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  • Day141

    Triacastela-July 20

    July 20 in Spain

    July 20

    Today was a misty, foggy morning followed by a beautiful afternoon and evening...kind of chilly, but so nice for hiking. It was great to not be a big sweat ball 😂 We walked through many tiny hamlets that consisted of just a few farms and other buildings and had to yield to a few cows at times (and a bull).

    The farms and hills surrounding Triacastela are just beautiful, AND our dinner tonight was amazingly good! Most of the time the restaurants offer a 1st course, 2nd course, dessert, wine and water for a set price. Last night’s was 10 euros for each of us, and tonight’s was also 10. But, tonight’s was (as Paku Chan would say) ATARI - very, very good! Alan was going to have octopus 🐙, but the call of a good steak swayed him.

    Somehow, all of our people ended up in Triacastela tonight, so we were able to meet for dinner -so nice and great company. 🙂

    Tomorrow, we hike to Sarria. We have another good climb to do tomorrow and then a bunch of down. We have about 83 miles to go.
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  • Day141


    July 20 in Spain

    July 19

    With the threat of thunderstorms, we started walking at 5:30 am with our headlamps. Finding our way in the dark takes some concentration to make sure we don’t miss an arrow pointing the way and, at one point, we had no idea which way to go. Thankfully, some other people walked buy that did, so we were on the right track.

    Today started out with a lot of walking on pavement, and that is really hard on my feet. We wanted to go 10 kilometers before we stopped for breakfast, but the surface we were walking on was at a constant slant and it was really hard on my left foot. So, we stopped for breakfast sooner, then stopped again after 10 kilometers so I could put some Fisio Cream on my foot and Achilles, and then again after 20 kilometers for a snack.

    The last 8-9 kilometers were straight uphill which, even though was hard, felt much better for my foot and my back. It is easier on my body when the terrain changes. I think today’s stage was the hardest, physically for me. It took 8 hours, and we did a bit over 18 miles.

    Once we found our place to sleep in O’Cebreiro, we didn’t do much except try to shower, eat and get some sleep. The food ended up being comically bad and, since our room was above a cafe/bar, sleep was difficult 😂. Our Japanese friend (who is a chef) taught us the word he uses for really bad food. He called it “hazare” He claims he will find us an excellent “atari” restaurant in our next town. 🙂

    We head to Triacastela tomorrow...only 13 miles, so a bit shorter.
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  • Day28

    Good evening from Triacastella, Spain. I left O Cerbreiro this morning around 730 am. It was a painful morning albergue wise as many many people were trying to get ready at once. But, $8/night...guess you have to take the good with the bad. The walk today was a lot of uphills and downhills. The downhills are actually worse. The day ended with a 4 mile long decent into Triacastela. And, to top off a trying afternoon, I got in late and the only bed was in a shitty albergue but hey, it’s a roof, a bed and a me, that’s about it. The tent came close to coming out of the bag again. I am in a four person room with a Spanish couple in their 60’s...they speak no English so no conversation. I current am in a cafe/bar in town having dinner...The Galician specialty of Octopus, bread and of course, red wine. Plus, I get to use their WiFi as there is none at the albergue. I am starting to have issues with my left is pretty inflamed and is becoming an issue for the last couple of days especially in the afternoon. It took me a long time today to reach town and because of it which creates more issues like bed availability because you arrive into town late. Oh well, no one promised me that it would be easy. I am around 80 miles out currently. That is it for now, I hope this finds everyone well!Read more

  • Day22

    La Laguna de Castilla -> 23km -> Tricastela
    We are officially in Galicia - the last region of the trip! It's amazing here, the views from the hilltops we were on today - great. Many ups and downs, was not always easy but always beautiful. Arrived in Tricastela where we are enjoying princess like life in a beautiful albergue!

