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  • Day34

    1000m lager

    August 10, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Wauuuww wat een prachtige afdaling! Ik wilde eigenlijk elke 10m wel stoppen om te genieten van het mooie uitzicht ;p Nu zit ik ff op een terrasje in Ponferrada. Wat drinken en eten, ennn even uitzoeken of ik hier ergens een powerbank+stekker en naald+draad kan vinden.Read more

  • Day23

    Back to Ponferrada

    June 25, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    I had a really tough but almost always enjoyable walk today up to Peñalba De Santiago, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. It’s tucked way up in the mountains and has been inhabited since the tenth century when the hermit saint Genadio set up some caves for hermits. The walk was very remote and I even walked in some of the channels made by the Romans to get water over to the hills with gold nearby. I got there just in time for a very interesting visit to the 10th century church. After walking around, I pondered my situation.

    My plans were to stay in Peñalba tonight and then take a more remote path tomorrow to connect to the Camino Invierno.

    But three things made me change my mind. First I had had no cell service almost the whole way and tomorrow would be no better. Second, I had inexplicably forgotten to download tracks for tomorrow on my GPS. And third, even though I was able to get offline tracks onto my phone, the battery would have died about half way through.

    Now I love a challenge as much as the next guy, but this seemed stupid. So a very nice couple from Madrid drove me back to Ponferrada. And I will start the Invierno tomorrow from the proper place.
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  • Day22

    Into Ponferrada

    June 24, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    This walk turned out to be a lot longer than I thought —another 30 km somehow. It must have been the tracks I followed, since I was taking a “cheating walk” rather than following the official Camino Olvidado to the end.

    The first cheating was when the arrows pointed me up to a sanctuary high above the reservoir. Since I was walking in pea soup and since the church is relatively modern, (why walk an extra km or two to see a modern church?!) I just shaved a km or two of ascent off the day. The rest of the day was foggy and humid but good walking weather. No particularly stunning scenery —over and around a dam/reservoir and through a couple of pine forests.

    At one point my GPS was taking me through some really overgrown mess and I saw a track going up and heard voices up there. So I thought that was the better option. Sure enough there was a group of cyclists with diabetes doing a Spain-Germany cycle. They pointed me in the right direction and within a few hours I was in Ponferrada.

    Soon after I arrived, it started to rain —lucky me to have missed it all on the walk. Doing a little legal work this afternoon, and I’ll then meet up with some others who are going to walk the Camino Invierno too.
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  • Day24

    Leon to Ponferrada

    May 13, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    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

  • Day14

    Molinaseca to Ponferrada

    October 4, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    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

  • Day138

    Cruz de Ferro and Ponferrada

    July 17, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    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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  • Day25

    Rabanal del Camino-Ponferrada

    May 13, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    32 km de marche. Ce matin, Martin a décidé d’aller rejoindre sa famille pour la mort de son beau père. J’ai décidé de poursuivre l’aventure pour lui et pour moi. De retour dans les paysages à couper le souffle.Read more

  • Day42

    In Ponferrada, down in the valley

    October 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    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) 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° 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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  • Day19

    Sixteenth stop - Ponferrada

    May 17, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    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!Read more

  • Day28

    Hospital de Órbigo - Ponferrada

    September 15, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Meine Tagesetappe sollte mich heute nach Ponferrada führen. Nach dem Aufstehen begab ich mich zur Bushaltestelle. Der Bus kam mit einer gewohnten Verspätung. Mit dem Bus fuhr ich zwei Haltestellen weit, stieg aus und machte mich auf die Wanderschaft.
    Der Weg führte wiederum über weite Felder. Es gab aber deutlich mehr Grün zu sehen in Form von Sträuchern und Bäumen. Nach einer kleinen Steigung gab es auf der rechten Seite eine Art Raststätte, die sehr originell war. Es gab alles Mögliche, das man nehmen konnte. Es gab Tee, Kaffee, Milch, kühles Wasser mit Kräutern und man konnte sich auch selber einen Orangensaft pressen. Das Ganze funktionierte nach dem Donation-Prinzip, also auf Spendenbasis.
    Es stellte sich heraus, dass der alternative Mann aus der Schweiz stammte, aus dem Kanton Aargau. Er hatte dieses Restaurant von seinem Vorgänger übernommen, der das Ganze während zehn Jahren geführt hatte. Schon bald kamen immer mehr Leute hinzu und erfrischten oder stärkten sich.
    Nach einer weiteren Wanderetappe gelangte ich schließlich nach Astorga. Dort gab es vor allem die Kathedrale und den Gaudi-Palast anzusehen. Der Gaudi-Palast wirkt eher künstlich. Positiv zu erwähnen sind noch zwei superschöne Wandmalereien an zwei Gebäuden.
    Von Astorga aus nahm ich noch den Bus bis nach Ponferrada. Ponferrada ist eine kleine Stadt ohne wesentliche Sehenswürdigkeiten. Auf einem Platz hatte es unzählig viele Cafes, wo bereits viele Leute sassen und zufrieden konsumierten. In einem Café fand ich einen Platz und ass dort einen megafeinen Champignon-Gemüse-Eier- Eintopf.
    An diesem Abend ging ich früher ins Bett, da ich am nächsten Morgen sehr früh den Bus nehmen musste, nämlich um 5:15 Uhr 😜.
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Ponferrada, بونفيرادا, Ponferado, PFE, ポンフェラーダ, 폰페라다, 24400, Понферрада, Понферада, 蓬费拉达