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    • Day10

      Day 10 - Iria Flavia to O Milladorio

      July 6 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

      Big to do tomorrow!

      The anticipation is killing me.

      Today was a good walk to essentially the door step of Santiago de Compostela. We had a great night sleep mainly because the hostelier returned to check on the Pilgrims and turned the AC on. He noticed I had opened all the doors and windows to get some air and had mercy on us. We got up at 5am to leave at 6am. We packed our backpacks and had a cafe con leche at the albergue. We bandaged our toes and feet and started walking to O Milladorio.

      We decided to not go all the way because we would not have arrived at Santiago until possibly late in the afternoon, tired and hungry. That’s not how we want to arrive. So, we stopped here only a short 7-8 km tomorrow morning in order to arrive between 8 and 9 am. That’s before most Pilgrims. We easily saw 100 or more pilgrims on the Camino, the vast majority of who were going all the way today. Mostly from Padron. It took every ounce of patience I have to not join them.

      Overall, it was a pleasant walk. The last part was pretty much uphill all the way. We got a few pics, but mostly talked about tomorrow and what we would do and see, what Pilgrim friends we would run into etc., etc. The excitement kept us going in spite of the hills trying to drain our energy.

      So, we are here now in O Milladorio. We are staying in another very nice albergue. Less than $20. We had some beers and good food (pizza!) and great conversation.

      I even had the opportunity to sign in on zoom for my Wednesday morning Bible study. I received some final prayers before my afternoon nap.

      Tomorrow will we arrive in Santiago. In my mind the trumpets will be blaring and there will be great rejoicing by all the people. Since Jesus arrived on a donkey, I think that’s a little too much to ask. But the joy will know no bounds.

      For now good night and God Bless!


      10.4 miles/ 32,000 steps
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      I notice, Charles, that you wrote trumpets sounding and not trombones……just saying!All fun aside, congrats abd i know you two will basically walk on a cloud tomorrow morning. and Mom says you have brightened her stay in her boring rehab facility. She's here for a few weeks getting PT and OT.


      Thanks Andy. I’ll correct my gross error immediately! Happy to hear your mother enjoys it.


      We can’t wait to read about your big day tomorrow!


      The whole brass section will be playing in your mind!

    • Day24

      Padrón to Escravitude

      October 5 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      We arrived in Padrón at about 10:00, had some café, took care of some business at an ATM and a Farmacia.

      We visited the church there, dedicated to Santiago. It houses the Roman ‘pedron’ stone, which is said to have moored the stone boat which carried St James to Spain. Also a statue of St James the Moor Killer. As well as the pilgrim history, James was said to appear during a battle to help the Christians overcome the Moors.

      We walked on out of Padrón, along the highway, then turned in past farms and villages. Then found our albergue, which is a beautiful renovated building.
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    • Day25

      Camino Portuguese Day 15

      October 6 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      For our last night on the Camino we had a true pilgrim experience. There was a shared guest meal, which was fabulous! This included a three course meal, vino and bread, and liqueur following. There was a traditional Galician drink, home brewed by a neighbour, and a coffee and a cream liqueur, which made a tasty café con leche. Yes, I was a bit tipsy.

      This wonderful meal was paired with amazing conversation of the Canadians, the Germans, the Kiwi, and the South Africans; as well as our host - a Mexican who has lived in Canada and Europe before settling in Spain with his Spanish wife.

      To complete the pilgrim experience, the large Portuguese man in the bunk above me snored like a freight train. Even with my ear plugs it was very loud. Somehow I did get enough sleep. 😴

      Many people do this Camino in 12
      days, but I had a couple of short days, a
      rest day, and the Spiritual Variant. So
      on my 15th day, I walk into Santiago.
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    • Day10


      October 21 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Today's the first day my body felt used to the walking, like it was something I did every day for my whole life.
      I sang and danced through the last 6-7km today, it was bliss!

      It threatened to rain all day but I wasn't soaked today so yayyy.

      I'm staying at the most beautiful albergue ever tonight and they're putting on an amazing dinner with great vegan options, bring on the energy food!!

      See you tomorrow, Santiago ❤️
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      Your smashing it……. I’ll take a breath for you tomorrow in our under water world….. stay safe almost done

      Lynette Buley

      Well done Kate so proud of you xx


      Goed bezig meid!

      Eva Bobbaers

      So proud of you woman!! Ge doet da echt zo goed

    • Day11

      Iria Flavia to O Melladoiro

      July 6 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      6:00 am, out the door after a vending machine coffee. Neither of us studied the route, we just started walking. It was a slow, constant, uphill slog for 6 hours! I was wiped out!

