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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 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

    A Scorcher

    May 12 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Hot weather predicted, so we set off earlyish to avoid the heat - into the cool, bright chill of the morning. Hardly a soul down in the woods, or on the country lanes. Just the occasional dog barking “hello” or “get lost pilgrim”- the occasional scent of orange blossom - the cottage gardens with semi-detached vegetable patches blending into the fields - a vivid blue sky over the plantations of eucalyptus, clearing the senses.

    A cafe stop at a crossroads, for tea, coffee, and a couple of chunks of ring cake that tasted like madeleines gritted with sugar. WhatsApping. Sitting outside under the trees as the traffic passed.

    A brief stop at a passport stamp stall, in its own special shelter, the table decorated with spiritual books, and an incense burner under a clam shell. We took a photo for a German lady who had been walking the route since April, and she did the same for us, before parting ways into yet more eucalyptus - “auf weidersehn” and “buen Camino”.

    A little close-up with a beautiful white horse that was seducing passing pilgrims with its long eyelashes, and velvet grey muzzle, and we were almost done for the day, ’there’ being ‘Pedrouzo’ with its cockerel in a football scarf on a plinth, outside the town hall!

    Just perfectly timed to check in to our albergue, have a quick lie down and then head out for lunch in a restaurant looking out over the Galician valley below. Paella (surf and turf), and a small beer of course.
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  • Day7

    Day 6 - Arca to Santiago de Compostela

    April 13 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 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 ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    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

  • Day25

    Tag 20. Fast geschafft

    June 6 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

  • Day19

    Final Countdown

    May 27, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Arzua - O Pedrouzo 19,5km

    Heute zeigte Galicien noch einmal seine ganze Schönheit. Durch Eukalyptus-Mischwälder, keltisch anmutenden Feldwegen und Dörfer erreichten wir das vorletzte Etappenziel unserer wunderschönen Reise. Mit einem Restprogramm von 20km werden wir morgen Mittag dann Santiago erreichen.Read more

  • Day33

    A Salceda..... noch 25km

    June 22, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Eigentlich gibt's nichts neues..... heute 28km gewandert, es wird deutlich voller.
    Ich bin heute vorweg gelaufen und war für die Herberge verantwortlich........
    Zudem war ich auf der Suche nach der "Pink Lady", eine Amerikanerin, ganz in pink gekleidet, die ihr Tagebuch im Cafe El Alemán vergessen hatte. Nach ca. 7 km hatte ich sie gefunden und ihr alles überreicht..... wie Amerikaner so sind, umarmte und herzte sie mich dafür und wollte mich gar nicht mehr loslassen.

    Auf dem Weg hab ich dann noch einen Esel getroffen und mit 2 Südkoreanerinnen geplaudert, die ganz verliebt in meinen "Wolfgang", den kleinen Plüschwolf waren.....

    Die Herberge ist recht nett und etwas edler.... es gab einen Pool. Ich durfte mein Zelt aufbauen, direkt neben einem Gartenteich.
    Ich hoffe nur die Nacht wird ruhig.
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