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Triacastela

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    • Day 32

      Day 31 The alternate route to Samos

      June 6 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 70 °F

      Morning walk along the river into the scenic town of Samos. The Benedictine Monestery, built in the sixth century, dominates the view walking into Samos. The quiet, beautiful monestary was amazing. There are currently 8 monks and 2 students living in this enormous structure. Part of it serves as a hostel too. We saw fewer than 10 people on the camino today. Very peaceful. But we keep seeing the same people once we are in town.Read more

    • Day 31–32

      Day 28 to Triacastela

      June 5 in Spain

      Spectacular day... climbing ridiculous heights... with a special little bitch of a little climb... the raddler (lemon beer) at the top was exquisite!

      Had a good bit of running today!! I miss running- runner before walker... beautiful little abode in Triacastela with dogs and super friendly Xavier (who's doing our washing... at a few euros!)

      Supper with The clan from.SA & John, Bruce, Jo (female) from Aus and Markus from Germany - Achen!!!
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    • Day 43

      Moins de 150 km !

      May 31, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Chemin de Compostelle 34/40
      Étape #. 27. Camino francés « Hospital à Samos ». Kilomètres parcourus 26,5 km. Cumulatif : 883,2 km, moyenne 25,9 km par jour. Étapes restantes avant Saint-Jacques de Compostelle : 6 et moins de 128 km à fouler.

      Journée particulièrement encourageante puisqu’à 7h45 ce matin nous franchissions la borne indiquant qu’il nous reste 150 km à fouler pour arriver à Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle (Santiago, Espagne). Photo. Un peu avant cette borne nous avons dû gravir quelques montées abruptes (25 %) avant d’amorcer une descente raide atteignant par moment 24 % de dénivellation, jusqu’à 700 mètres pendant 7 km. La descente s’est très bien passée.

      Nous avons emprunté un chemin nettement plus traditionnel. Nous sommes chanceux, pas de pluie une température idéale pour marcher et toujours une petite brise par moment.

      Nous avons donc couché 26 bornes aujourd’hui et il nous reste 128 kilomètres avant d’atteindre Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle (Santiago).
      Nous sommes si près de l’objectif.

      Demain petite journée au bureau et 12 km.

      Buen Camino 🤗
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    • Day 14

      The final chapter begins

      April 22 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 41 °F

      We began the day with a very cool walk along the highway in the dark and into a wonderful valley of farms and villages. Sadly, it seemed that each village was a remembrance of the past. Most buildings were for sale or abandoned. Mid morning, we reached Samos, and it's monestary from 700 AD. During our walk into Sarria, we joined a recent college grad from Florida and a Spanish grandfather who has walked many of the Caminos (more than 20 times). The vibe in Sarria was different as this is the jumping off point for those that want to complete the last 100k to Santiago. I miss our travel companions and who to meet others during our final week.Read more

    • Day 37

      Day 35 - To Biduedo

      October 13, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Day 35 - To Biduedo
      24 kms; Difficulty
      20-21°C

      Today was the final BIG ascent! Glad that’s behind me. It was pretty darn tough in spots. But there was also a few short trails through the bush which were very pretty. The payoff for the hard work of ascending is the beautiful views!

      The countdown begins!
      I will be in Santiago in
      6 days. I have 640 km behind me, 160 to go. And I have to say I’m looking forward to it. The trail, as beautiful and amazing as it is, is tough. It causes a lot of wear and tear on the body and the soul. And I’m getting tired! ❤️
      The last three pictures are where I’m staying tonight. Casa Quiroga in Biduedo. Population 31!
      Very foggy tonight!!
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    • Day 26

      26. DAY | 29 km

      May 24, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Bienvenido a Galicia...

