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  • Day150

    141. Etappe: Pedrouzo

    November 29, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Santiago so nah vor Augen hat uns heute einen richtigen Schub gegeben, so dass wir mit 33,1 km noch einmal eine Ü30-Etappe raus gehauen haben. Damit haben wir eine hervorragende Ausgangsposition für die morgige finale Etappe nach Santiago, die wir mit gut 19 km entspannt angehen können, um jeden Schritt der Zielgeraden zu genießen.
    Aber der Reihe nach.
    Die erwartet mollig warme Nacht wurde es leider nicht, da das Vergnügen einer funktionierenden Heizung sehr kurzweilig war. Trotz einer - zumindest für Daniel - kurzen Nacht und sehr regnerischer Vorhersagen starteten wir, wie gewohnt, voll motiviert in den Tag. Die Sonne ließ sich von unserer Motivation anstecken und kämpfte sich zwischendrin immer mal wieder durch die vielen Wolken. So schritt es sich leichter über die sich anfangs konsequent durchziehende Asphaltroute. Nach einem Drittel unserer heutigen Strecke gelangten wir vom Camino del Norte auf den Camino Frances. Auf den folgenden Kilometern stellten sich nun auch immer mehr Wälder und kleine Orte ein. Ziemlich erschöpft (Daniel 😉) beziehen wir unsere heutige sehr schöne Herberge und werden uns später ein verdientes Pilgermahl im Ort schmecken lassen. Und bei mindestens einer Person (Franzi 😊) wird beim bevorstehenden Zieleinlauf heute Nacht sicherlich ein spannendes Duell zwischen Müdigkeit und Aufregung ausgefochten.
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  • Day6

    Day 5 -Arzua to Arca

    April 12, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Today was the sunniest day so far so we made the most of the good weather and only stopped to soak up the sun in a pilgrim's cafe garden. We were on a mission to beat Tom and Vera to Arca (which we did by a whole hour despite them coming via bus, and us walking). Passed some beautiful hamlets and dense forest for 18 kilometres before meeting Tom and Vera for his birthday dinner.Read more

  • Day7

    Day 6 - Arca to Santiago de Compostela

    April 13, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We met up with Tom and Vera for coffee before setting off for the last leg of the walk. We passed through forests of eucalyptus trees and climbed to the highest point so far. We passed the sign for Santiago at about 5pm and staggered into the old town about 45 minutes later. Celebrating the completion of our mission with a glass of wine and a hot shower!Read more

  • Day6

    Blister

    May 11, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    ‘Our Way’ became ‘His Way’ today, because of the blister. The last five km yesterday were difficult to say the least - my feet hurt so much, hence the downbeat tone of my last blog. I decided not to walk today. Chris set out at 9am though, headed for Salceda. I hung around in the hotel until about 10am, clearing the room, and drinking tea in the bar. I then went across to the church - it had been half closed yesterday, with only the stamping table accessible. Quite a pleasant place to cry. The weather has been lovely today - warm and sunny, so I didn’t mind waiting at the bus stop, but it soon became clear that one wasn’t about to come any time soon. So, I went to the nearby bar which was festooned with football caps - the walls and ceiling were completely covered. No buses to Salceda from here, so they called me a taxi - I wasn’t offended.

    A half an hour journey and I had arrived at the Albergue Turistico Salceda in a pretty hamlet outside the main village. It has been created from a series of farm buildings and has a fish pond with ornamental fountain, and a plunge style swimming pool (only half filled). Chris was aiming to get here for about 1.30pm. Of course, I was very early, so I chatted on the terrace with an Israeli couple for the next hour or so, until our room was ready. We compared ailments - she had a gippy tummy and had had to halt her journey for a while too. The medico de perigrinos (pilgrims’ doctor) brought her a concoction of rice water, which he ladled into a plastic dish through a seive, straight from the saucepan - it looked like bath water! The medic in question turned out to be the owner, barman, and receptionist too - a very talented man. I decided not to ask him about my foot :/

    I was just giving my passport details when Chris arrived - record time of 3 hours and 26 mins - I hold him up, but it’s very boring without me ;) NB: I should just let you know that Chris believes his speediness was down to the Pilgrims’ Blessing he received in the church at Arzua, where all the walkers were called to the front at the end of the mass and sprinkled with holy water brought by the nun. It’s an alternative theory.

    Chris dumped his backpack and we walked down the lane to the village bar for lunch - I had a very interesting ham and peppers dish - not what I was expecting, but tasty all the same. We have been for another couple of walks down the other 2 lanes that lead from the hotel (in flip flops), because that’s what you do when you’re taking a break from walking.

    What we’ve learnt today:
    Just the one thing - Padel is a game of Mexican origin, very popular in South America and Spain - it’s a cross between squash and real tennis and is coming to the rest of Europe really soon. They don’t do it at Loughborough Uni yet (on good authority)
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  • Day147

    Arzua and O Pedrouza - July 25-26

    July 26, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    July 26

    Tomorrow we walk into Santiago! Andy, Paul and Mirabelle are already there, and they are going to meet Alan, Paku, and me at the Cathedral ❤️. Being together with them at the end will be special.

