Terry’s 2019 Camino

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This year, I will be walking the Camino de Madrid/Camino Frances/Camino Invierno combination.
Currently traveling
  • Oct1

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    October 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

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  • Oct1

    Poladura To Pajares

    October 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Set out early this morning, and the sun rise in the mountains was fantastic. Again it was up up up. At the summit today, the views where fantastic. Our little group had great fun taking photos up there. Nicholas from Sweden had a fancy GoPro that he could control with his phone.

    The second half of the day was down down down. It was a short distance, but took a lot of time on the narrow trails.

    Today we also entered the province of Asturias.
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  • Sep30

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    September 30, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 10 °C
  • Sep30

    La Robla To Poladura

    September 30, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning in bed and checked my iPad. IT WAS 8:20!!! Had a real restful sleep. To my surprise, is nay 1 other perigrino was up. I got the p and started packing up, and the others as well realized how late it was. I had a couple of slices of cheese with ham in the fridge that I gulped down for breakfast. Manuela the Spanish lady was not feeling well, and decided to stay an extra day.

    Today was 24 kilometres, but felt like 44. At first I thought the trail didn’t know how to do anything but go up. It was a fantastic day, walking thru forest and mountain paths, usually within earshot of rambling water. I found it hard to make good time, because I felt that I had to stop and take a photo every 100 meters.

    The mountain scenery has been fantastic. After arriving here, I was told that today’s route is called “la Ruta de Los Meurtes”. I guess there was 2 heart attack victims and 3 helicopter rescues there last week. In spots the mountain trail was challenging, with severe penalties for error. One would certainly not want to be lost up there as the sun went down.

    I can only post 10 pics per “footprint”, so today will involve multiple footprints to add extra pics. I could not decide which to drop! Have a look.
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  • Sep29

    León To La Robla

    September 29, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    The nun’s woke the albergue up at 6:00 am sharp this morning. This was ok with me, as I wanted to get an early start. I ate a couple of yogurts that I bought the night before, and hit the trail.

    Following the arrows, I came across the point where the Camino Frances and the San Salvador split. Armed with water, a almond chocolate bar, and a spare bocadillo, I set out. Once I was out of town and into the hills, I could hardly put my camera away. It is a beautiful woodsy trail with great scenery. No crowds either.

    It was a hilly 27 kilometres, but it felt great. On the trail, I was joined by a Spanish guy who has taken holidays to do this Camino. His name is Juan, and works in Alicante for a company that does international work. By an amazing coincidence, it turns out he works at the same place as our friend Petya Ninova !

    Anyway in La Robla we have a beautiful albergue here tonight with a great group of pilgrims doing this Camino. There is Juan, a Swedish young guy named Christopher who speaks English as well as perfect Spanish, and an older Spanish women named Manuela.

    Tomorrow we climb 1.5 vertical kilometres! Should be extra brooootal.
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  • Sep28

    Mansilla de la Mulas To León

    September 28, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Another day of great weather. We made it to the great city of Leon. I registered at my albergue, shortly after 1:00 pm. It is another parochial one. Just 6 euro includes breakfast! We are inside the old walled city.

    León will represent a turning point for me. I have decided to leave the familiar overcrowded Camino Frances, and start the Camino San Salvador. It starts in León, and continues north to a cathedral in Oviedo where I will receive a compestella document for this Camino. It is a logical extension of the Camino de Madrid/Camino Frances combination. This made more sense for me, as I already have 3 from Santiago. My Aussie friend Paul, is going to complete the Frances, as it is flatter . He feels that the hills of the San Salvador would be too much for his knees.

    So I start the San Salvador tomorrow. It has some great mountain views, hilly terrain, and lots of brooooootal. Should be good!
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  • Sep27

    Burgo Ranero To Mansilla de la Mulas

    September 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Another very pleasant easy walk today along the tree lined trail. It really brings back memories of 2013 when I see things on the trail such as the “Elvis Bar”, and the tired pilgrims statue.

    Tomorrow we enter León.
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  • Sep26

    Sahagun To El Burgo Ranero

    September 26, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    A relatively easy day today along the Frances. What a difference it is along this trail. Many other pilgrims along the trail, and at rest stops. The trails are all well groomed, and shaded by rows of trees. The villages are much closer together, and there is always food and drink at hand.

    Staying at a hostal tonight. Many more choices of places to stay compared with 2013.

    On the downside, a pilgrim told me last night that their friend in Santiago had to wait 3 days to get their compestela. There are so many in Santiago that you have to stand in line to get a number, then follow your number on an app that you download to monitor it’s progress.

    Anyway just a few pics today.
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  • Sep25

    Grajal de Campos To Sahagun

    September 25, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    What a day. We arrived in Sahagun earlier today, completing our Camino de Madrid! We obtained a document at the end to commemorate this at an old church/ museum at the entrance to town.

    We are now on the Camino Frances. The number of pilgrims here is staggering. Since we were early to town, we obtained our beds at a very nice parochial albergue. This evening, we were invited to a pilgrim mass and blessing at the attached church. At mass, I was approached by the priest to do the first reading. After we had a great communal meal.

    Anyway, tomorrow we continue on the Frances to Ponferada, at which point we will switch to the Invierno.
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