Río Cardeñadijo

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  • Day124

    Burgos #1

    July 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    We arrived in Burgos today. 🙂 Remember when I said we were not going to take a rest day? Well, we changed our minds. Once we got to our hotel room, we realized how tired our bodies were. Plus, this way we get to stick with our group and spend some more time with those who are leaving to go back home...and get to see some of the amazing sites in this city that we will probably never get to see again.

    So...Both Alan and I plan on touring the inside of the cathedral tomorrow, visiting the museum, and maybe checking out the castle. All of that will happen after we sleep in a bit instead of getting up at 5 am. 🙂

    Here are a few pics and video from today
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  • Day125

    Burgos #2

    July 4, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    It felt so good to sleep in a bit this morning! Our bodies needed it. We explored a little this morning by touring the Cathedral - oh my goodness! I couldn’t even begin to capture it all in pictures/video. Just looking up at the different domes was amazing, let alone the paintings, tapestries, and sculptures. It’s hard to comprehend how long it must have taken to complete the different works of art. We also got to see some fiesta celebration with a parade of the giants and big heads. They are in one of the video snippets and a picture I added here.

    This afternoon we went to the Museum of Evolution which houses some of the oldest evidence of human life on our planet- another “wow” experience. The castle didn’t make the list today, because we decided to do what the Spanish do and had a siesta. Everything pretty much closes down from 2:00 until 5:00 or later, so why not rest ourselves 🙂.
    Restaurants don’t really open up for dinner until 8:00 or later which is a schedule that we are not used to.

    I thought I would attach a picture of my Pilgrim Credential today. This is what we need to stay in the different pilgrim albergues along the way. We have to have it stamped each day, and then during the last 100 kilometers it must be stamped twice a day as proof of our journey. Cafes, churches, and other places also have stamps. Once we get to Santiago de Compostela, we will show our Pilgrim Credential and then receive a certificate of our journey. That seems like it will take forever, since we have only gone 180 miles and we still have 320 to go 😳.

    Tonight we had a goodbye dinner for four of our people who are heading back home. We are sad to see them leave 😕...such good people. But, on a happy note - I met another fellow WSU Cougar and his wife who are walking the Camino. GO COUGS!!! They had dinner with us tonight and we hope to see them along the way.

    Tomorrow, we head to Hornillos 🙂
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  • Day9

    Logrono to Burgos

    September 26, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    "Today will be a much easier day", Carlos assured us. "It's only about 15 km of easy walking and will only take about 3 hours". Of course we later found out that this was a bald faced lie.

    The day began pleasantly enough. I awoke long before the first light of sunrise and decided to look out my window. Although the hotel was situated in the commercial centre of Logrono, I was somewhat surprised to see a steady stream of pilgrims were already out walking. Each of them was labouring under the weight of their heavy backpacks. I looked about my comfortable hotel room and could not help feeling a little guilty. But not for long.

    To walk the entire length of the Spanish Camino, especially for those carrying all their own luggage, certainly requires a huge degree of perseverance and dedication. We had only walked around 40 km so far and most of us were already feeling the effects of the repetitive walking. I was certainly glad that I had a clean and comfortable bed to look forward to each evening and very, very glad that our luggage was being transported each day in the bus.

    Our day began with a bus drive to the town of La Guardia (just like the famous airport). In this La Guardia there were no planes in sight, just a collection of very old buildings and a large church. We had been booked into a large winery for a tour of the premises and a wine tasting. Since I have us much interest in wine as I do on the history of the dung beetle, I did find the couple of hours we spent there rather tedious. The underground tunnels, however, were quite fascinating.

    The bus then transferred us to the start of the walk at Montes de Oca. The first 4 km of the walk were through lovely green forests and the relative cool of the morning made it quite easy to do. Since rest stops were in short supply along this section, we stopped for lunch at a large cafe. I ordered a beef casserole which was quite delicious.

