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  • Day197

    Camino Frances 9 - Bergfest

    August 12, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Heute habe ich mit zwei anderen deutschen Pilgern das Bergfest gefeiert. Zum Start in Saint Jean Pied de Port lagen ca. 790 km bis Santiago vor uns (die Km-Angabe variiert je nach Informationsquelle etwas) und nun ist schon etwas mehr als die Hälfte geschafft. 😃💪
    Der gestrige Weg führte mich von Boadilla über die "Pilgerautobahn" nach Carrion de los Condes und das heutige Etappenziel war Terradillos de Templarios. Besonders das erste Stück heute war sehr eintönig, denn es ging 17 km lang nur geradeaus auf einem Feldweg.
    Jetzt sind es "nur noch" 370 km bis Santiago de Compostela 😊
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  • Day130


    July 9, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    July 9th

    We are halfway there! Exciting, but daunting knowing we have another 250 miles to go. 😳 Today was one of those days where we had some mental struggles. The walking forever on a straight road/path was hard. The end seemed to never be in sight.

    But...we loved the food truck that showed up just when we needed it, AND our Italian friends reappeared after not seeing them since the 3rd day of our walk. They don’t speak English and we don’t speak Italian, but somehow we communicate 🙂. One of the guys calls Alan “Washington” and I am Barbara. No one understands “Barb” as my name, but when I say ”Barbara”, they nod, smile, and understand.🙂 We spent our first night with them and our 3rd, and when you spend time with people on this journey, they become special to you...quickly. So nice to see them again!

    We are staying in Terradillos tonight and happy to be in a room with just two beds for us...felt like we won the lottery when the woman showed us where we would be. 😀 I’m hoping for more sleep tonight, because I was in a room full of snorers last night.

    Another good moment was walking into Ledigos ( a couple miles before our destination) and being able to order a pizza that was SO good. It was such a simple pleasure when we were tired and hungry.

    Because today was one of those days where I just wanted to get to our albergue, I didn’t really take many pictures at all...a few video snippets, but not much else, and Alan didn’t take a single one...sorry ☺️
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  • Day14

    Twelth stop - Terradillos

    May 12, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Carrión -> 26km -> Terradillos de los Templarios
    The whole day's walk was done with a 30km/h WNW wind blowing in our faces - not fun at all. But we finally arrived at this templar town full of history. The sun is out and we can finally enjoy the gardens!Read more

  • Day20

    Bercianos del Real Camino

    September 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Wir sind durch Sahagun durchgewandert bis nach Bercianos, um dort Kate (Südafrika) zu treffen (große Wiedersehensfreude) und gemeinsam in ein sehr gutes Donativo einzuchecken. Sehr herzlicher Empfang durch die Hospitaleros. 2/3 der anderen Gäste sind alte Bekannte, die fast immer dieselbe Wahl treffen, wie wir :). Fühlt sich sehr gut an.Read more

  • Day26

    Lightened Heart

    September 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    In the year and half since Marita's heart skipped its final beat, I've been collecting heart shaped stones. We've added dozens to our rock garden and inside decor. As we were so vigilante about weight on the Camino, I told myself that I wasn't going to pick up any on the way, BUT I have been tempted by 2. The strange thing is that they both disappeared from my pack. Perhaps it is a sign that I've moved on to a lighter heart. Remembering Marita on her birthdayRead more

  • Day15

    The simple things ...

    September 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    ... in life are the best. Today that was two large slices of watermelon, being enthusiastically greeted by our Spanish friend Andrés, and sharing a laugh with a Belgian hiking trio. And now a tinto verano (red wine on ice with some fizzy lemon pop) at an Italian albuerge, bare feet and the anticipation of supper shortly. Ah ... muy buen!Read more

  • Day26

    Raindrops on Roses ...

    September 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

    Footbaths at the end of a 30 km walk, amigos made along The Way, OVER HALF done our walk ... these are a few of my favorite things! Scott is Rey of the Castillo atop a hill riddled with manmade caves (Bodegas) for holding wine at the proper temperature. Paulo, be gone!!!Read more

  • Day24

    Carrion to Terradillos - 18 miles

    October 15, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    According to the book, I have 378.3 kms to go. Wow, who would have thought.

