Camino de Madrid 2019

I walked my first Camino Frances/Finisterra/Muxia in 2013, and have since walked the Via De La Plata and the Sanabres in 2016/17. This journal will cover my 2019 Camino de Madrid and Invierno routes to Santiago.
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  • Day55

    The Final Walk!

    October 14 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    The Final Walk.

    The rain was pouring down on us early this morning, as we made the final walk into Santiago. It was imperative that we obtain a number early, to ensure that we could get our compestelas today. Once one gets a number, you can track it’s progress on your phone. This way, you don’t have to stand in line.

    I have received a hat trick of compestelas on this trip. The first for the Camino de Madrid, the second for the Camino San Salvador, and the third for the Camino Frances for walking Sahagun to Leon, and Sarria to Santiago. I also have an official distance certificate siting a total distance walked of 798 kilometers.

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  • Day54

    Salceda To San Lazaro

    October 13 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Heavy rains were predicted for today, but we lucked out a little. It drizzled lightly most of the day, but nothing too serious. The walk was made slightly easier, due to the number of places that we could stop at. We walked a long 24 kilometers to the San Lazaro albergue, which is in a suburb of Santiago. About a 30 minute walk to the cathederal. It is the same albergue that I always stop at here. Tomorrow morning we can take our time getting to the cathederal to figure out the process to get our compestela.

    Just a few pics from today.
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  • Day53

    Boente To Salceda

    October 12 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Only 28 kms to Santiago now. Unfortunately it looks like rain all day tomorrow. Will try to get as close to Santiago as possible.

    Just a few pics from the trail today.

  • Day51

    Gonzar To Mato

    October 10 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    A straight forward 22 km walk today. We ended up at the albergue Casa Domingo, which I was at in 2013. Was a bit disappointed that my old manger bed was not there anymore. The have a great communal meal here at night.

    Only 62 more kilometers to Santiago. We don’t want to arrive until Monday, as this weekend is the Spanish national holiday. Santiago would be a real zoo then.

    Anyway a few pics.
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  • Day47

    Update - Onto Santiago!

    October 6 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    After finishing in Oviedo, I decided that my next course of action would be to go back to the Frances. I could meet up with aussie Paul, and continue from Sarria which is just a little more than 100 kms from Santiago.

    I took a bus to Astorga, and stayed overnight. Next day I went by train to Sarria.
    I started walking from there only a few kilometers per day, until Paul and I met up again in Portomarin. We should both be entering Santiago by Monday.

    Just 85 more broootal kilometers. Here are some camino frances pics.
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  • Day46

    Day In Oviedo

    October 5 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    Today I used to just rest up and go to the cathedral to collect my compestela. It felt great to complete the San Salvador to receive this. No line ups or anything. In the old days, it was considered a must ahead of the one in Santiago.

    “Whoever goes to Santiago and doesn't go to Salvador visits the servant but forgets the Lord.”

    Here is a link for some background.
    https://www.turismoasturias.es/en/camino-de-santiago/camino-san-salvador

    The relics here are amazing. Much more so than in Santiago many say. These include, THE ARC OF THE COVENANT, (yes that one), the head burial shroud of Jesus, and the vessel were water was turned to wine.
    All very fascinating.

    Have a look at the pics.
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  • Day45

    Pola de Lena To Oviedo

    October 4 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    San Salvador Camino Completed!

    The last day of the Camino, and one of the most broootal.

    We were eager to finish off today, so we decided to walk the 34 kilometres to Oviedo. Juan was so eager he woke at 5:00am to get going. I did’t leave until 7:00.

    The first stretch to the town of Mieres, was pretty easy going along pedestrian walkways. I arrived there at 10:00. I thought the rest of the day would be a breeze.

    There are two hills to go up and down to Oviedo. The first is not well marked. I ended up going down a muddy trail into the middle of a forest. Totally lost, and because it was also a misty rainy day, I could not see the sun. I ended up using my phone to navigate out. About 5 to 8 wasted kilometers.

    After surviving this, I found flechas again. Now the only thing between me and Oviedo was one more mountain.

    I arrived in Oviedo at around 5:00 that evening. Juan had arrived only 1 hour sooner.

    After finding a hostel, we went out to drink the local cider to celebrate the end of the San Salvador Camino.

    Tomorrow I will receive my compestela document!
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  • Day44

    Bendeunos To Pola de Lena

    October 3 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    It was a great little albergue last night in the mountains, and I had a good breakfast of cereal and coffee that was put there by Sara the great hospitalerio.

    It was an extra 1.5 kilometres to get back to the trail signs from the albergue. Our trail friend Nicholas is pushing on an e tea amount today, since he is anxious to continue onto the Primitivo way. Nicholas has been a great fellow perigrino. Buen Camino Nicholas!

    Juan and I have taken a shorter day stopping in Pola de Lena. A nice town with all the services. Juan found a great menu del did place. It started with oxtail lentil soup that was to die for, followed by pork cutlets, and for poster a fantastic cheese cake! Of course a bottle of wine with it all for less than a Big Mac and fries at home.

    It is a lovely municipal albergue here. Juan found a game of chess here and has challenged me tonight!

    After we went out for cider which is famous here. The have a particular way of pouring it. (See video)

    Anyway getting closer to Oviedo.
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  • Day43

    Pajares To Bendeunos

    October 2 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    What a day. Today the trail didn’t seem to know if it wanted to go up or down. There were long stretches of both. The scenery was great as usual. This section was rated 5/5 for difficulty and I now see why. It was like 4 hours straight on the stepper at the YMCA. Even tho it was only 15 kilometres today, it seemed like 40.

    When I arrived at the town where I thought the albergue was, all I found was a sign directing me to a road saying it was another 1.5 Kms away. Of course after going down hill into the town, this road was all uphill at a 30 degree angle.

    I came across another group of houses, and still did not see it. I then stopped and took off my pack, and consulted my iPad guide. Just as I was looking up the albergue phone number, a car came down the road and stopped by me. A very sweet woman asked if I was Terry! My fellow perigrinos Juan and Nicholas had arrived before me, and told her that I should arrive shortly. She came out looking for me. The albergue was just another 500 meters away! There she had prepared a fantastic Asturias style soup for us. This is one of the best albergues that I have every been in, and I would suggest that anyone doing this Camino stop over here.

    Anyway here are some pics.
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