    We then came back outside to find that the temperature had climbed a few degrees. The Spanish sunshine made it feel even hotter than it probably was. At this stage we were still under the delusion that we only had about 11 km to walk. How hard can that be ?

    Almost immediately we were faced with a steep and prolonged climb. Not the thing you want after you have been resting for the previous hour. It did not take long for the usual culprits to speed away from the front of the group, leaving about 8 people to make up the remainder. At this point I must mention Douglas for the incredibly patient way he stayed back to ensure that everyone was OK. Although he could have easily outpaced everyone, he was content to put other people's well being before his own wishes. This takes a very special type of person and demonstrates something of the true spirit of the Camino.

    The path itself was often very rocky and unstable , making the walking quite tiring. The first climb was the most significant, however there were several more steep pitches that we encountered along the way. For many kilometres we walked along a somewhat monotonous path through a forested area. Unfortunately the path itself was exposed and the trees offered little shade.

    Although we were making steady progress, the hours started to tick by. By 5 pm we were still walking and there was no sign of the Monastery that was meant to mark the end of the stage. It was very clear that the original promise of "15 km" was hopelessly inaccurate.

    Just as the heat was starting to really take effect we cam e across a carload of people offering cold drinks and snacks for a donation. I suspect that, at this isolated location, this was actually a clever way to gain maximum revenue. I am sure that most people donated much more than the drinks would normally cost.

    It was only at sometime after 6pm that we finally arrived at the day's end. My GPS said we had walked over 18 km and it certainly felt like it. We all took the opportunity for a rest and a drink before boarding the bus for the final transfer to Burgo.

    Our hotel was situated right in the middle of the city and we were rather excited to discover that it was a 4 star hotel with enormous rooms. In fact it was probably the best hotel we have had so far. The evening dinner was also well received (no chicken), although I still cannot understand the practise of providing unlimited wine without charge, but if you want anything else you must pay for it. Not only does this seem unfair to me, but it also encourages drinking to excess. That seems to have become an unfortunate part of life on the Camino.

    As I retired to bed for the evening I could not but wonder how the portly fellow from Montreal was progressing. We had met him two days earlier and he had been having a hard time of things. I really hoped that he was still moving towards his own personal goal.
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  • Day19

    Burgos to Burgos - rest day

    October 10, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Ahhh, sleeping in is heavenly. Well, all things are relative as I got up at 0630, but that is sleeping in for me.

    Took out the razor and became a respectable looking American in Burgos and for visiting the cathedral.

    A busy city with wide sidewalks and many, many small shops and places to grab a coffee and snack. Right now I'm sitting on a shaded walk having just consumed a bocadillo with a coffee. I can really get used to this lifestyle.

    There are numerous statues around town that I need more Spanish to understand, but pretty typical of any large city with as much history as Burgos.

    The cathedral was spectatular and building began in 1220 or so. It replaced a smaller cathedral on the same construction site per the museum in the bottom of the structure.

    The audio tour (in English) provided much historical detail...more than I could absorb, but provided the religious individuals that played a part in the cathedrals' history. I need to add that the interior was spectatular with all the smaller chapels that surrounded the main sanctuary, the wood carvings, the reliefs, the gilding, the ceilings and the architecture itself. Too much to capture in pictures, but I've attached a few of the better ones.

    Small world. As I was finishing this, I looked up and there was Jim, the Canadian that was in the picture I took having dinner in Longrono. We chatted and he treated to a second coffee so I am totally charged.

    Many street vendors along the river and I found some gummy candy that I could not resist. Also stopped by the mercado for breakfast food. Tomorrow is only a 12 miler, but might as well fuel up before leaving.

    Just rerurned from dinner consisting of a smoked fish salad and a beer. Dad's walking and pushing baby carriages, older men doing the same (grandchildren I assume, but could be wrong), and all seemed to be having a wonderful evening out and about in this moderate autumn weather. I truly feel blessed to have this opportunity.