      Our pilgrim passport is full of stamps that remind us of churches, restaurants, and albergues along our way. Tomorrow when we arrive in Santiago we’ll get our final stamp at the cathedral (or tourist office?). I can’t believe we are nearly there.

      I had a lot of time to reflect today. I feel honored that my brother would do this journey with me. I feel blessed to have the wherewithal to be here. I have enjoyed getting to know new pilgrims. I have been challenged to think and talk about my faith. It has been a good trip.

      I napped this afternoon in a glorious, private bunk bed in a clean, expansive albergue. Sheets, pillow, towel, laundry. Helpful staff and pilgrims.I feel welcomed, respected, and cared for.

      Santiago, here we come!
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      I'm so impressed and proud!





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    • Day53

      Etappe 45 Patron - Santiago Compostela

      November 4, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Es ist soweit!
      Nach ca 30 km und 571 Höhenmeter erreichen wir heute das Ziel von Patron nach Santiago de Compostela, zum zweiten mal, diesmal mit den Männern, die berühmte Kathedrale und das Ziel aller Pilger !
      Heute ging es nochmal ca 30 km mit dem ein oder anderen Auf und Ab zur Sache, doch das ist alles vergessen in dem Moment wenn man ankommt und die Kathedrale sieht!

      Bisher war immer der Weg das Ziel, heute war das Ziel Santiago de Compostela, und das endgültige Ende unsere Pilgerreise ( vorerst zumindest) !

      Wir starteten heute 8.00 Uhr, den ersten Kaffee tranken wir dann auch schon nach 1 km im Dorf !
      Wir liefen erst einmal ewig die Stadt hinaus, aber das Wetter meinte es heut gut mit uns! Die Sonne schob sich so langsam durch dichte Wolken .

      Nach 10 km machten wir unsere traditionelle Kaffeepause,nach 50 Tagen ist es schon zum Ritual geworden!
      Gestärkt mit Kaffee und Orangensaft verließen wir, und diesmal wieder pünktlich mit Regen das Café .
      Dieses mal brauchte es keine 2 Minuten bis wir völlig durchnässt waren, denn es gab keine einzige Unterstellmöglichkeit!
      Und schon hatten wir wieder das Drama mit Tochter und Mann mit der Matchkleidung.
      Da hilft nur ignorieren!

      Nun hatten wir doch noch eine lange Strecke vor uns,
      Janine und ich spürten eine innere Unruhe und Vorfreude auf Santiago , Vorfreude auf liebe Menschen zu Hause die wir lang nicht gesehen haben, aber auch Wehmut, weil alles jetzt vorbei ist .
      Chrischti und Rouven eher nur die Vorfreude auf Santiago und Freude auf ein Wiedersehen, Wehmut eher nicht!
      So liefen wir noch durch Wälder, Dörfer, Schotterwege und Zubringerstraßen!

      Irgendwann erblickten wir aus der Ferne die Kathedrale, Chrischti war so glücklich das er den Boden küsste!
      Heute lief es bei ihm nicht so rund, aber da musste er durch, immerhin lagen noch fast 10 km vor uns!

      Die Zeit verging dann doch sehr schnell, immer wieder damit beschäftigt Regenjacke an, Regenjacke aus!
      Irgendwann sahen wir den Stadtrand, noch ein paar Straßen, am Park vorbei noch kurz Stop in einer Bar um eine Flasche Wein zum anstoßen zu holen.
      Durch die enge Fußgängerzone erreichten wir den großen Platz, auf dem sich Pilger aus aller Welt versammeln, sich freudestrahlend in die Arme fielen und sich ausruhten!

      Unsere Camino Portugues Etappen liegen jetzt auch hinter uns.
      Wir standen vor dem weltweit berühmten Gebäude, die Kathedrale in Santiago!

      Wir ließen wie alle Pilger die ausgefallene Stimmung auf uns wirken.
      Genossen einfach das schöne Wetter, denn jetzt schien endlich die Sonne und die feiernden Menschen um uns herum.

      Wir setzten uns auf den großen Platz und fielen uns in die Arme!
      Auf die zurückgelegte Strecke jeden einzelnen stoßen wir mit Wein an!

      Alle Pilger waren hier versammelt.
      Man sah liegend oder sitzend ausgelaugte, glücklich oder weinende Menschen, und irgendwie verbunden durch den langen Weg der hinter jeden einzelnen lag!