    Was up early, feeling pretty good and was set to leave the parochial school (I think that was where I was staying) when I was offered coffee, fruit and breakfast cake. Was I delighted, and I must admit that I have never received the kindness extended from complete strangers before. I offered a donation, it was refused, but I insisted. Great people and perhaps my looking like a great Grampa bear had something to do with it?

    Left in the dark and the headlamp was of great value. Never got lost, walked with a gentleman from England for a bit, then moved along as I wanted to get a few miles under my belt before it got too warm. After 15 minutes or so, had to take off my fleece as it was much warmer than previous days so that was not good news. Did notice much more vegetation so hopefully am getting out of the Meseta and into more hospitable terrain.

    Trail initially was along country road, then a country lane with small gravel to walk on and trees along both sides. Trees appeared to be aspen like given the shape of the leaves, but then I don't know for sure.

    After about 12 oasis appeared and potatoe pie with a large "just squeezed" orange juice. Love the sweet taste and sugar is what I needed. Ran into Jarvia, a young man from Baltimore of Spanish descent, and I met he and his wife at Orisson. Unfortunately, he was the one that snored like a pen full of pigs and no one got any sleep. I gotta make sure that I never bunk in the same albergue with him again. I have never experienced anything like that before.

    A beautiful sunrise and the cloud cover made for a delightful walk. Trail was comfortable and I could make good time. Please notice the potatoes in the field. Nice color and shape right? Zoom in and. .. surprise, surprise. That's where those potatoe size rocks come from.

    The albergue today is very nice. Got a room for 4 with its own shower and toilet for 10 euros. If I'm lucky, I'll be the only one here tonight. Overall I've been very pleased with the albergues that I've stayed in. A good set of earplugs can drown out most night sounds.

    I'm in for the day, wash is drying, had a large fresh salad with tuna and a coke for lunch, and will check out the dinner menu later. Tomorrow is another day and almost 15 miles to go.
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  • Day25

    Terradillos to Bercianos- 15 miles

    October 16, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Pretty warm this morning so I left my fleece packed as I thought I would need to take it off shortly anyway.

    It's only rained once since I've been in Europe, and that was just a sprinkle, so rain tomorrow will be a blessing of sorts. Since I leave well before daybreak, my headlamp has been reflecting light off the dust particles floating in the air and I can see them near my eyes so this is really dry. Throat and nasal cavaties are pretty dry. Wildfires are creating issues here as they create issues in the states. Wonder if any have made the national news?

    As I was trying to navigate through a small village in the dark looking for the yellow directional arrows I noticed a group of three women approaching me with packs on. Going in the right direction, I asked. No, was the reply and we all walked back to the intersection to find the arrows. Nice group of elderly Welsh women (I suspect all were in their late 70's or possibly older). Anyway, one was having foot problems and I was chatting with one of the others about what life was like in Wales. Interesting to say the least. We had a break together at a small cafe and I shared half of my huge, but stale, sweet roll with the one having foot issues. We shortly parted ways as I needed to keep moving.

    Saw some interesting sights in addition to the typical Camino scenery - one thing of interest was the meeting of the Camino Madrid with the Francis in Sahagun. Thought there would be a traffic circle or something, but did not see any increase in pilgrim activity nor was there a marker that I could find. Just the map. I will admit that I did not waste my time looking for something that might not exist so I took a couple of pictures of the city gate and the attractive bridge over the river (right now it is barely a creek).

    The day turned out warm, ran across a couple that I had met several days ago, and finished in Bercianos where I was told that there were no washing machines in town (population of 450) so did the barest of necessities to get by. Just hope the stuff dries on the line as it is going to rain early and stuff pinned to my pack is not going to dry.

    I am two days from Leon so with the rain we'll see if walking in the rain is much fun. I know when I walked on the mountain, it was no fun at all so I suspect a similar emotional situation will occur tomorrow.

    Seeing more greenery and with the rain, flowers just might jump out of the ground.

    Buen Camino
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  • Day21

    Terradillos de los Templarios

    May 16, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We made it past the halfway point today, 250 miles and went on a bit further to reach the Terradillos de los Templars, which was once home to a 13th century church belonging to the Knights Templar. The Knights were responsible for protecting pilgrims, which was neat to learn.

    We're both feeling a bit fatigued. I took a rest day to recover from a bout of tonsillitis. A Camino friend, Steve, celebrated his 50th birthday today. I was elated to find that the albergue had a vegetarian option other than salad and savored my lentils sin carné
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