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    • Day 9

      Aqualonga at long last.

      April 28 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

      Well, the time has finally arrived for me to climb the desolate mountain to reclaim the lost Dwarven kingdom of Erebor from the foul dragon Smaug. The rain started lightly, then not so much for almost 2 hours! I was shivering and couldn't wait for food and good bed. The burger had a fried patty of mac n cheese, and the castle like house I'm staying at is incredible, and the old man was very kind.Read more

    • Day 9

      Destination Quinta da Gandia

      May 22 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      We both slept very well, and after a buffet breakfast at the hotel, We decided to explore Porto de Lima for about 45 minutes. And of course we took more pictures. Then we were finally on our way to our new destination. Quinta da Gandia, which is located in San Pedro de Rubiaes.
      Today, we saw some very beautiful sights, including waterfalls and streams and lots of green foliage.
      At one point, we hiked down to the water and sat on a rock and had a bite to eat. We ended up taking about a twenty five minute break, which felt really good. We got back up on the trail and came across three australian walkers, who told us that they had been hiking 19 days and they started in Lisbon.
      During the course of the day, we came across many walkers . We also came across a little snake, but I don't know what kind it is. Michelle freaked out at first, and we both started to laugh. I have to say that today was our most challenging day. We kept going up up up very, rocky terrain for hours. We also had to go through a muddy bog by hopping from rock to rock. It was definitely a good workout. I loved the day we had today!
      Tonight we are staying in a private home. And 2 other walkers that we had met before are also staying here. We were picked up by a private transfer van and taken to a local restaurant for dinner. We are back showere and ready to pass out. LOL.
      Bad Noite!
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    • Day 224

      Ein letzter Tag in Portugal

      May 21 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Ich bin heute morgen wie immer gegen 7:30 Uhr losgelaufen und habe schon an den dunklen Wolken gesehen, dass es wohl mal wieder regnen wird. Der Weg am Fluss ist super schön. Die Wolken hängen tief in den Bergen und das Wasser ist ganz ruhig. Ich hole noch Lülü auf dem Weg ein, die ich gestern in der Herberge kennengelernt habe. Sie ist dabei ihre Blasen zu verarzten und ich beschließe nur kurz anzuhalten, da ich noch etwas alleine gehen möchte. Eine halbe Stunde später fängt es an zu regnen. Erst nur leichter. Leider bin ich gerade zwischen zwei Städten und kann mich nicht so richtig irgendwo hinretten. Kurz vor einer größeren Stadt wird es richtig heftig mit dem Regen. Ich stehe erst unter einem Baum und laufe dann aber in die Stadt, um mir ein Café zum aufwärmen und trocknen zu suchen. Ich hoffe noch etwas, dass Lülü vorbeikommt, damit wir ab jetzt etwas zusammen gehen können, aber leider passiert das nicht. Also laufe ich alleine weiter. Nun durch viele kleine Dörfer und Waldstücke. Alles ist sehr hübsch anzusehen. Irgendwann komme ich nach ca. 26km wieder getrocknet in Valença an, meine letzte Stadt in Portugal. Von hier aus führt eine Brücke rüber nach tui, auf die spanische Seite. In der herberge angekommen, mache ich direkt mit meinem Bettnachbarn Bekanntschaft. Zwei Mitte 40 jährige aus Deutschland und ein Mitte/ Ende 30 jähriger aus Dänemark. Wir verabreden uns lose für ein Abendbrot in der Altstadt. Ich will die Altstadt erstmal für mich alleine angucken und auch nach einem Hut gucken. Tatsächlich werde ich sogar fündig. Endlich! Die Altstadt gefällt mir ebenfalls gut. Sie ist umrundet von einer alten Stadtmauer und das verleiht dem ganzen irgendwie zusätzlich einen besonderen Charme. Ich bin mir unsicher, ob ich mit den Anderen essen gehen will, aber nach alleine sein ist mir auch nicht wirklich. Tatsächlich treffe ich die anderen dann zufällig und ich entscheide spontan doch mit essen zu gehen. Der Abend war dann ganz okay. Meine Bettnachbarn waren schon sehr nett, aber man hat schon gemerkt, dass wir alle an sehr verschiedenen Punkten im Leben stehen und unterschiedliche themen von Interesse waren. Ich bin jetzt ganz froh im Bett zu liegen und wieder meine Ruhe zu haben. Morgen verlasse ich nach 6 Tagen Portugal. Es ist so verrückt wie die Zeit fliegt..Read more

    • Day 9

      Vila Nova de Cerveira

      April 29 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Trail was mostly cobblestone, through small villages, lots of uphill, a little eucalyptus forest. Walked with 2 ladies from Toronto which made the 9+ miles go faster. Our hostel is an old refurbished school.Read more