      Wir haben alles heil überstanden, abgesehen von Janines Blasen (mit jeder einzelne Blase, und das waren einige hab ich mitgelitten) ! Chrischtis Wehwehchen, Rouvens Waden - und Schienbeinschmerzen und meinen ständig wechselnden Muskelkater trotzdem alles in vollen Zügen genossen!
      Chrischti bezweifelt das noch mit dem Genuss!

      Und lieber Uwe und liebe Andrea Werner,
      ich habe auch ohne Blasen meine Jacobserfahrung gemacht, hab nämlich mit jeder Blase der anderen mitgelitten, grins .
      Das spanische Taxiunternehmen hat keinen einzigen Cent an uns verdient (dafür alle Café’s in Spanien) und alle Esel waren zu blöd uns mitzunehmen!
      Auch die Sänfte hat nicht funktioniert, und das mit den Steinen habt ihr nur nicht gesehen !

      Jetzt ist also unsere lange Pilgerreise beendet und wir müssen uns bald wieder dem Alltag widmen - ob uns das gelingen wird?
      Man wird es sehen!
      Ich wünsche mir, Janine und meine Gelassenheit bleiben uns weiterhin erhalten.
      Ganz sicher werde ich und Janine noch ganz viele Caminos laufen , die Jungs sind sich da noch nicht ganz sicher!
      In diesem Sinne:
      No Vino no Camino!

      -571 Höhenmeter
      - 1109,87 km Gesamtstrecke
      Vielleicht war es doch ein Wein zu viel heute, alle leicht angeheitert.
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    • Day16

      Santiago Eve

      October 18 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 63 °F

      I can’t believe that tomorrow I will be in Santiago! What an experience this has been.
      Got up early this morning to catch the boat to Pontecessures. It left at 8:30 and when I walked down to the pier at 8:00 it was still pitch black outside. And no coffee shops were even open yet! I guess when you’re eating dinner at 10:00 your day tends to start a little later.
      The boat ride was really beautiful and really fun. We sailed by mussel farms and shrimpers all clustered together, crosses out on little rocky promontories, went through large sections of watery mist where I felt like I was on a ghost ship…Many of the peregrinos that I have met along the way were on board. We took a couple of group pictures. (In the one above we have Sylvia and Natalia- my “A Cantina” girls, Noa from Israel, Martin from Germany, and Joan from Seattle. Her husband Mark was taking the picture). And it occurred to me that this has become a little community. Some whose names I know, (like Vidar from Norway who I met on my first day walking and seems I am constantly crossing paths with- he sings “Jolene” every time he sees me cuz that’s how he remembers my name), some who I have spent time talking to and some that I have just seen around a lot. But there is a familiarity and warmth with each other that is so comforting. Many of them were walking all the way to Santiago today, (that’s almost 30 kms- my feet hurt just thinking about it!) so it’s quite possible I won’t see them again. Others, I will most likely see in the square by the cathedral tomorrow. And we will all celebrate in our own way.
      As for me, I think the duration of this walk has been just about right. Today as I was walking I found myself thinking, “There’s some sheep. I have enough pictures of sheep.”, or “Man, my feet hurt! When am I gonna get there?” The sense of constant wonder and excitement has faded, as it tends to do and that’s my signal to self that I need to take what I learned here and move forward to the next thing.
      That’s NOT to say that I’m not thinking about doing the Camino France, which is twice as long. But if I did that, I would like to have some company at least part of the time, so who wants to go. ?😀. I think I could probably talk Grant into doing a week, but the other three are open…
      But there I go getting ahead of myself! Let’s finish this one before thinking about the next.
      To tomorrow- the end of a wonderful adventure!
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      It has been really fun to read all of your posts and to view photos of your journey. I admire what you have accomplished and have even wondered if I could ever do such an adventure. Who knows. Maybe I’ll be joining you for one week in France. Love you and enjoy the rest of your trip. Will you be throwing away any clothes? 🤪 [Rebecca]

      Eileen Mitchell

      Ha! Most likely! I notice that one of my tee shirts has developed little holes from the rubbing of my pack strap!

      Eileen Mitchell

      And yes! Let’s do the Francois!

