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    • Day37

      Von mercadoiro nach airexe

      June 8, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Hallo Freunde des caminos. Heute stand die oben genannte Etappe ganz im Zeichen, Regencape an oder wieder aus, dass Wetter war wechselhaft aber zum Pilgern optimal. Gestern Abend, begegnete ich in der Alberque eine Spanierin, welche vor Knieschmerzen kaum laufen konnte. Nach langem hin und her, habe ich ihr dann, das Declophenac Schmerzgel gegeben welches sie dann direkt aufgetragen hatte. Diese Dame war so gerührt, dass sie mir ein paar Zeilen hat zukommen lassen, womit sie mir ihre Dankbarkeit mitteilen wollte (siehe Foto,s ). Sie ist mir heute auf der Etappe begegnet und konnte ganz normal ihren camino fortsetzen. Das ist der camino. Man könnte die Etappe auch als unspektakulär bezeichnen aber sie hat mich wieder ca 24km näher zum Ziel gebracht. So langsam steigt die Spannung, denn das lang ersehnte Ziel rückt in greifbare Nähe. Erkenntnis des Tages: Auch wechselhaftes Wetter, hat seine Vorteile. Ultreya.Read more

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      ❤️🥰👍👌

      6/8/22Reply
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      ja mein Freund, wenn du ganz weit in den Horizont blickst ist das Ziel endlich in Sicht👍 Ganz große Leistung 💪 der Rest ist ein Klacks und den wirst du auch meistern🤘 Bald kannst du deine Füße schonen, denn dann ist wieder Harley Zeit🤘 See You

      6/8/22Reply
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      Danke Mike, ja dass Ziel ist bald erreicht und ich habe unglaubliche Erfahrungen sammeln können, welche ich dann bei unserer nächsten Harleytor erzählen darf. buen camino Amigo.

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    • Day38

      Tag 38 von Mercadoiro nach Airexe

      June 8, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌨 15 °C

      Heute gibt es nicht viel zu berichten.
      Leider hat es heute den ganzen Tag geregnet was aber echt kein Problem mehr darstellt.
      Auch der Weg war heute nicht so besonders.
      Morgen soll das Wetter besser sein und es kommen auch ein paar besondere Orte.
      Mal sehen wie es weitergeht.
      Ich hab ja noch über 200 km vor mir.
      Bis jetzt allerdings war und ist es ein richtiges Abenteuer.
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      Du bist echt super. Du wirst sehen, je näher du deinem Ziel kommst, umso mehr Energie und Ausdauer bekommst du. Weiter so. lg Anna

      6/8/22Reply
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    • Day42

      Portomarin to Palas de Rei

      June 1, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      I had another early start but it was very foggy so there was no beautiful sunrise. It was quite a climb for the first few hours but it was still so foggy that you couldn’t see what you were climbing or where you’d come from.

      After about 5kms we reached the top of a hill and there was a van and some tables set up with fruit, juice and coffee. But unfortunately it wasn’t a donativo, it was the breakfast for the large tour group that had been walking alongside me. Very disappointing! Fortunately there was a real breakfast stop around 7 kms and I sat out in the sunshine with my bacon and eggs, fresh orange juice and coffee.

      Soon after the fog lifted but the sky began to darken. And then it poured. And it poured. And it poured. The first rain I have had on the whole Camino.

      Palas de Rei isn’t as vibrant as the last few stays. I had an big lunch and some ice cream for dinner and then an early night.

      Albergue Mesón de Benito
      20kms
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      Great shot

      6/1/22Reply
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      How’s the new rain jacket?

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      Traveler

      It worked as well as it could in the deluge. Even people with more expensive rain gear were soaked. And I was totally visible!

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    • Day43

      Palas de Rei to Arzua

      June 2, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      It was a long and noisy night. And so airless. Everyone came in yesterday afternoon wet and tired and closed the door and windows of the dormitory - by morning you can imagine how it was!

      My foot was particularly painful today and I wondered if I would be able to go on. The path was so crowded and loud. It is so different to the last month - a totally different experience.

      Luckily Johan and Tony are staying in this town too and we caught up for a few drinks this afternoon/evening. Because my walk has been so disjointed I have lost track of most of the people I’ve met on the way and it was so good to be with some familiar faces from home. I feel a lot better and am looking forward to tomorrow.

      A Casa do Lajueiro
      10kms
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      Di you're nearly there; you've got this. I'm glad you met up with Johan and Tony and it made you feel better. Sending positive vibes to you.

      6/2/22Reply
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      That feeling as you get so close to Santiago. It’s quite different with so many people starting at Sarria. Do what you can and be proud of yourself for getting so far with your foot injury

      6/2/22Reply
      Traveler

      Youre looking great Diane Stay strong! sending love and hugs

      6/2/22Reply
      Traveler

      See you tomorrow Di, it sure is a very different experience since Sarria. I agree with Jenny- amazing effort and determination walking with your foot injury! It’s hard enough already! Bravo you xxx

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    • Day23

      Palais de Rei

      June 10, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

      Got here in very short order, despite moderate discomfort. Should give some time to see this town and perhaps get a wax stamp from the store that offered the first Camino wax stamp, La Tienda de Ionut. This is the home of the Spanish ParaOlympic athlete Ionut Preda who has carved out his own business niche here. Dinner will have to be in town, as my lodging, La Cabaña had their main building burn down. But the log cabins were preserved! And they have a nice tented eating area for drinks and breakfast.

