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Rabanal del Camino

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  • Day27

    Rabanal del Camino

    September 13, 2016 in Spain

    I'm sitting wearing just a towel while all my clothing is in the washing machine. I'm taking precautions against carrying bedbugs. I saw one this morning in my room, and found four bites on my leg.

    The woman at the albergue here has been wonderful; spraying my backpack with bedbug spray, loaning me a nice large towel to wear, and getting my clothes in the wash.

    Fortunately I arrived here about noon, so have plenty of time to get this taken care of.
    So, I guess I'm getting the full Camino experience! And to top it off, it rained for most of my walk today.

    But it was a short day, just over 13 miles. And I found that the rain poncho/coat that I made works great - especially paired with my umbrella. 😀
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  • Day34

    Rabanal to Acebo - 17.5 kms.

    October 25, 2017 in Spain

    A shorter walk today, but in the plan as it was mostly uphill and downhill, but more uphill. The trail made it challenging with large potatoes, eggs, softballs and just about everything else imaginable to walk on. Glad I only did about 10 miles or I would be exhausted.

    The scenery made it worthwhile though as I love the mountains and the views were very pretty. Could have been on the Blue Ridge Parkway except there are no wind turbines there yet. Perhaps in the future, but not now.

    First stop was a very small village for a glass of orange juice, then onward and upward as they say to the Cruz de Ferro (you should recall the scenes in The Way when all left something to release themselves of some of life's burdens). When I arrived I noticed a pilgrim (nationality shall not be mentioned as I am on a pilgrimage) walking all over the site taking numerous pictures. History suggests this to be a holy site where pilgrims leave a symbol of their burden that they want forgiveness for.

    So I continued and passed a structure that I can only figure missed the local zoning ordinances, but who knows.

    In the distance is a destination that I should reach tomorrow and I believe it is Ponferrada. I'll be sure when I arrive.

    A couple of interesting memorials that I captured. One could be an LL Bean boot advertisement, but I doubt it and the other, well, you make the call.

    Wish I could attach two more, but the limits of technology.

    I found a very nice and new albergue. For 45 euros, I got a private room with a shower in the room, dinner and breakfast. My laundry is being done by the staff as they only have the one washer and dryer so that will be done shortly. Dinner at 7 PM.

    Interesting how we develop habits and how quickly we do that. For example I can pack my backpack without looking as I know where everything goes...

    (it all goes into the big hole in the top...fooled you!). I also unroll my sleeping bag each day regardless of the arrangements (private room or albergue) and feel right at home (well, not quite like home, but you get the message). Rather sleep in my bag as I know that it has been sprayed with anti-bug juice and I should be safe from critters that roam at night.

    So here I am waiting for dinner and a stupid rooster thinks it's 5 am. What is wrong with the Spanish barnyard animals? Everyone knows that roosters cockle-doodle-do at daybreak and rest their voice the balance of the day. I'll probably sleep through my usual wakeup time with this rooster messing things up. His clock is really off.

    Dinner was delicious. A nice salad, chicken for the main course, then fruit for desert.

    Tomorrow, on the road again.
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  • Day24

    Rabanal del Camino

    June 22, 2017 in Spain

    Love love looove the tiny village I stopped in today, called Rabanal Also, I saw the start of some mountains!!
    The albergue where I am staying serves afternoon tea at 16:30 and we all ate together and had a group yoga session before bed. Love it ❤
    Ready to hike up a hill tomorrow💪
    Namaste 🙏

  • Day29

    To the hills

    May 31, 2017 in Spain

    Heading west from Astorga the road rose, as I continued leaving the plains of Castile behind. I'd planned a fairly easy day to set myself up for tomorrow's climb to the highest point on the Camino, and a visit to the famous Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross)

    The albergue where I ask for directions to my hotel had a good vibe to it. I was happy to return when my hotel host wasn't around to greet me. Happier still to stay in a comfortable private room for half what I expected to pay.

    When I heard about a Vespers service being sung in Latin, I jumped. It seems like a fitting ritual before tomorrow's climb. While I didn't share the beliefs of many in attendance, I was moved-- both by the atmosphere, and a connection I felt to pilgrims who'd sung these same words a thousand years before.