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    • Day17


      October 19 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

      I woke up today to thunder, lightening, and pounding rain. Uh oh.
      By the time I packed up to go for the day the rain had stopped, although the wind had picked up a lot! But it felt delicious to be out in just the wind before the rain. It was a short walk today to Santiago so I wasn’t too worried, but I stopped for a coffee about 3 miles in and then it started to pour! I mean, being out in it would actually hurt. There were a bunch of pilgrims in the cafe just waiting for the rain to let up.
      Once it lessened I got going while the going was good. It was supposed to rain all day, but wonder of wonders, the sky began to clear. There were many pilgrims walking in this last little bit before the cathedral. A man whom I had not met struck up a conversation. He was from Germany, (Herbert) and had come by himself as his wife had no interest. He is the father of 4 girls and said he had gotten them through school and out of the house and it was time to do this for himself. He talked about how he had been thinking about his whole life on his walk and had one day walked with another man and they told each other stories about their lives. I got the impression that he had spent his adult life working and raising his family and hadn’t had time until now to do any reflecting. It was fun to listen to him. We decided to finish together.
      As we entered the square of the cathedral we both began to tear up. And as we walked farther in we began to see all of those that we had each been walking with. Even people that had arrived the day before- 2 days before in the case of my Scottish ladies- were in the square- everyone hugging and crying. Martin was there and asked me if I had lost my sunglasses the previous day. I actually didn’t know that I had cuz I had no need of them but sure enough, they were gone. AND one of my water bottles. Martin had picked them both up and carried them hoping we would meet in the square. Really touched! The whole scene was really something. We took many pictures with different combinations of people and decided to go to the 7:30 Pilgrim’s mass together.
      In the meantime I checked into the Parador and went to the Pilgrim’s office to present my Pilgrims passport to get my Compostela. And now I’m an official Camino completer!
      Met my new friends and went into the cathedral. Such a beautiful space. Although I didn’t understand a word spoken by the priest, the whole scene was moving. AND as a bonus they swung the botafumeiro, which is a huge ball of burning incense. They usually only do it on Fridays, so we were really lucky!
      I bailed on going out for dinner, (I mean- it WAS 8:30 plus I was just spent). I’m gonna give it a few days just to reflect on the whole experience before I write anymore.
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      I just love all of this!


      Your description of coming into the square almost sounded like what it is like arriving in Heaven- after a long journey, seeing the people that wove in and out of your journey having all reached your destination. Thank you Ughs for taking us along your pilgrimage. Loved every step of it (and never broke a sweat😉).


      OMG, I’m so very sad for me to see that your travels are coming to an end. Thank you so much for “taking me” along with you. I’ve so enjoyed your photos and learning about the people you’ve met! Your Mass near the end was wonderful to learn about. Reminds me of going to the chapel in Lugano, Switzerland-all in Italian. I loved it and I got to know the people by my several trips to Mass there! Continue safe travels, dear friend! 🤗👍💕😇👏🙏😘😘

    • Day9

      Kurz vor dem Ziel

      June 27 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Heute bin ich 36 km gelaufen und bin jetzt nur noch 16 km entfernt von Santiago. Wahnsinn, wenn man überlegt, dass ich am Anfang bei 251 km gestartet bin.
      Auf meine Ankunft in Santiga freue ich mich schon sehr aber bin auch etwas wehmütig, dass diese Reise dann schon bald beendet sind wird. Ich frage mich nun jetzt, wie sich die Ankunft anfühlt und was die Reise mit mit gemacht hat. All das werde ich wohl erst in ein paar Tagen/Wochen erfahren. Ich bin gespannt. Liebe Grüße, dein Markus 😘Read more




      Einfach toll👍☘️🍄😀 [Margit]

    • Day32

      Day29/18 Caldas de Reis to A Escravitude

      June 1 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Our walk today started at 7:30 a.m. with a very humid temperature of 18 degrees under cloudy skies with some clear blue breaks. We managed to avoid any rain until the skies opened at 8:45. However, even before I could get on my rain poncho, the rain stopped.

      It rained on and off all morning, but by the time we stopped for our first break at the 12 kms mark, the skies had cleared and we were treated to some warm sunshine the rest of the way into A Escravitude.

      The walk today was much more interesting than yesterday's and it took us along some Roman roads, through a well preserved ancient village and through lots of forested areas. There were many barnyard animals along the way, a house clad with scallop shells, the symbol of the Camino, and several magnificent churches.

      We stopped for lunch in Padron and had to order a dish of Pimientos Padron in the town where they originated. As expected, they were the best we've had so far.

      Six kilometers later we arrived at our accomodations and after showering, enjoyed a bottle of Rioja in the living room while we waited for a restaurant to open for dinner at 7:00 pm.

      As it turned out, when we arrived at the restaurant, we were told dinner wasn't until 8:00 pm! But the waiter called in the chef (his wife) and we enjoyed an excellent meal at 7:00 while watching an old Lee Van Cleef Western that was dubbed into Spanish.

      Overall a great day on the Camino with only one more to go before we're done.

      It's going to be an extra early start tomorrow, so it's time for me to say buenas noche.
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