    Someone told me I couldn’t really prepare for what would happen on this journey, and she was right. This whole experience has totally surpassed my expectations. I can’t even put into words how amazing it has been. 💕

    Highlights from this Stretch:

    1. The beautiful farmland with the ridiculously tall corn
    2. Renting a room for $50 and ending up with a whole 3 bedroom apartment! 😳😃
    3. Dinner at Casa Chelo - Food cooked by grandmas 😋😋 and Paku posing with the grandmas. So good!
    4. Dinner with Paku - When Paku gets into a town, he finds out where the best restaurant is and where the best wine is, then he lets us know. Thank you Paku!!!
    5. Paku running into his friend from Luxembourg after not seeing him since early on in France!
    6. Someone painted “I Will Walk 500 Miles” on a cement wall, so I figured that is the song for today’s video. 🙂

    Santiago has been the goal for so long, and tomorrow we will be there. 🙂
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  • Day27

    Twenty fourth stop - O Pedrouzo

    May 25, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Ribadiso da Baixo -> 24km -> O Pedrouzo
    With the heat down, walking becomes easier. Yesterday's big storm cooled the temperatures so we managed to walk further than planned today. More eucalyptus forests were passed, which seemed to be everywhere in Galicia. Last night before the big arrival tomorrow - fingers crossed all goes wellRead more

  • Day31

    O Pedrouzo

    September 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    In O Pedrouzo angekommen, nehm ich erst einmal meinen kompletten Rucksack auseinander und gebe alles was waschbar ist zum waschen und trocknen, denn ich hab tatsächlich nun auch die ersten Bisse von Bettwanzen. Aber halb so schlimm, es sind nur ein paar an den Händen und ich habe Glück denn sie jucken nicht.

    Anschließend gehen wir in einem hippen vegetarischen Restaurant essen. Mal wieder eines der besten Essen auf dem Camino... Martin hat einfach ein Talent dafür die besten Restaurants zu finden...
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  • Day25

    Tag 20. Fast geschafft

    June 6, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Nach einem guten Essen im Casa Nene und einer wirklich guten Nacht im Stockbett, sind wir erholt für die vorletzte Etappe. Trotz angekündigten Starkregen und Sturm machen wir uns gemütlich auf den Weg. Wir buchen nochmal Herberge in einem alten Bauernhaus und hoffen das Beste. Jetzt wird es auf dem Camino voll. Wir kommen uns vor wie beim Wandertag, überholen rechts und links, uns ganz neue Nationalitäten sind hier unterwegs und wir sehnen uns zurück zu unserem einsamen Camino mit den paar Leuten, die wir immer wieder getroffen haben. Jetzt sind wir keine Gemeinschaft mehr, nur noch 2 unter vielen vielen Pilgern. Es ist uns zu laut und zu voll. Es regnet in Strömen. Die letzte Etappe bis Santiago machen wir aber auch noch. Morgen.Read more

  • Day120

    A Portela - Pedrouzo

    October 8, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Oje. Die vorletzte Etappe und eine, die einem den Abschied vom Camino deutlich erleichtert. Es sind inzwischen so viele Menschen unterwegs, dass man zwischendurch wie in einer Karawane läuft. Die gesamte Infrastruktur auf dem Weg ist nur noch auf Pilger ausgerichtet. Während auf dem Camino Primitivo zwischendurch über 15 km keine Zivilisation erkennbar war, ist nun an jeder Ecke eine Bar oder ein Souvenirstand. Menschen pilgern in Jeans und Converse, mit Rucksacktransport oder gleich mit dem Taxi. Das Tagesziel ist zugleich die hässlichste Ortschaft der letzten Wochen und lebt nur von Pilgern. Und das Wetter tut sein Übriges, um die Stimmung zu trüben.Read more

  • Day23

    Wet lemmings

    September 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Today's KMs - 33.3kms
    Total KMs - 542.6kms
    Total blisters - 12 (3 new ones today on the same toe ☹️)

    We left Melide in the rain which didn't ease for the next 7 hours until our arrival into O Pedrouzo. There was a constant stream of coloured ponchos and rain jackets down each path as we all walked the Camino, sliding our way through like wet lemmings. The guide book wasn't kidding, foot traffic has definitely grown exponentially. It was hard walking through the crowds which included more bikes than we've seen since we arrived in Spain. Odd to see riders without helmets speeding pass us on foot. It must be a different experience doing the Camino by bike. We even saw kids walking the Camino today.

    There wasn't much to see today with the scenery blocked by the fog/ rain and photos made impossible without other walkers in the way. It was interesting to see everyone and wonder how different their journeys have been which brought them to the path today. We did notice that we were in the minority with our packs on. Most walkers must have sent their packs on with some walking in jeans and wearing thongs/ flats. We were doing it hard & they must have thought we were stupid.

    Aside from the crowds of lemmings there were so many bars, eateries and camino merchandise stalls along the way. Neither the Norte or the Primitivo had anything like this. The luxury of not having to carry your food and water each day!

    Now, only 19.4kms to Santiago!
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