Villafranca Montes de Oca

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  • Day17

    Belorado to Villafranca Montes de Oca

    May 6, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    The Camino de Santiago. I read about it, I watched videos about it but nowhere in my research let me know how hard it is to do. Your feet hurt all of the time. But through the hurt, things are happening physically that are really good. First, I think that I have lost 15 lbs and a pant size already. Cardiovascular wise? I can actually make it up a long hill now without huffing and puffing and feeling like I want to die. I am drinking between 3 & 4 liters of water each day. I have made some adjustments which makes things stuffing my IPad..which is my camera...under my chest strap for easy access, putting my fanny pack on my side instead of my front so it doesn’t impede my stride....little things like this help. Another story from the Camino: I met a guy volunteering at the Albergue a couple of towns ago...he has hiked the Camino 23 times. His dad...hiked the Camino 30 times starting in 1957. I just want to make it through it once...that’s hard enough! It’s interesting when it comes to the locals response to you as you walk through their towns. Some people are really indifferent and show no signs of even noticing you. Others however, give you a big smile and say: Hola! Buen Camino! The Camino is a big deal to a lot of Spanish seems and they respect you for making the trek. I have met a fair amount of Spanish people that are looks very good on a resume here apparently. Maybe some are doing it for that reason, maybe for deeper meaning...not really sure. It’s funny though...I have walked through bad neighborhoods, past gang type people but it’s like an unwritten rule here...don’t mess with a pilgrim and they leave you be. I find myself tonight in a small town, I am in a little pensione which compares to a small b&b in Maine. A nice room, shared bathroom and just overall, quaint and classy. I face an uphill climb of 5.6km up over a mountain in the morning. I stopped here because I just couldn’t face that hill at 2pm and already tired and sore. So I head out in the morning, packing the meal I cooked tonight...a full water bottle and hopes that I make it up and over before it gets to hot. Thank you for checking in as usual! I hope this finds everyone well!Read more

  • Day123


    July 2, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    The cooler weather today made for pleasant walking. We had a change of scenery and walked through miles of oak and pine forests. My back was better today. I did some stretching with my poles (thanks,Candi 🙂), Alan took a few things from my pack for a bit plus gave me some back rubs on our breaks, and we bought some ibuprofen cream which works great. Hopefully, it continues to be fine.

    Our first plan was to stop in San Juan de Ortega today, but after a quick rest and snack, we continued on to Agés. We are glad we did because our whole crew is here. It was so relaxing sitting out under the umbrellas this afternoon visiting with them all. Our group consists of: 2 couples from Sweden, 3 people from Poland, 1 from Italy, 1 from Iran, 3 young women from Vermont, 1 young guy from Texas, 1 guy from Ireland, a couple from South Korea, and us with ages ranging from 18 to 65. They are a great group of people. Sadly, some of them will be leaving us after Burgos (where we will be tomorrow), and that will be hard. 😕

    Many of us have booked nice hotel rooms in Burgos, though, which we are very happy about! We are ready for a little pampering and REAL TOWELS! 🙂 The topic of doing a rest day came up, but Alan and I are feeling great, so we have decided to not do a rest day yet.

    We have walked 163 miles now, after the 16 miles we did today, and we have around 14 or 15 miles tomorrow to get to Burgos.
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  • Day14

    Villafranca Montes de Oca

    August 31, 2016 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 22 °C

    Hotel San Antón Abad
    After walking around 18 miles for each of the last two days I was going to take it easy and just walk about 9 miles. However, when I arrived in Belorado, where I had planned to stay it was only about 11:00, despite my starting later in the morning than usual. The albergue wasn't going to open until 12:30, so I decided to walk on, after making a reservation at this place which has a hotel, and an albergue. Hotel San Antón Abad is former hospital for pilgrims built in 1377.

    When I arrived I asked how much a hotel room was, and when I learned it was only 50€ I decided it was a good time to splurge. It's sooo nice to have a bathroom all to myself, especially after last night when there was one bathroom for twelve people.

    Tomorrow I will definitely do a shorter walk, and since I don't have to check out until noon I'll be able to sleep in (hopefully).

    Today I walked half the time alone, then for a short stretch with a German guy who was at my albergue last night. Then for a about an hour and a half with two Korean girls, until we reached the village where they were staying. For the last stretch I walk with a Spanish father and son, which gave me a good opportunity to practice my Spanish.
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  • Day14

    Villafranca Montes de Oca

    August 31, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    View of the church from my window. There is a huge shell inside that's used for holy water.

  • Day22

    Granon to Villamayor Montes de Oca

    September 2, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Today's camino was on dirt roads through farm fields with several small villages along the way. The down side was it was right next to a major highway, think walking alongside Interstate 5. We are staying at an albergue that is attached to a hotel. The pictures of the mounts are in the bar. There are assorted mounts above on all 4 walls. I'm going to find out the details later. I thought Daryl might get a kick out of them.Read more

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