it, had a few moment where I was just too exhausted to keep going, it's hard to stop halfway down a mountain side!
    So now, showered, in bed resting up before dinner, an absolutely beautiful albergue, so far the bed have been pretty goodRead more

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