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May 27, 2019 - Burgos to Leon

We arrived in Leon on Friday afternoon. It was our fourth day or our five day biking segment of our Camino journey. The experience has been very different than the walk. Sunny, a non biker, has reconfirmed that she should have her feet on the ground as opposed to on pedals. She literally hit the wall on the first day on our ride from Burgos to Castrojeriz. Early in the day she chose to follow a narrow walking path as opposed to a wider bike path and on a sharp corner a rode right into a cement wall. We found that following the Camino trail...

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May 20, 2019 - Vilamayor to Burgos

One of the constants on our walk through Spain is the sleepy little towns we pass through. We rarely see anyone out of their homes in the smallest of towns. Not only that, the houses mostly have their shutters closed giving the feeling of ghost towns. On Thursday we arrived in the town of Vilamayor just after noon after a short 14 km walk from Santo Domingo. Upon arriving at our very quaint guest house, our host indicated that there were no shops open in the town. We had two choices for dinner, the guest house or the Albergue down the...

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May 16, 2019 - LaGuardia to Viloria de Rioja

We have just finished our 11th day of walking and covered over 220 kms. We have gotten into a real routine. We have breakfast every morning around 7:30 and are on the road by 8:30. Walking 20 kms is beginning to seem effortless. Today we only had 14 kms and the walk took 3 hours. The weather continues to be fantastic but it is forecasted to change tomorrow. The ponchos and rain gear will be ready if needed. We learned that only 20 percent of the people that start the Camino actually complete it. We have meet up with a few new people in the...

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May 11, 2019 - Day 25

Hello dear family and friends I have walked for 25 days and nearly 400 miles. Today and yesterday were both 20+ miles each. You’d think my legs and feet would be used to the routine but these last two days have sent them into a revolt. Sore shins and calf muscles from all the climbing up and down mountains with rough stone paths. Yesterday was the highest point of the way. It was absolutely beautiful scenery/countryside. The iron cross (Cruz de ferro) is the spot where you lay down a stone or other token you’ve brought from home. Prayer...

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Camino de Santiago

May 6, 2019 - The Practical Path, the Spiritual Path and the Personal Path

The guidebook most pilgrims use follows a format that suggests you look at your Camino from three perspectives: the practical, spiritual and the personal. It is a reasonable approach. So, I’ve decided to write this entry with that in mind. The Practical: photos#1-11 I am more than half way along my Way. It is physically arduous, as you can imagine. The daily walk is usually 6-7 hours. On my last entry I was in Logroño. Leaving there, I climbed up into the mountains and lots of charming little villages. Vineyards and lovely countryside....

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Camino de Santiago

May 2, 2019 - Ambasmestas

2 May 2019 – Ambasmestas Oh I am happy hiking again. I cheated a bit the first day walking only from Cacabelos to Villafranca del Bierzo on the first day. I was slow but took a high route little travelled by pilgrims past my favourite house in all of Spain. It is located high on a hill surrounded by grapevines. Everytime I see that house I say to myself – that is where I will live when I get really old. The views are spectacular though he house is small. I arrived in Villafranca in time for the 1 May celebration with all the locals walking...

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Solo Camino 2019

Apr 30, 2019 - Foncebadon and Ponferrada

207 Kms to Santiago Ponferrada 30 April 2019 The little car made it to Ponferrada today with no mishaps. I returned the car and hobbled to my hotel. The receptionist was able to book me for an appointment with a physiotherapist/massage therapist for 5:15 this afternoon. I assumed the therapist wouldn’t speak much English so I wrote down what was bothering me in my very best “google English”. When she read my “Spanish” account, she looked puzzled. It probably came out something like this: “My feet have stabbed me in the heart. They are on...

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Solo Camino 2019

Apr 29, 2019 - You don’t choose a life, you live one.

Hi folks, I have had uncanny poor luck with wi-fi the last few days so I am writing this on my cellular data, on my phone...which is a pain in the ass. This will be a short entry as a result. The title of this entry is a quote from the movie “The Way”. If you haven’t seen it, take the time to find it on Netflix or whatever. Profound words. I saw it on a poster a town or two ago. Today I walk 13miles to a village to the west of Burgos(big city) and by the time I get to the town there are no rooms available. The nice innkeeper tells me he can...

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Camino de Santiago

Apr 28, 2019 - Astorga

Astorga is a pretty city but parking here is a disaster. I drove around quite a while trying to find a parking area outside of the pedestrian part of town and finally found one 5 or 6 blocks from this hotel. I just hope that I can remember where I parked the car in the morning. Astorga has a beautiful gothic cathedral and another building beside the cathedral built by Gaudi known as Palacio Episcopal (Bishop's Palace). Lots of pilgrims and tourists here. It's Sunday - I had no idea what day of the week it was - otherwise the hotel can...

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Solo Camino 2019

Apr 27, 2019 - Hospital de Orbigo

Hospital de Orbigo This is a very special town with one of the longest and best preserved medieval bridges in Spain dating from the 13th century when the Knights Hospitaller of St John built a hospital on the other side of the bridge. The myriad of arches carry you across rio Orbigo via the passage of honour Paso Honros, so called because of the famous jousting tournament that took place here in 1434. The story is that a noble knight from Leon, Don Suero de Quinone, scorned by a beautiful lady, threw down a gauntlet to any knight who dared...

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Apr 26, 2019 - Sahagun through Leon to Villar de Mansarife

In Sahagun train station I met an Englishman who had begun hiking, then rented a bike in Burgos and had planned to ride to Leon and then begin hiking again. But it snowed and rained on the trail. He said it took him 3 hours to push the bike 5 kms through the mud. He was soaked, his shoes were wet and he had put his feet into plastic bags and then into his shoes. He was cold and totally exhausted. He wanted to take the train to Leon but the train, leaving within the hour, didn't allow bikes on it. He was panicking. He contacted the bike...

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Apr 26, 2019 - Villar de Mansarife - life over the day in Tio Pepe

Having arrived very very early in Villar de Mansarife, I have time to show you what an Albergue looks like. This is a lovely little Albergue in a tiny village. The women who run this Albergue are wonderful and very friendly. Early in the morning it was just the local folks in for coffee in the morning. I was having lunch when the first pilgrims arrived beginning at 1:30 p.m. They are still arriving at 3:00 p.m. and I expect they will continue to arrive over the next hour or so. It's now evening and the pilgrims are gathering for dinner....

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Solo Camino 2019

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