    Tomorrow is another day and until then...
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  • Day83


    June 29, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    The Camino is an amazing place. The walking is challenging, but beautiful and full of magic. Each day we walk, meeting and talking with people along the way. We all seem to have the same challenges of hurt feet and knees and everyone helps each other get through. It's a huge bond that develops between everyone. If we stop at the side of the trail everyone who passes asks if we are okay and if we need anything. We all help each other, sharing remedies, water, and food. Local Spanish people that we pass along the way are equally helpful and friendly. At each town people stop, sitting at the local cafe for a quick break, sharing tables and stories. During the evenings we go to the local cafe for a meal; our table of two quickly turns into a table of ten with people pulling up chairs and joining us for dinner in multiple languages and cultures. It is truly incredible!
    Yesterday as we walked into Burgos we met an old Spanish man at a confusing section of the trail. He was there helping to guide pilgrims down the correct path. A short time later, at another confusing area a different old man helped us. Again, ten miles closer to town an old man stopped us and guided us into the busy city, through a parade and right to the door of our stop for the evening! All the way through town he spoke in Spanish to us, with me understanding the gist of the conversation and Erin holding a conversation with him. It was wonderful.

    We are on day 11 now. When we arrived in Burgos yesterday, we were just in time for the San Pedro festival. Last night and today we watched the incredible festivities, ate amazing food, and walked around the beautiful church and city. We are enjoying a rest day today as the festival continues. This is am amazing and fascinating journey!

    To all of you at home, we love you dearly! And to Lilly -wow! your amazing little notes of inspiration have really helped us during our challenging moments! Love to you all! !!
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  • Day52

    Day 52: South to Burgos

    April 8, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Playtime over, we needed to get back to World Heritage business and back on the road. Had another lovely breakfast in the sunroom before packing up and hitting the road. Although our destination for the day was the city of Burgos to the south-west, first stop was in the mountains at the combined monasteries of Suso and Yuso - World Heritage sites, of course!

    This is a pair of monasteries constructed in the mountains - Suso is dedicated to St Millian, a miracle-working hermit who lived in the caves in the 5th century. His tomb is still there, and the monastery (really just a small stone church) was built up against the hillside, with the caves opening into the church itself. Very unusual. We'd booked a guided tour as it was the only way to see the monastery, but of course the group tour was only conducted in Spanish! That was an interesting 20 minutes, though we managed to get the necessary footage.

    Back down the hill to the Yuso monastery, which is much newer and dates from the 12th century or so. It was constructed as many pilgrims were passing by on the Camino del Santiago, and the old monastery was getting overloaded with people. We decided against doing another tour of this monastery and just filmed from the outside.

    There were a couple of nice looking cafes here, so we stopped for a late lunch and enjoyed a drink in the sunshine as well. We weren't in a hurry as Burgos was 2 hours away and we couldn't pick up the keys to our apartment from a nearby bar until 6pm.

    Eventually we drove off and arrived in Burgos at the apartment around 5:30. To kill some time we wandered over to a nearby supermarket and bought some supplies for the next couple of days. Since our host was away for the weekend, she had left the keys at a nearby bar which opened at 6pm. Not ideal, but we could manage. 6pm came and went, and no sign of opening. By 6:30 we got in touch with the host who said the bar owner had been caught up with something but was on his way. Finally he arrived at 7pm and we could go upstairs - not a fun way to spend the afternoon!

    At least the apartment is nice, and with good district views too. Unfortunately the heating didn't work very well and it took some back and forth with the host again via Whatsapp before I could get things functioning. Thankfully not that cold!

    Into the town tomorrow where we'll have a busy day checking out two World Heritage sites.
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  • Day53

    Day 53: Exploring Burgos

    April 9, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Busy day today, with a double-header of World Heritage sites! First up after an early apartment breakfast and quick Skype with the Cleavers was Burgos Cathedral. Interestingly, despite the number of cathedrals we've been in in Spain, this is the only one WH listed as just a single building - the others were all as part of a series of buildings or an old town/cityscape.

