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Ponferrada

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  • Day14

    Molinaseca to Ponferrada

    October 4 in Spain

    As I write this, I am sitting next to the Knights Templar Castle in Ponferrada which is my end point. This phase of the Camino is over after 150 or so miles. I will spend the night here and travel to Madrid in the morning. So, a small hotel in Madrid tomorrow night and catch a plane home Saturday morning is all that is left. It has been a great trip and I met great people along the way. I managed this trip much better as far as keeping my feet healthy and the whole planning part of things. There are a lot of people from the United States, Western Canada, Australia and Germany out here...I saw more of these nationalities then any other this trip. I really only met two people that I didn’t care for and both were obnoxious entitled women from Cape Cod. The French people that I met this time along the way were great! As always thank you for checking in and I will see you all soon. Thanks!Read more

  • Day42

    Before describing today I want to say a few more things about yesterday that I forgot to mention. So many little things happen, that I forget when writing...first, I have to say that when we left in the very cold morning, the frost everywhere on the grasses, ferns...white everywhere was quite amazing. But the one funny thing that Amr wants me to say is about a Spanish woman, a peregrino, middle-aged, who was just ahead of us when a cyclist came hooning along our track, which was rather narrow at the time...well she was furious (as we were too - they should use the road at those times) but she yelled at him, then delivered a tirade in very rapid Spanish to Amr about the rudeness of cyclists etc etc...glad it was Amr, but he only caught the gist of course...when she finally stopped and found we were Australian she still spoke rapidly in Spanish, but then asked for English lessons about phrases...”a wonderful day”, “a difficult Camino”...quite funny...but we struck her again this morning, and this time we were on the downhill climb to Molinaseca and she passed us and turned and held her finger to her lips and indicated how peaceful the silence was, just birds....then she said “las mujeres...” yak yak...meaning the women we had all passed were chatting constantly and being irritating to her! Thank goodness we were OK! People yakking a lot can disturb the peace, but that is all part of it...they are having a good time, and you are never near people for long. Also, must mention dinner last night. We went to the little restaurant near our place and had a great meal...just a peregrino menu, but for the meat course Amr and I both had rabbit with almond sauce and it was delicious. Today in Ponferrada we saw a fish dish with almond sauce, so it must be the thing round here.

    Anyway, to get to today - we left at about 8.10, and walked 16 kms to Ponferrada. We thought it would be fairly easy and not too long, but the first 8 kms to Molinaseca were quite demanding downhill...we had forgotten how long that was (and were very glad we hadn’t had to do it yesterday afternoon)...so we stopped for refreshment, and set off for the last 8 kms and also forgot how long and undulating that was - you can see the city, but have to walk a couple of hours to reach it....

    We are now down in the Bierzo valley, and the climate has changed drastically! It is HOT again...we found our very nice modern hotel, showered and went out to explore a bit, but after a bite to keep us going till dinner (again chiperones a la plancha!) we have retired back to our room to escape the afternoon heat! And it will only cool off to about 12° overnight...so no jackets tomorrow. Ponferrada is a lovely city...a Templar castle (which we toured last time), and great old town with narrow streets and squares. We will probably meet Brigitte, Janette and Jessica for dinner, as we are all staying at the same hotel, El Castillo.

    Tomorrow’s walk is about 24 kms through the valley, and is the day last time when we saw the grape harvesting. Today on a hill we saw some picking going on, so who knows, maybe we’ll see it again. We will check the vines to see if they are still laden with grapes.
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  • Day24

    Leon to Ponferrada

    May 13 in Spain

    Hello from Ponferrada, Spain. First off, Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom...thank you for all of your support! I took it easy today and got myself to Ponferrada. I stayed in a small hotel last night so, unlike an albergue, check out time was not until noon. That enabled me to sleep in and take my time this morning. I also got my flight booked to come home this morning. I have an 8:30 am flight on Friday the 25th out of Porto, Portugal landing in Boston at 1:20 pm. An 11 hour flight but I lose 6 hours with the time difference. I will take the train or bus to Portland and Connor is picking me up there. I met up with two older gentlemen from London last night in Leon. They had just arrived and begin walking to Santiago today. They are taking the easier method of walking the Camino....they walk until they are tired and call someone from their booking agency to drive them to the next town. We met up at a cafe and when they learned I had been walking for almost three weeks, they wanted to here some of my stories. As it turned out, we had dinner together and had a great political discussion among other topics. The really great part?...they bought the wine!...which was the really good stuff! I arrived at the bus depot in Ponferrada at around 3pm. I had a 2mile or so walk to find the Camino path and a place to stay around 4:30. I ended up in a small albergue. I had dinner tonight with an engineer from Frankfort, Germany and a physician from Barcelona, Spain. Again, great discussion and food. Tomorrow, I am on the trail again...15 miles to the next town. I will enter the province of Galicia in the next couple of days. Galacia is very mountainous and the scenery is stunning I have been told so the photos from here on in to Santiago should be great. Galacia also has a huge Celtic influence so that should be interesting to see. It is also known for its seafood...especially octopus and I will be trying that out for sure. It is also very mountainous, so I will be grinding up and down huge hills once again. That’s it from here...I hope this finds everyone well!Read more

  • Day138

    We began the morning by hiking up to Cruz de Ferro. When we arrived, I could see this huge mound of rocks with a wooden pole topped with an iron cross set in the center. There were a few people up on the mound. Since the pilgrims’ path is to actually cross over the mound, Alan and I began climbing and, as I'm looking down to place my feet, I see prayers and messages handwritten on these rocks; pictures drawn, letters, and names. It hit me like a wall, these rocks I was treading upon were thousands of people's inner and most private thoughts. I can’t even explain how powerful it was.