    I left the small church to capture a few evening photos, enjoy a huge plate of pasta, and chat with a pair of Aussies I met several times along the way. Then I headed off to bed. Tomorrow would start early, and be a big day...
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  • Day33

    Astorga to Rabanal 12 + miles

    October 24, 2017 in Spain

    Decided not to return to the restaurant where I had a late breakfast yesterday. There was an all you can eat opportunity where I spent the night and they lost money on me. Quite a spread. I had lots of oj, ham, tomatoes, other breakfast meats, some stuff I could not recognize (and I did not try it as 12 miles is a ways to go with an upset system), cheeses, toast and jam, and if course coffee. Very nice and I was pretty full when I danced in the street with my warm clothing on. Worked perfectly and I was warm as toast. The stocking cap under my Tilly perhaps looked strange, but then we are all camino friends. The expression works on the Camino as well as other places...what happens on the Camino stays on the Camino so if I look like a poorly fashioned pilgrim, so be it. Nobody should know except those I wish to tell.

    Walk was a gradual uphill climb and it will get worse over the next couple of days as the Camino crosses the mountain range. Yes, the Pyrenees is not the only mountain range to cross. The Cantabrian Mountains also pose an obsticle and must be crossed. One of the pictures I attached is a long range view of what's in front of me. Fun? Yes, I'm having fun and enjoy the challenge.

    Scenery changes by the mile. Old churches, fields full of pumpkins, and parents biking the camino with their children. Dad had one and mom (in front) had the other and most of the time the kids were peddling.

    Notice the guy taking the picture (in the lower left corner) of the long range view. Recognize him? Ahhh, come on, surely you recognize the famous author and world traveler. Well, you'll just have to figure it out 'cause I ain't telling. So there.

    Found a comfortable place in Rabanal and am relaxing as I write this. Dinner is at 6 PM so that is nice. Bedtime by 7:30 and no grass to cut.

    Dinner consisted of two fried eggs and three large pork chops. Lot of food and should be good to go in the am.

    Ran across a guy from California that I met on October 1. Thought he looked familiar, but his hair was longer (so is mine). Pretty neat to reacquaint with folks from the past after all of these miles.

    Tomorrow I walk to Acebo. Tommy tells me they have the best breakfast on the Camino.
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  • Day2

    Rabanal del Camino

    March 25 in Spain

    Erste Etappe erfolgreich erreicht: Rabanal del Camino. Mit rund 73 Einwohnern ein kleines Dorf zum Endschleunigen. Noch vor dem Ort steht die Ermita del Bendito Cristo de la Vera Cruz.

    Im Ort selbst steht das Kloster San Salvador de Monte Irago, welches von Missionsbenediktern aus dem Bayrischen St. Ottilien gegründet wurde.

    Der Weg zum Ziel war schön und von Sonne begleitet. Durch die Höhenmeter kam im Laufe des Weges immer mehr Schnee dazu.

    Belohnt wird man am Ende des Tages mit einem Pilgermenü, was bei mir u.a. eine fantastische Linsensuppe ist. Man verständigt sich klassisch mit Händen und Füßen :)

    Distanz: 22 km
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  • Day25

    Rabanal del Camino

    July 13, 2015 in Spain

    Nu har vi hittat vårt härbärge. Ett mysigt ställe som baseras på att man ger en gåva. Stället heter Refugio Gaucelmo. Det drivs med voluntärer med koppling till någon engelsk kyrka. Jag skall utreda saken bättre under kvällen. Vi har Tea-party kl 17. Nu har vi lagat mat: sallad och pasta.

  • Day22

    Day 21: Astorga - Rabanal del Camino

    August 25, 2016 in Spain

    Despite thunder and lightening last night, we had a lovely walk today through some hills to get to this pretty little hostel. The owner asked if we were sisters, mum is chuffed!

  • Day25

    Rabanal del Camino

    July 13, 2015 in Spain

    Dags för lunch. Idag är det varmt. Över 35 grader och ingen vind. Vi befinner oss på drygt 1000m. Nu är vi hungriga. Ungdomarna är trötta så det lutar åt att vi stannar här för natten.

  • Day27

    Not such a great day

    September 13, 2016 in Spain

    But, still a good day because I'm on the Camino.
    It started with an Italian woman turning on the lights in our room at 5:30 to let us know that they had found chinches - bedbugs. So that got us going early at 6:30, and walking in the dark for an hour before sunrise. Then during after a breakfast stop I discovered 3 small marks on my leg, which I thought were possibly bedbug bites. So I decided that when I stopped walking for the day that I would need to wash and dry, in a hot dryer, all my clothing and bedding, which meant that I had to be dressed in nothing but a borrowed towel for a couple of hours.
    But the good thing was that I was forced to sort through my pack, something I hadn't done in a couple of weeks.
    It ended up being rather cold and rainy for most of the day, so I just stayed in the albergue, venturing out to the restaurant next door for lunch and dinner.
    At dinner I sat with Colin from Liverpool, and met three people from Seattle. Just as I was finishing dinner a group entered playing music and dancing, which kept this day from being totally blah. 😀
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