Villafranca del Bierzo

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  • Day26

    Hello from Laguna de Castille...a small town up in the Galician mountains. I arrived last night into Las Herrerias, a small town of 30. I found a small pensione with a private room for a little more than an albergue so I grabbed it up. The walk was pretty uneventful and not real scenic from Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Herrerias. The hike followed a stream and a highway most of the day. Today is a very scenic day through the mountains and I will send out an update tonight if I have decent WiFi. Take care and thank you for checking in!Read more

  • Day26

    Villafranca del Bierzo

    June 24, 2017 in Spain

    Back in wine country!! Though I'm not going hard... Recovering from yesterday and getting rest in before the last big hike up a hill tomorrow. Can't believe how fast time has gone...
    Another great walking day even with tired legs and feet. Last night's celebrations had nothing to do with it of course! 😉

  • Day36

    Ponferrada to Villafranca - 25 kms

    October 27, 2017 in Spain

    I was in a room with three others, an Italian, one from Hong Kong, and the other from Tiawan. Those guys snore too. Had to use my ear plugs to get some sleep.

    Had a pretty good breakfast with yogurt, cofffee, OJ, and pastries, then packed and left in the dark. The sun does not rise until well after eight (8:56 tomorrow to be exact) and with no roosters and dogs to worry about, got a pretty good night's sleep once the ear plugs went in. Think I will alternate between the traditional albergue and the private room route. A private room is much nicer and quieter.

    Passed the castle on the way out, and if I recall the movie (The Way) correctly, it was in Ponferrada where the backpack was stolen, then the next day the son carried the pack to the city gates. No gates, but a pretty park. I think the attached picture is of the walkway. If not, then it is quite pretty anyway.

    Unusual trail markers and it's pretty difficult to get lost with something like that to point out the camino.

    Passing through one small village, it appears that Halloween is a big deal here, unless there is something I do not umderstand. We'll assume that it's all about Halloween.

    Fall is here. Not sure about where you are, but here it is fall. Met a group from Australia walking along and also ran into the Canadian individual that has walked this way several times. Guess she does not mind doing her laundry (but I do and I think that is the worse feature of the camino. Just love it when I can find machines or someone that will do it for a modest fee). Today I found a very nice albergue with several private rooms and the owners were willing to do my laundry for five euros. That is what I call a deal!

    The last picture is a view of the mountain I will be on for the next couple of days, then as far as I am concerned, it is all downhill. Once I reach Sarria, the trail becomes a known entity and the goal is in sight. I will pass through Sarria on the 4th day of walking (beginning tomorrow).

    I ate light tonight as I had a huge lunch and still trying to digest it. Yogurt is very healthy you know.

    Tomorrow, one more time, on the road again.
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  • Day36

    Villafranca to Herrerias - 22 kms

    October 27, 2017 in Spain

    Today was one of those days that occur all to infrequently. The morning was clear and brisk. As the sun rose and I could see more I realized that this just might be the best day of my camino. It will really take something to top it. Scenery was fall beautiful.

    Breakfast of yogurt, coffee and juice, and pastries paved the way for a perfectly delightful walk. While most of it was along an almost empty road, other parts were along a country lane with trees turning color, fields full of animals (think sheep and cattle) and streams keeping the woodsy noise pleasant and relaxing. It felt great to be alive!

    The trail had a steady uphill angle to it, and given that I still have to climb over 600 meters in about seven kms tomorrow, I want to leave early tomorrow and climb while it is cool. It will be really "cool" to arrive at O'cebreio and see the sunrise (I need a rooster tomorrow with an accurate clock).

    I had a second breakfast, then passed through a hamlet and noticed a house with an unusual in-law suite...on the third floor. So when the owner tires of his in-laws he just invites them to enjoy the view from the patio by stepping out the door and wala, all in-law issues are solved.

    The pilgrim stature made me realize that I still have a good distance to navigate, but have come a long way. If this wonderful fall weather continues, making Santiago by November 5 should not be an issue.

    Hope you enjoy the pictures. Lots of detail so please expand and see the sights.

    Lunch was a ham and egg omlet. A bit salty, but I was hungry and probably needed the salt. Plan to loaf around this afternoon and enjoy a Menu del Dia for dinner. I'm sitting outside the cafe enjoying the afternoon sun chatting with a pilgrim from Germany on her last more vacation.

    My room has a window that opens onto the street. Kids are playing, adults are chatting, and I'm thinking about a beer. Haven't had one in several days due to not feeling totally up to par, but today is a different day. Yep, I'm going down and grab a cold one.