    When we reached the top, I bent down and spread dad’s ashes near a rock that said “Free” and one that said “I Love You” in German. I also left my rock there, and Alan placed his agate next to my rock. So...on this highest point of the Camino, I was able to leave a piece of my dad❤️It was very moving.

    The rest of our hike had us following a path that reminded us of The Sound of Music...beautiful. Then we went down, down, and down some more through cute villages and towns until we finally arrived in Ponferrada. Tomorrow, we head to Villafranca. Only 126 miles left to go.

    Blister and Achilles update: My blister is healed and my Achilles pain was gone this morning. I am hoping it stays gone. 🙂
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  • Day19

    Villares de Óbrigo -> 15km (+52km by train) -> Ponferrada
    After yesterday's beautiful diner, which was a real melting pot of nationalities, today we walked to Astorga, where we visited the beautiful Cathedral and walked around town. From there we took a train (and skipped a huge storm it seems) to Ponferrada from which we will continue the road tomorrow!

  • Day26

    Ponferrada

    June 15 in Spain

    Was gibt's zu erzählen? Nach einem sehr emotionalem Moment am Morgen ging es, zumindest für mich, durch die bisher schönste Landschaft..... Es wurde bergig⛰, die Aussicht war grandios, dazu perfektes Sommerwetter ☀️☀️🌡...

    Der Weg hielt einige Schwierigkeiten bereit und die Flora war sehr bunt und vielfältig 🌼🌺🌾🌸. Rundum wunderschön. Bin wieder ganz allein gelaufen, die letzten 5km hab ich dann Brigitte getroffen, eine Mittfünfzigerin aus Köln... es entspann sich ein schönes Gespräch. Brigitte läuft schon seit Hannover, hat aber so langsam genug und freut sich auf Ihr Zuhause.

    In Ponferrada angekommen hab ich mich erst mal verlaufen 🙄😳.... bin 1 Stunde umhergeirrt auf der Suche nach einer Herberge mit Zeltplatz, mit der Hilfe von Google Maps hab ich sie dann gefunden.

    Der mir zugewiesene Zeltplatz (Ich war wieder ganz allein) stellte sich dann als ehemaliger Friedhof heraus 😳😱..... und als aktueller Hundespielplatz 🐕🐶🐩. Als ich gegen 22.00 ins Zelt wollte waren ca 10 Hunde, samt Besitzer zugegen und tollten noch eine halbe Ewigkeit herum. An Schlaf war also erstmal nicht zu denken 😴😴....

    In der Nacht war es dann recht ruhig, jedoch tummelten sich jede Menge Fledermäuse 🦇🦇 in der Luft. Irgendwie auch beeindruckend.
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  • Day27

    Ponferrada 26 km

    September 26, 2017 in Spain

    Mit leichtem Nebel ging es Richtung Chruz de Fierro. Sehr Eindrücklich und mit Gänsehaut durfte ich nach über 2000 km zu Fuss meine mitgebrachten Steine ablegen. Danach ging es meisten abwärts bis ins Ziel. Superschöne Natur durfte ich geniessen.

  • Day31

    Over the mountain

    June 2, 2017 in Spain

    The climb to the Cruz de Ferro was challenging, but the morning weather and sweeping vistas looking back were lovely. I got to the summit well before noon, left a rock by the cross-- as is tradition-- and spent some time taking in the ambience.

    The hike *down* the steep and rocky trails was much tougher, and I found myself missing Honey Badger. A bike would have turned 2 hours of stumbling into a 10 minute glide.

    I stopped at the first town over the top, El Acebo, putting off the rest of my descent until the following day. Good decision. The place I stayed was great, and the rocky canyon below was hard enough on *fresh* legs.

    My day ended in Ponferrada, an ancient town once run by the Knights Templar. I was happy to be over one mountain range, and already thinking about the famously difficult climb I'd face a few days later-- O Cebreiro, gateway to the province of Galicia.
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  • Day28

    Explored the castle after finding a cute jazz coffee shop for iced coffees. The tapas tradition made its way there as we received an assortment of cookies with our order. The castle was hosting an exhibition of medieval books. There was also an exhibit on fortresses in Spain.

  • Day29

    Morning Start 7/17

    July 17 in Spain

    A 24 HR pharmacy, good symbol of the start. Stocked up on on more ibuprofen. Today is a pseudo rest day. We're walking to the bus station and busing to Villafranca then resting at a hotel for a couple of days. Hoping to heal to take on the last 100km.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Ponferrada, بونفيرادا, Ponferado, PFE, ポンフェラーダ, 폰페라다, 24400, Понферрада, Понферада, 蓬费拉达

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