  • Day47

    Another amazing day...I think the last 2 days - climbing up to O Cebreiro and today descending to Triacastela are probably the most spectacular of the Camino. We walked 22 kms, descended from 1330 metres altitude to here which is 675 metres, so quite a lot of downhill walking!

    We left a bit before 8, when it was not quite light, and was 2°...I was really happy I had gloves! But it was a magic got lighter each minute, and it was totally clear, no mist even down in the valleys below, so this spectacular scene gradually revealed itself, and continued all day. For the most part, we undulated along the shoulder of the mountains, at one point having a steep ascent to an altitude even greater than O Cebreiro!! Then we continued, still quite high with amazing valley views in all directions, till we finally made the big descent to Triacastela. We could see a town in the distance and couldn’t believe it could be where we were to go...but it was! Just a beautiful walk through the Galician countryside.

    Galicia is a different world from the Camino till now. We have the stone walls, houses, slate or thatched roofs, and we walk through dairy farms, and see and smell cows. It just feels like a new country, and the language is different...a lot of words with X, rather like Basque! (Though am sure the Basques and the Galicians would not agree!). Also we notice another difference...much more tourism...busloads came to O Cebreiro, and today we came across several guided tours of walkers, and even a tour of horse riders doing the Camino! SO glad we are free to do our own thing!! Of course, after a rest day, you see a new group of walkers anyway. Also, after Sarria where we walk to tomorrow, there are potentially many more pilgrims as a lot of people start there and do that last section to Santiago...but hopefully, as it is now October, we won’t notice too much increase in the walker population.

    I’ll add a couple of photos, and if it goes well, will send more as we have so many stunning ones to choose from!
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  • Day28


    June 26, 2017 in Spain

    Relatively short walk down the other side of the mountains today. It was foggy and wet but it was great to see a change in the weather after days and days of mega hot weather 😊
    Getting and closer to the sub 100km mark... Scary stuff!!
    Also, wishing my Grumpdad a very very happy birthday today and a huge big hug 😘

  • Day14

    Today after 25kms and 8 hours of mountain climbs we descended down and down into Triacastela. The excellent guidebook says to congratulate myself on a job well done, the pass into Galicia has been overcome and from here on the mountains soften in severity. Well that's great news, because today was tough on my feet. Two badly bruised toes and walking in my sandals may demand a shorter day tomorrow.

  • Day31


    May 26, 2017 in Spain

    We had a wet 16 mile jaunt across glorious, blossoming mountains to the town of Triacastela, which marked our transition into the last region on the Camino, Galicia. Galicia is known as the country of a thousand rivers and has a high average rainfall. The rain again today was cooling which felt good as uphill hiking made us overwarm. While not so light as yesterday's rain, it never felt gloomy as we hiked (later in the day came thunder, lightning and heavy, grey clouds). Spring is in it's full glory here and we've been delighted to see so many baby farm animals (ponies, calves, kids and kittens).

    During second breakfast, we met a British couple and felt an immediate connection with them. We met them again at our lunch spot and exchanged warm greetings when they arrived at the Complexo Xacobeo, the albergue we're staying in this evening.

    Tomorrow, we are going to pass through Sarria, which was Tom's last stop on his previous Camino. Ten years ago, he traveled from Astorga to Sarria in 10 days, this time around we are competing the same distance in 6 days. Sarria happens to be 100 kilometers from Santiago, which is the minimum distance one must complete in order to receive a Compostela.

    A Compostela is a certificate (in Latin) declaring thst the pilgrim completed the journey for religious or spiritual reasons. A myth persists that the Compostela is like an indulgence in that it decreases the pilgrims time in purgatory by 50%. Whether it's for this reason that so many people begin their journey at Sarria or simply because they have less time to spend traveling, I'm not sure, but it is the case that the number of pilgrims on the way grows significantly beginning from Sarria to Santiago. We've begun booking beds a day or so in advance to ensure we have a place to stay each night.
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Tríacastela, Triacastela, 27639

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