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    • Day105

      Gijon

      August 27, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Nachdem Anna und Andi heut früh von Leon aus mim Zug nach Madrid geflogen sind, bin ich zurück nach Gijon gefahren wo ich jetz am Wochenende noch zwei Tage Surfen geh bevor Kathi am Sonntag kommt☺️
      Nachdem ich grad bissl nachlässig mitm schreiben werd werden die Texte ab jetz kürzer 😂
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      Traveler

      Mit dem Zug nach Madrid fliegen klingt echt spannend 👍

      8/28/21Reply
      Traveler

      Das war es auch 😂😂😂

      8/29/21Reply
      Traveler

      😂😂😂

      8/29/21Reply
       
    • Day106

      🏄🏽‍♀️🏄🏽‍♀️🏄🏽‍♀️

      August 28, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Heut Vormittag war ich Surfen, wobei die Wellen hier im Vergleich zu Portugal eher klein und schwach sind. Somit ham wir gefühlt die Hälfte der 2 Stunden gewartet das wieder gscheide Wellen kommen😅vielleicht is morgen besser 😅Read more

    • Day107

      🏄🏽‍♀️ & Aviles

      August 29, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Heut früh ging’s nochmal zum Surfen und danach noch schnell zum Wäsche waschen bevor ich dann kathi am Flughafen abgeholt hab. Sin dann bis nach Avilon gefahren wo Ma noch essen waren und morgen gehts dann weiter ☺️Read more

    • Day10

      Gijon - Ribadesella

      August 30, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Der Wind legt kräftig zu! Heute haben wir den Tag mit einem 7.7 km-Lauf gestartet und währenddessem die Strandpromenade von Gijon abgecheckt. Danach ging es zum gemütlichen Frühstück im Catlove Café (leider waren keine Katzen da) und dann kreuz und quer durch die Stadt. Am Nachmittag führte uns der Weg dann nach Ribadesella. Der Surf war hier vor allem kalt und windig. Felix hatte mehr Spaß als Lisa, am Ende war jedoch beiden kalt und ab gings in den Van zum Abendbrot. Wir sind gespannt, was der morgige Tag so bringt.Read more

      Traveler

      Schöne Bilder, schafft ihr es denn noch bis Portugal?

      8/31/21Reply
      Traveler

      Nein, Gijon war jetzt der Umkehrpunkt. Wollten auch mal 2 Nächte am Stück an einem Ort bleiben

      8/31/21Reply
      Traveler

      Sehr vernünftig, schließlich habt ihr Urlaub. Viel Spaß weiterhin!

      8/31/21Reply
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    • Day6

      To Pola de Lena

      September 11, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      I am now lighting candles for eight people. I am not religious, but there is something very centering about lighting candles and then sitting there quietly thinking and sending good thoughts. Yesterday I was in a (much reformed) Romanesque church. Wide open (unusual) and with real candles instead of electric lights (very unusual). I felt very connected, and I remembered that when my mom was dying, three of my camino amigas who were walking all lit candles for her along the way. It meant so much to me.

      Today’s 27 km were much harder than I expected. My pal Ender had given me some new tracks for this stage, a few changes here and there, and he asked that I try them out. Well where I thought the changes were, the route seemed familiar, and then on a long downhill road walk that I remembered well, I saw his tracks take me off the road. After making such a big point of never turning down the opportunity to go off road, I was sort of already committed. Well, it turns out that Ender sent me the wrong tracks. The 5 or 6 km that deviated from the road were very pretty, but there were sections that required every ounce of concentration and care to make sure I got one foot in front of the other. Horrible ascents, and the descents were just as bad. Ender didn’t mean to give me those tracks, because it’s a path he hasn’t yet navigated himself. I can’t imagine making this the official camino route without a lot of work on the surface.

      The extra hours spent on those Kilometers meant that I arrived after closing of the beautiful ninth century Santa Cristina church. I could have waited for 2 1/2 hours for it to open up again, but I was still 5 km from my destination, and I decided the best idea was to walk on.

      I am in a very nice family run pension, the Payareta. Private room, bath, and breakfast just 20 €. Once again, after a shower, I feel totally refreshed and ready to walk around town .
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      Traveler

      breath taking view!

      9/12/21Reply
      Traveler

      So peaceful!

      9/15/21Reply
      Traveler

      Gorgeous

      9/18/21Reply
      Traveler

      I have photo here Laurie, one of my favourite Camino shots! We did get lost a bit further on, but my Spanish friend hailed down a local who gave us a lift back to the Camino!

      9/18/21Reply
       
    • Day6

      Taxi trick

      September 11, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Once I was showered and had my clothes hanging to dry, I decided I had plenty of time to hop into a cab and go back to visit the inside of the church. Though it was hard to find a free taxi on a Saturday afternoon in a small town, after several phone calls and the help of a hotel clerk (not my hotel) a driver appeared.

      It was just as beautiful as I remembered, and the señora with the keys was the same as the last two times I’ve stopped to visit (One other time it was closed for reforms). The Señora always used to just leave her phone number on the door, and you could call her whenever you got there. If it was convenient for her (she lives about 200 m away) she would come open it. I don’t know if this is a Covid change or what, but the church is now on a regular schedule.

      Anything that is still standing from the ninth century Is bound to be impressive, and this little tiny church meets that standard. It used to be adjacent to a monastery and a palace for the Asturian king, but both of those buildings disappeared. Apparently all of the stones can be found in the walls of many houses throughout the area. Thankfully they left the church in tact.

      I’m not very good with the architectural terms, so the pictures will have to suffice. Awesome .
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      Traveler

      I'm SO pleased you were able to visit this gem, and to share the photos of the interior with us. Mil gracias!