    And it was really good! Also found out that dinner at seven is ok, so I'll enjoy an early dinner tonight.

    Dinner was a very large salad with tuna, chicken with French fries, and a navel orange for dessert. They gave me a very dull knife to cut it up. Anyway, very filling and am calling it a night.
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  • Day5

    Villafranca del Bierzo

    March 28 in Spain

    Wenn man erst mal läuft, dann läuft man. Ich war erstaunt, wie gut das gehen kann.

    Die Etappe führt durch Weinberge und kleine Ortschaften. Heute mit Mittagspause.

    In Villafranca (3000 Einwohner) kann man zu günstigen Preisen in alten Gemäuern nächtigen.

    Distanz: 26.4 km

  • Day60

    Back to the Mountains!

    October 2, 2016 in Spain

    The last 3 days have been fantastic, walking back toward the mountains and passing through lovely villages. Along the way I met a sweet Camino cat who climbed right onto my lap when I knelt down to pet it. Another pilgrim I talked to later that day said the same cat jumped on his back pack & went along with him for about 1 km. I also got to hold & have a photo taken with Julie, the Harris hawk!

    Pic #3 stork nest on an old church; I've seen these huge nests all over the place, though apparently it's the wrong time of year for the birds to be hanging out in them as I haven't seen a one

    Pic #5 ahh, the mountains once again

    Pic #6 another Camino kitty
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  • Day60

    Sat, Oct 1: Walking to Ponferrado

    October 2, 2016 in Spain

    The morning was cool and very misty when we started out, reaching La Cruz de Ferro as the sun was coming up and trying to burn through the clouds. I left a stone there in honor of Jamie, a special member of the Lombard Animal Hospital team (where Willy goes each week) who I learned just 2 days before had passed away. I'm thinking of her a lot right now as I continue my walk; she was very excited for my Camino adventure and had often shared stories of her own outdoor adventures with me.
    The day cleared up and there were more amazing views as the mountains appeared once again around us.

    Pic #6 castle in Ponferrado
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  • Day90


    July 6, 2015 in Spain

    Yesterday was a truly spectacular day! Our hike was gorgeous as we walked up a mountain to our highest point of the journey. It was challenging, but we were rewarded by beautiful views at every turn! Take a look at the map that we will post to get an idea of the steepness of the trip; we are about 2/3 of the way through. Besides the beauty of the day, we were on a mission. It was Blaines birthday, and we wanted to make him a special surprise. Along the way we stopped everyone we met and asked them to make a personalized video saying happy birthday in their language. Since many new people started in Leon, it was a great way to meet people. Everyone loved the idea! One group even chased us down asking to be in the video! We have many nationalities represented, from Japanese to French. The video taking was so popular that now whenever people pass us they shout "Blaine! Blaine!" (They are fascinated by the name). We had quite a confusing time trying to explain to a French couple that we were not actually Blaine. The grand finale was when we asked a Spanish man. It turns out he sings professionally, and he chose to sing a popular French pilgrim song. He made a huge show, and everyone in the cafe was either taking a video or singing along! Even though taking the videos added about an hour and a half to our journey, we had so much fun and it truly encompassed the pilgrim spirit!Read more

  • Day29


    May 24, 2017 in Spain

    Instead of staying a second night in Ponferrada, we skipped our scheduled rest day and pushed onward, to Villafranca. As we were leaving, we ran into two other pilgrims who were a bit lost. It's somewhat confusing to leave a big city as the signs aren't always obvious. The four of us banded together and, with Tom in the lead, managed to find our way back onto the path. We walked with them, Michael, from France, and a young woman from Australia, for the first five miles. The trek lasted 17 miles and was mostly uphill, and often along a narrow edge of a regularly used road (a bit at odds with our guide book). Tom had great success with his new sandals and we believe his feet have made a turning point for the good!

    We arrived into the city and headed for the cloister turned albergue, the Convento de Los Padres Paules, where we had booked a double room. We made a trip to the grocery store then sat in the courtyard to read and relax. I thought about how, prior to being on the camino, I had this naïve idea about how many miles I would want up walk each day and how many rest days we'd need. I had thought 12 miles a day (15 miles max) would be ideal but, in actuality, we are comfortable walking 16 - 18 miles each day and have taken less rest days than I expected. I chatted with Tom about it and we think the lesson in this is that it's hard to forecast what will make you happy.
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