      Met Ronin a British cyclist living in New York. He started in London in early May and biked through France to St. Jean all The Way to here he will finish tomorrow. An avid vinophile, he was lucky to have met a winemaker in Bierzo who invited him to visit, so he carved out a 25 km detour near Villafranca del Bierzo. He reports that rural France is in very tough shape after Covid, being vulnerably dependent on the one market or the one baker in town.

      I went to Ionuts´ shop and got the amazing stamp (for free with a t-shirt!)
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      Ok very narrow 2-3 foot wide slot…had to go Slowly by Slowly

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      A very unique Horneo

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      Ants!? Why it have to be Ants!?

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    • Day29

      Leaving Lugo

      June 4, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Via some old Roman roads and bridges we left the city of Lugo for the last 100km towards Santiago. It's been a pleasant day. We close off this day at an albergue run by a dutch couple. Tomorrow we will join the Camino Frances for the last part.Read more

    • Day28

      Ventas de Naron

      July 28, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      Today we arrived in the tiny farming community of Ventas de Naron- the only place I' ve seen where corn and pine trees grow side by side. A few minutes to review our stats: 28 days of consecutive walking; spending the night in 28 different Albergues; covering 435 miles; with 3 days of walking to go! It has been exhilarating, challenging, difficult, brilliant, arduous, awesome, and at times, challenged our comfort zones, (sir- please put your pants on!).
      Animals/insects along the way: horses, donkeys, cows, sheep, goats, dogs, skinny cats, green frogs, thin green lizards, dead hedgehogs; birds, hawks, storks, snails, grey butt bees, striped beetles, banana bread slugs, tons of mariposas that have led our way, cicadas, so many flies, a dead mole, and no pigs, (although we've eaten a substantial amount).
      Photos: homemade paella for dinner last night; structure at each house for drying corn; crooked gate to the dark beyond; Jack's Spanish soul mate; breaking the 100 meter mark; a gorgeous sunrise; banana, (bread), slug; beautiful sights along the way. Love to you from Spain! ❤️
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      That’s a beautiful picture of 2 beautiful wonderful hikers. The background is so beautiful. Not to many more days and home sweet home. We will be so glad to hug you and tell you how proud we are of all of you. Love to the moon and back like the kids day but it’s true.

      7/28/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wow! That paella has me salivating, unlike the banana bread slug that does look like an over ripe banana ready for the bowl. I’m surprised to see it took so long before we got a horse picture. What a great adventure, I can hardly wait for the power point! Enjoy the last of your trip! ❤️

      7/28/22Reply
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      I see strength and determination in those faces! Almost there! Love you❤️

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    • Day28

      Uphill all the way

      September 25, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Portomarin- Vendas de Naron
      Have to say that shortly after we got our room yesterday we heard gun shots and a cannon. Then a lot of cannon fire and a lot more gun shots. Was about to try record it and ask if there was an uprising near us. But it turned out to be a wedding- an apparent cannon/shotgun wedding.
      Started out today shortly after 7 am. We both woke up early with the anticipation of rain or something but at 9 degrees not sure what. Had our headlamps and again come across a split. This time we hoped to get the easier way. Started out one lady ahead of us then small groups and then larger groups- which looked like University students.
      Stopped for breakfast about 2.5 hours later and then the temp dipped to 7 degrees. Walking was the best thing to do to keep warm.
      We walked steady up hill since this morning and then the degree of hill got a little more intense. At the top of the hill is ‘Castro de Castromaior’ historical site that supposedly they have found evidence of three different time periods. Someone will have to read the picture I took of the explanation and tell everyone the first date reported.
      After that find we had at least another 4kms climb until we got to Naron… we are done - even the university students had thinned out and no longer in there large groups.
      Arrived at noon - 5 hours of walking up hill.
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      Traveler

      I’m out of breath and superlatives watching your climb to Portamarin. Time for R & R.

      9/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wow. Only 14. Sounds like around home on a few days

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      Traveler

      wow. that's cool. never seen anything like that.

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    • Day22

      Lounging on a Patio in Vendas de Naron

      June 9, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

      OK if you were here it would go from great to perfect!

      A wonderful little hamlet of maybe 10 buildings and a small chapel. In 820, this was the site of a key defeat of the Moors by Spain by Alphonse II the chaste. That same year James the Greaters´ remains were discovered and Alphonse commissioned the cathedral to house them. His journey to Santiago to confirm the findings was the first pilgrimage here and defined the Primitivo Route. I met a strapping 6.5 foot tall 25 year old Spainiard who agreed his pilgrimage last year on the Primitivo was the hardest thing he had ever done…it’s known as a tough route.Read more

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      Coco

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      This poor guy is digging a trench for an electrical line

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    • Day32

      Ventas de Narón

      October 6, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

      Just a short 9.7 miles today. The crowds were a little less today. We stayed before the recommended stage, so most of the people were ahead of us.
      It was a climb today. Mostly uphill, very little downhill. Better for my poor knees...also great for cardiovascular health. 😁
      We took a short detour to see a cool archeological site. It was a fortified settlement from the Iron Age (pre-Roman times) and is related to Celtic culture.
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      So, so gorgeous!!! 😍

      10/6/22Reply
       

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