    The Cathedral was built in the 12th century after a new king came to power, who wanted to show off the power and glory of the Catholic monarchs (remembering that this area had been reconquered from Muslims in living memory). He'd spent some time in France in his youth, so he wanted to build a cathedral to rival the famous ones in Notre Dame, Reims and Amiens. It's considered the best example in Spain of early, mid and late Gothic architecture, and honestly, it was incredible.

    We've seen a lot of churches and religious buildings so far on this journey and this was easily in the top few. Aside from the building itself, the painting, sculpture, tapestry, carvings, stained glass, woodwork and etchings were all amazing and super impressive. We spent a few hours in here, though we had to hurry slightly as today is Palm Sunday and the church was closing for tourist visits at midday.

    Back to the apartment where we picked up the car and drove 20 minutes out of town to Altapuerca, where probably the most ancient site we'll see anywhere awaited us. This is an archaological site where the oldest hominid fossils in western Europe have been found. They were discovered in the late 19th century by workers digging a railway cutting through a hill, but it actually wasn't until the 1960s when proper study revealed the bones to be 600,000 - 1,200,000 years old.

    And I say "hominid" deliberately, as these weren't actually homo sapiens that were discovered. The species were homo heidelbergensis, neanderthals, and an entirely new species known as homo antecessor (a precursor to humans). Great to walk through the cutting and see the dig sites as well as the very obvious layers in the strata where different era fossils have been recovered, and to learn about the process.

    Unfortunately, this was another guided tour of 90 minutes operated entirely in Spanish. My Spanish is improving, but there's no way I can keep up with an excited and passionate tour guide speaking about scientific concepts and history, though I can get the gist of a minute or so from a few words here and there. It was an enjoyable experience, though we were both a bit bored and ready for the end by the time it finally finished.

    Back into town where we were both starving - it was close to 3pm by now and high time for lunch. We picked up Schnitzel and wandered around a bit - all of the bars and restaurants were open and doing a roaring trade, likely due to the religious services earlier in the day. Looked for a while for somewhere to eat and eventually picked a place essentially at random. The food was great, though unfortunately the service was terrible - we waited nearly an hour for food, and I had to remind them to bring us the bread basket! At least they forgot to put our second round of drinks on the bill.

    Back to the apartment where we settled in for the evening. I edited a couple of videos and we booked a bit more accommodation for the next few weeks. Late dinner at 10pm since we'd eaten lunch so late, then eventually headed for bed just after midnight. Moving on again tomorrow!
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  • Day15

    Katedralen i Burgos

    July 3, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Efter några timmar är vi nu framme vid katedralen. En imponerande byggnad som inger respekt. Vandringen idag började på landet men övergick snart i vägar i förstäder till Burgos. Måste klaras av men lite trist. I Burgos möttes vi av en flicka i rullstol, en ingenjör och en vandrare.Read more

  • Day17

    Santo Domingo to Belrado

    September 23, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    9.23.17 Saturday
    Relatively easy walk with beautiful rolling hills. Started out as very comfortable walking weather as we walked in a cool fog. By noon we had removed all jackets and by afternoon it was in the 80s. Mostly rolling plains of wheat, sunflower and grains.
    Dryer warm weather as we enter Ribera del Deuro wine region. The red items in the picture below are large red peppers hung from a railing.
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  • Day18

    Belrado to Vilafranca

    September 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    9.24.17 Sunday
    With no available accommodations ahead and Manny feeling under the weather with cold symtoms, we had a relatively short day. We still managed to cover about 11 miles of mostly flat terrain. We passed several quaint villages but there was little activity (Sunday morning). One town had a fountain that if you dipped your head in it, was supposed to give you energy. But, there was a sign indicating the water might be contaminated. We were happy to end the day a little earlier as the temperature approached 80°Read more

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Río Cardeñadijo, Rio Cardenadijo

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