      9/12/21Reply
      Traveler

      Beautiful pictures. So glad that you are enjoying the Camino!

      9/12/21Reply
      Traveler

      Love this!

      9/15/21Reply
       
    • Day7

      Plan B

      September 12, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      I had some more new tracks to follow. There is a very dangerous narrow road that goes for 4 km between two little towns. These tracks were an alternative, not yet officially marked, that went up and around the monte. They were difficult to follow with a lot of undergrowth. I was forced to give up and in the end I took the bus into Oviedo. With 27 kms to go at about noon, I would have been crazy to keep walking. I have a sore glute muscle because I slipped but I am fine otherwise.

      So now I have some extra time in one of my favorite Spanish cities, Oviedo. There are fiestas going on, so it is very lively here. I had a good meal outside, and will not have to wake up early tomorrow. I will spend tomorrow here as I had planned anyway to see my friend.

      This is very unlike me —to hop on a bus and totally miss a stage. But since all my reservations are set because of Covid, I really had no choice. No way to move things around. My camino pals tell me that I just need to be flexible and forget about feeling bad. At least I’m on the camino!
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      C Clearly

      Looks like he is pouring the cider on his head!

      9/12/21Reply
      Traveler

      Flexibility and resilience….all so important. Enjoy your amazing journey!!! ❤️

      9/12/21Reply
      Traveler

      It is always good to have a Plan B! Embrace it and enjoy yourself.

      9/12/21Reply
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    • Day9

      First day on the Primitivo.

      September 14, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      I was planning for a 25 km day, but when I saw the sign pointing 3 km downhill to another pre-Romanesque church, San Pedro de Nora, I couldn’t resist. Good thing it was early in the day, or I wouldn’t have gone.The Señora who lives next door has the keys, and she was very happy to let me in, though the real beauty is from the outside. It’s right next to a river, and it’s gorgeous.

      I’ve talked to more people on this first day than I did on all of the days on the Salvador put together. A rough head count is 18 or 19 people! So the Primitivo is crowded. Lots of ups and downs, and I can feel the difference of the three years between this time and last. But it’s beautiful. I met an 80 yo Spaniard this morning, so I’ve got some more years I hope!
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      Traveler

      Ohhh, now I want to walk the Primitivo again. Beautiful first day photos Laurie! San Pedro de Nora is stunning!!

      9/14/21Reply
      Traveler

      Oh, this really makes my feet itch!

      9/14/21Reply
      Traveler

      Exquisite!!!

      9/14/21Reply
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    • Day10

      Singing in the Rain to La Espina

      September 15, 2021 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      My GPS says 33km and 1077 m elevation gain. I believe the kms but not the elevation. I think that’s way too much. Anyway, in spite of the rain, it was really a pretty good day. When I woke up at around six, I saw that it wasn’t raining. So I decided to have a quick cup of coffee in my room (thank you Clare for that wonderful coil) so I could take off a little earlier, rather than wait for breakfast in the hotel. That was a good decision, because I had the first 3 1/2 or four hours with no rain. Lots of ups and downs, lots of pretty green valleys, but lots of fog so it was hard to see. Luckily since this is the fourth time I’ve done this route, I have pretty clear memories of the beautiful countryside. But it would be nice to see it!

      The rain started at about 11, it was very gentle at first but by about noon it started coming down hard. As a good Camino friend has pointed out, once you are totally wet you don’t get any wetter so there’s really not a problem walking once you get soaked through.

      I took a rest in Salas before the last 6 km, knowing that there were some pretty steep ascents. I found a nice looking place with tables under an awning, but unfortunately the café was closed for a weekly rest day. I stayed at the table and ate some stuff out of my pack which is always a good idea since it lightens your weight.

      For anyone who’s walked the Primitivo, you know that a stop at Bodenaya is required. I would have loved to stay there, but because of Covid, I resisted. David is one of those old school hospitaleros, who really believes in the Camino and what it does for people. We had a really nice talk and I was sorry to say goodbye.

      Clothes are washed (whether they will ever dry is another question), I am showered, and I’m heading out to buy some more fruit and nuts for my pack. Looks like the next few days will all have rain, but I long ago stopped worrying or complaining about that!
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      Traveler

      You really sound like you’ve found your Camino flow, Laurie (and I’m not talking about the rain!). Delighted it’s going so well for you x

      9/16/21Reply
       
    • Day11

      Cloudy but no Rain -to Samblismo

      September 16, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      I woke up to a much better forecast than what I had seen last night. No rain in the forecast!!! 31 km and another 700 m elevation so I am getting in the swing. But I can see that the pace that’s comfortable for me this year is slower than the last camino. Not surprising I suppose.

      Today was just beautiful. Lots of forest walking, lots of spectacular views over the hills. Even though the clouds hid the mountains in the back, it was still a really beautiful walk.

      I am now in an albergue in the middle of nowhere. My first Albergue but I have a private room. Meeting the typical international crowd —German, Czech, Brit, and Dutch today. But the majority of walkers are Spanish. That has never been the case on my earlier walks on this route, but I think many people are staying close to home.
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      Traveler

      A beautiful day! Did you see any sign of Pana - the man who lives in the stone house (second photo) above Tineo?

      9/16/21Reply
      Laurie Reynolds

      I peeked around but didn’t see anyone. Do you know who Letizia is? There’s a sign that says “Mirador de Letizia.”such a gorgeous stretch.

      9/17/21Reply
      Traveler

      Pana named it Mirador de Letizia after the current Queen of Spain.

      9/18/21Reply
      Traveler

      The paths and views are spectacular!!

      9/16/21Reply
       

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    Principality of Asturias, Asturien, Asturias, Asturies, Astúries, Asturio, Asturiasko Printzerria, Asturie, アストゥリアス, 아스투리아스 지방, Астурия

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