      Wie war dass, mit du brauchst Wandersstöcke und Wanderschuhe? Don't go with the flow, ich sag euch eins, heute ging es den ganzen Tag nur Bergauf und zwar durch Schlamm und Pferdeäpfel mit Outdoor Sneaker und guter Musik in den Ohren. Ja meine Lieben heute habe ich die letzte Region betreten und was soll ich sagen, ich verstehe kein Spanisch mehr weil deren Dialekt ziemlich heftig ist und Dörfer welche mehr Kühe als Menschen haben, besitzen einen Namen obwohl du nicht einmal nachvollziehen kannst wo jetzt genau deren Anfang und Ende war. Abgesehen davon ist die Landschaft wunderschön, grün und voll mit Tieren.

      Als ich heute mit Omi telefoniert habe sagte Sie zu mir: Weißt du eigentlich nun wann du zurück kommst, ich kann deine Rollläden nicht mehr lange unten sehen, es ist traurig wenn ich jeden morgen und abend aus dem Fenster schaue. Nun steht meine Rückkehr fest, es wird auch solangsam Zeit. Da ein Gabelflug direkt nach Deutschland zu teuer gewesen wäre, habe ich mich für einen Zwischenstop entschieden. Ich verrate nicht wohin, aber ein Song von heute morgen hat mich bereits eingestimmt "Vamos a la playa - Loona".

      Sei mutig, treffe eine Entscheidung und geh!

      Elli

      Bienvenido a Galicia...

      Cos'è questa storia che ti servono bastoni e scarponi da trekking? Non seguite la massa, vi dirò una cosa, oggi è stato tutto in salita per tutto il giorno tra fango e sterco di cavallo con scarpe da ginnastica e buona musica nelle orecchie.
      Sì, cari miei, oggi sono entrata nell'ultima regione e che dire, non capisco più lo spagnolo perché il loro dialetto è piuttosto pesante e i villaggi che hanno più mucche che persone hanno un nome anche se non si capisce nemmeno dove sia l'inizio e la fine. A parte questo, il paesaggio è bellissimo, verde e pieno di animali.

      Quando oggi ho parlato al telefono con nonna, mi ha detto: "Sai quando torni, mi danno fastidio le tue serrande abbassate, è triste non vederti tornare a casa". Ora il mio ritorno è fissato, pian piano è ora e siccome un volo direttamente per la Germania sarebbe stato troppo caro, ho deciso di fare uno scalo. Non vi dirò dove, ma una canzone di stamattina mi ha già messo di buon umore: "Vamos a la playa - Loona".

      Siate coraggiosi, prendete una decisione e partite!

      Elli
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    • Day 31

      Biduedo

      June 17, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      Capella de San Pedro

      Desayuno numero duo
      Awesome Salamanca a tun and
      Actually had a darn good tasting homemade Torta de Queso

      Marie from Germany and I are goofing around with pig sculpture

      L -R: a gentleman from Germany whose name unfortunately escapes me
      Lisl from Netherlands, Ducho from Italy, Chico's Dad also from Germany

      And then I was treated to a cow crossing The Way
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    • Day 43