    • Day 9

      7.Etappe Vila Nova de Cerveira- Tui

      May 14 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Heute konnten wir ganz entspannt mit Frühstück in der Herberge in den Tag starten, nach einem kurzen Plausch mit Janett, Gabi und 2 Schweizerinnen ging es dann auch schon bald los. Heute war die alternativ Route am Fluss geplant und auch dort haben wir sehr wenig Pilger getroffen. Ein Australier aus Perth hat sich noch kurz mit uns unterhalten aber sonst waren wir fast alleine. Ein Highlight war sicherlich der stop bei José Antonio. Seine ganze Bar war mit Fotos von Pilgern tapeziert. Hier gab es auch noch den Tipp früher in Santiago de Compostela einzulaufen. Also umgebucht und nun schauen wir mal. Wir haben Halbzeit und es ist schon komisch. Man gewöhnt sich sehr an laufen, essen, schlafen und Kopf abschalten. Zum Abschluss des Tages gab es noch Kultur in der tollen Kathedrale von TUI und ein Menue del Dia zum Abschluss. Das Hotel Tui Colon ist schon toll viel Platz und eine Badewanne. Schon Luxus für uns. Aktuell schließt der Tag mit Regen ab. Wir hatten heute alles dabei. Von Sonne Wolken über Regen. Ciao Portugal , hola Espana! 27.881 Schritte und 19,78 km Wandertour. Mit Kultur dann 32.190 Schritte und 22,89 kmRead more

    • Day 15

      Day 3 Cycling Coastal Camino

      May 20 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Today we are cycling another 50+ km from Viana do Castelo to Oia and our gel seats arrived - yaaay.
      DESCRIPTION
      Start the day towards the beachside town of Vila Praia de Ancora, cycling along the coast
      to get there and avoiding the challenging climb where the official Camino route goes. Continue with a coastal cycle path
      that connects you to Moledo, just before reaching the pretty town of Caminha at the mouth of the River Minho as you head more inland. There is a beautiful parish church
      here, the clock tower and the decorative fountain in the charming square of Praca
      Conselheiro Silva Torres. Here you have to take the scenic ferry and cross the River Minho, the natural border with Spain. Cycle
      through the fishing town of A Guarda to follow the Camino along dirt tracks and tarmac roads to the village of Oia, where a 12th century monastery dominates this
      small but attractive village. A small beach can also be found in front of this monastery.

      We typically have the same breakfast each day and make a sandwich and take some fruit or yoghurt for lunch. We saw the couple who are following the same route as us with the same company and they are having trouble with the bike seats too and found yesterday very difficult.
      We got ready to head out with our gel seats and the first sit felt much better🤗 Macs Adventure set our navigation for the Coastal Route so we apparently bypassed the mountain and looking at it, we were happy with that!! We had an absolutely gorgeous day on the coast. The weather was very warm today even with the ocean breeze. We saw a few round, stone structures right on the shore ( possibly decommissioned windmills?). We came across several Forts all from the same era, looking at their design and square shape. We passed the Praca Fort before stopping for coffee and a snack in Ancora, which also had a fort. Today we had such a fun mixture of paths. We were on smooth bike paths at the beginning and end of our ride today, we cycled on long sections of boardwalk, through some really nice forested paths, we had sections of cobblestone, but not as bad or as much as yesterday. We had one section of it today that we could not possibly ride up. The cobbles were massive. We had a section of zig zags through farmland with cobbles, then flat road. It reminded us of biking on the farmland towards Abbotsford. We had a beautiful ride right along the ocean on boardwalk which turned to deeper sand so had to walk our bikes through that and down some stairs. We had just a few small hills and a few sections we walkwd up because of the steep grade or ginormous cobbles. We had some really nice sections along old walls again, and lots of sections with old lower rock walls bordering properties. Many were breaking apart, but visible. We watched a man herd his sheep across the road, right near us. That was fun. We rode to the ferry which takes us into Spain, but it was broken down so the lady sent us about a km or so down the road to see Miguel and take his "fast" ride over. You can see by the photos that we were in for an adventure. Miguel was just fantastic and friendly. He had such an amazing personality and looked after us all, our bikes, and us "ladies" by giving us life jackets to sit on and also put on. He was constantly checking if we were okay. It was a very quick ride across to a beach. We got ourselves off the boat with Miguels helping hand. Though I tweaked my knee slightly which took me a bit to get warmed up again so it wasnt hurting while riding. Thankfully no worse. Miguel offloaded our bikes and we sat right there on the beach and enjoyed our lunch. We were off our route for navigation, so had to wind our way through the streets of Meledo then through A Guarda to get back on track. From here our ride was so beautiful along a nice gravel path past older homes and the old rock fences just off the ocean. We tried to stop for a beer in Oia, but we were a bit too late because the time here makes us an hour later yet. We are now 9 hours later than home. So our greeting to other pilgrims also changed once in Spain. We are now saying Buen Camino, not Bom Camino (Portugese). We saw lots of pilgrims walking again today.
      We found our Hotel Glasgow right on the ocean with a beautiful pool( too cold to go in, unfortunately). We showered then I sat in the sun, did some stretching and journaled. Today was my favorite ride of our 3 so far with the landscape variety, gel seat and fewer cobbles!! We had a nice "Pilgrims" dinner option tonight. We had wine, sparkling water, Hake fish, pork, Russian salad ( similar to potato salad) and squid that was the best we have all tasted. We are all so tired today.
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    • Day 27