      Triacastela

      September 30, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Noc w albergue powoduje to, że się nie można wyspać i z konieczności jest chęć na wczesne wyjście. Na drodze powitał nas pomimo dość zimnej temperatury ciepły wiatr zwiastujący raczej gorący dzień. Pokonaliśmy dwie dość solidne góry , pierwsza to Alto de San Roque. Tam pojawił się pierwszy pot i zmiana ostrości wzroku. Na szczęście był tam piękny pomnik pielgrzyma przy którym zrobiliśmy sobie zdjęcia, a w tle mieliśmy dopiero wstające słońce, a przed nami jeszcze widoczny księżyc w pełni, była to wręcz niewiarygodna sceneria. Widoki gór kompensują trudy związane z ich pokonywaniem no i tak było i teraz. Drugi szczyt to Alto do Polo, pomimo jego względnej krótkości nazwaliśmy go górą bestią, bo zabrała wszystko co mieliśmy poza chęcią do natychmiastowego wypicia piwa aby zahamować chęć wymiotowania na bezdechu.
      O dziwo widoki i panoramy górskie nie traciły swojego piękna. Potem już generalnie w dół, osaczeni wąwozami zieleni przybierającej coraz bardziej mistyczne kształty,kolory i zapach, to znak że zaczęliśmy pomału zatapiać się w Galicję pełną inności, czaru, magii, innej zabudowy oraz zapachu ( dominującego krowiego aromatu). Przechodząc przez wioski Galicyjskie trzeba się przyzwyczaić do krowich, końskich czy oślich kup, które leżą na drodze i jak nie pada to tylko trzeba patrzeć gdzie się stawia stopy, ale jak pada to wszystko zamienia się w brązowa rzekę. Okrągłe domy pokryte słomą albo specyficznymi kamiennymi dachówkami. Często dół zajmują zwierzęta, a górę ludzie. Na polach koło domu są widoczne prostokątne często bardzo zdobione przewiewne budowle do przechowywania kukurydzy lub innych dobroci ziemi.
      Cały czas drogą w dół dotarliśmy do Tricastela , małego miasteczka , w którym były kiedyś trzy zamki. Dzisiaj nie ma żadnego, przyjechali Wikingowie i zburzyli wszystkie trzy . Został tylko herb z trzema zamkami których kształty zostały wykute na murach tutejszego kościółka pod wezwaniem Santiago, który niestety z powodu choroby miejscowego, jedynego tutaj Księdza pozostaje od jakiegoś czasu zamknięty. Dzień zakończył się dobrym obiadem, ze smakołykami galicyjskimi i rozmowami ze znajomymi.
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    • Day 49

      Samos (18.8km / 644.6km)

      May 31, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Today we were walking on clouds. We descended from 1300m to 600 and when we started we were above the clouds. It was so beautiful. Shannon called us and we had to stop 3 times to show her the view! It is just the best walking in the mountains with the green hills, flowers and views. After second breakfast at the bottom of the mountain we walked along the river to Samos. I think the walk description was written by an optimist describing the river walk through tree lined paths. They forgot to mention the rolling hills which is code for up and down and up and down and …. You get the picture. When we finally turned the corner and saw the monastery we were very relieved.
      Samos is home to the largest monetary in Spain, with cloisters 50m in length. We took a guided tour followed by mass. It was beautiful although not as welcoming as the other monasteries.
      We had delicious food for lunch at a local restaurant/ pub and returned for a desert and a Spanish brandy after mass and before bed.
      All in all a lovely day of beautiful scenery, solid walking, tasty food, interesting sites and good company.
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    • Day 37 - O Cebreiro to Fillobal - 17km

      October 5, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      I started the day by coming out at 7:00am to see the stars. Cassiopeia was right in front of me. I don’t think many of you know the significance of Cassiopeia for Jörg and I so I will fill you in now.

      About a month after we met in Nashville, Jörg and I travelled together for a week in my car visiting the national parks of southern Utah including Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, etc. We ended the week visiting the Grand Canyon together. Well, the first day of the trip, we were in Zion. I actually had a tent so we camped together. I forget at what point in the evening (I think in the middle of the night), I pointed out to Jörg the constellation Cassiopeia (it is the W shape set of stars). It is the only one I know (well except for the Big Dipper) and learned it from the movie “The sure thing” in the 80s.

      Well, throughout the week, we would always look to the sky in the evening and I would point it out. On the last night we were together before he left to go home to Germany, we were up at 4am and we both went out of the motel room to look outside for it but it was cloudy. Throughout the years we joked about it whenever we had a chance to look at the stars. I feel he is now in those stars watching over me.

      Today was lovely. Coming downhill from O Cebreiro is nothing like coming down from Cruz de Ferro. It is quite pleasant, the path is mostly smooth but steep in some places. I hiked the day with Jenna. She is off to Triacastela (another 3.7km) today so we separated and will probably see each other again in Santiago.

      The town I am in is still on the mountain, about 2/3rds of the way down. I have a private room today and it is beautiful. I am sitting in my room, waiting for my laundry to dry, then I will venture out and just sit and enjoy the view for the rest of the day. My friends Nadine and Jacqueline are here (from Belgium) so I am sure we will have a nice visit.

      TTYL
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