      Ramellosa

      May 13 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Heute ging ich schon früher los, da Regen in Mengen f. 10 Uhr schon vorhergesagt wurde. Daher wollte ich da schon das meiste hinter mich gebracht haben von den 18km bis Sabaris, wo ich ein Hostel gebucht hatte.
      Natürlich hielt das Wetter nicht bis dahin, es regnete ordentlich, der Wind ging dazu vom Atlantik her und es war saukalt. Da geht man einfach schneller und ich war um 11 Uhr in Sabaris, Hostel Check-in erst um 13 Uhr. OK, Bar gefunden, 2 Kaffee 1 Croissant, aber es wurde mir zu lang, also stornierte ich das Hostel und ging weiter bis Ramallosa zur Pilgerherberge Pazo Pias, ein altes Kloster. Dort mussten wir zwar auch warten, aber wir waren zumindest unter Dach, aber mit den nassen Kleidern war es echt kalt. Dann bekam hier jeder ein Einzelzimmer und sofort nach dem heißen Duschen ,belegte ich mit einer 2.Pilgerin die Waschmaschine mit unserer Wäsche und dann den Trockner. Zumindest haben wir morgen wieder trockene Sachen. kurzfristig hörte es zu regnen auf und wir nutzten die Gelegenheit f. einen schnellen Einkauf.
      Dieses Wetter ist echt s...
      um Kate zu zitieren "sugar"
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    • Day 10

      HOLA SPAIN!!

      May 23 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

      Today, we walked over 13 miles from Quinta da Gandra in San Pedro de Rubiaes to Hotel Villa Blanca in Tui Spain .
      We crossed the Guadiana River to get from Portugal to Spain today! What a rush! There were a lot of Camino walkers arriving at the same time we were. Very exciting indeed!
      We were sad to say "Adeus" to Portugal but very happy to make it to Spain.
      We walked through the town and found our Hotel Villa Blanca. We took showers and set out for dinner. On the way, we stopped at the Santa Iglesia Cathedral. It was built in 1227 under the order of Archbishop Rodrigo Jimenez mandate. The Cathedral was dedicated to the Virgin Mary in her ascension to heaven. It was constructed in Gothic style. So cool!
      There is so much detail in today's adventure that I just don't have the energy to type it all out.
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    • Day 10

      von A Guarda nach Mougás

      April 30 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Sind heute früh bei Regen losgelaufen, direkt am Atlantik lang. Dann kam Schüttregen von oben vorn, links vom Meer und gefühlt auch von unten Trotz Regenjacke und Regenhose bis auf die Schlüppi komplett durch. Als es dann zum Bauchnabel durchsickerte, kam zur rechten Zeit eine Kaffeebar. Alle die reinkamen, sahen gleich durchge-
      weicht aus. Einmal alles gewechselt und einen Cappuccino getrunken. Wir haben gute Laune, weil: es soll heut nicht mehr regnen. :-)
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    • Day 8

      Caminha (Portugal) to Oia (Spain)

      April 28 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

      This morning we took a small 6-passenger water taxi across the Rio Minho into Spain. We chatted on the trail with people we had met earlier as well as new fellow pilgrims. Again, there was a variety of paths, and the day wasn’t too long — about 12 miles, taking about 6.5 hours with breaks. There were almost no services along the route, so we ended up eating snacks instead of a real lunch. (Note to selves: make sure to carry more food in our packs!) Arriving in the tiny seaside village of Oia quite hungry, we were dismayed to find the only two restaurants had just closed — but our hotel was at least serving drinks, which we supplemented with a bag of chips. We found a self-service washer and dryer, and washed a large load of our dirty clothes. Finally 8 pm rolled around, and we were the first two in the restaurant!Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Provincia de Pontevedra, Pontevedra, Pontebedra, Província de Pontevedra, ポンテベドラ

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