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Europe » Spain » Castile & León October 2nd 2015

October 1,2015 It is hard to believe it is October. Truly the walking day after day is starting to tyre me. As much as the first part was physical, this seems to be a mental fatigue. We walked from Herrerias to Triacastela today. The guide book seems to be incorrect in distance. I am sure we walked for 36 or more km. we decided to do this climb in the morning when we were still fresh. The climb was aggressive and it didn't take long to go beyond fresh. I tried to keep my distance from everyone but of course many of us were in the same sweaty state. the first 4 km was a steep climb to La Faba. We had our breakfast there, a great coffee with Bob Marly music. Camino friends soon joined ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Ponferrada September 29th 2015

September 30,2015 I am 2 days late on this one as the Internet has been spotty. Valtuille was a great little town where we had the house to ourselves, cooked a home meal and sat by the fireplace. The walk to Herrerias was different. On the one side we had a road and some traffic and on the other was a river with its peaceful sounds and birds. Some how we missed our intended path up the hills to a sun filled hill top which was reported to be delightful. Oh well! Missed one path and on another. This path changed about half way to a country road with fallen chestnuts and walnuts. This is a pilgrims meal for sure. We landed in this little town Herrerias, a one horse town( actually had several horses). It ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Ponferrada September 29th 2015

September 29, 2015 It is hard to believe it has been a month since starting our adventure. We are now less than 200km to Santiago and from my calculations we will be there on October 7. It will be 37 days with a extra days in Burgos and Leon. I think for our first adventure on this Way, we have done it as it should be keeping a pace that has been very comfortable. The next time, if, I think I would spend more time in the smaller villages and the smaller Abergues. Today was a much more pleasant trip as we were more country and less roadside. The country roads provided us with figs and grapes from the vineyards which were great to sample along the way. In Ponferrada we were too early to get ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Molinaseca September 28th 2015

September 28 I cannot believe we will be less than 200 km tomorrow of our Santiago walk. I just blogged separately about puerto Irago Cruz de Ferro so I will just say this is important for today. Today's adventure from Rabanal to Molonaseca was a pleasure from many other paths in that we were in nature and not on the pavement or near cars. We did climb about450 feet and a lot of this was on rocky river bed. The biggest challenge was the decent from 1515 meters down to 610 meters and all on river bed rock. A pleasure but not without challenge. Good to be here. We shared some of today's adventure with Florida Dave and Carl. A pleasure. ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Molinaseca September 28th 2015

Today was the highlight of the Camino. La Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross) was the highlight of the Camino. I cannot express the feelings when approaching or touching the pole with the cross. It is a magical majestic spot about 5000 feet above sea level. A simple cross on a big weathered pole. It was erected in the early 1500's to symbolize the Camino Way struggles. The personal struggles in the world. It is very difficult to describe but you can feel the weight of all the people before you and with you and it is over whelming. To symbolize your struggle you are to bring a rock, a symbol of your Camino/Life journey and leave it at the cross. Each of us leave something. Concerns/troubles/wishes and prayer. Shortly after leaving I read several notations on ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Astorga September 27th 2015

September 27/2015 Finally getting up to date as WiFi can be spotty. Today was a much more pleasant walk as much of the trip was away fr the highway. The little towns are similar to each other but unique in ways. A little town Called El Ganso has this unique Cowboys Bar along with a cure older church. A great day which was short enough to get organized for a few days ahead. Tomorrow we make a. Big climb. ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Astorga September 27th 2015

September 27/2015 Finally getting up to date as WiFi can be spotty. Today was a much more pleasant walk as much of the trip was away fr the highway. The little towns are similar to each other but unique in ways. A little town Called El Ganso has this unique Cowboys Bar along with a cure older church. A great day which was short enough to get organized for a few days ahead. Tomorrow we make a. Big climb. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Astorga September 27th 2015

September 25/26, 2015 Travelling out of Leon was forever on sidewalk and pavement through industrial. Once beyond the never ending city , the path was beside the highway, non descript. We went to a small town San Martin and stayed in a small pension. The following day we went on to Astorga. We crossed a Medieval bridge, Puente de Orbigo, the longest and best preserved. It has a very well known history. We. Took an optional route which took through farm land and a family was harvesting potatoes. The farmer in conversation said hard work but little pay. The whole fily seemed to be out there. Astorga is another well preserved walled city. When we arrived they were practicing for a future re enactment of some battle. I think it had to do with the struggle ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » León September 26th 2015

September 23,24, 2015 I think I mentioned that Mansilla de las Mullas was a neat old walled town with lots of character. They had a farmers market when we arrived. Very lovely. The 23 was a walk to Leon nearing the highway to Leon. It was relatively flat and uneventful. We arrived mid afternoon. The mission for Leon was to get Terri a rain jacket to replace the lost one. It took us 5 stores but eventually found an acceptable piece. The second was to get some medical supplies and get Terri's hair back to normal. Done! Accomplished! Leon in a beautiful city. The first day on arrival was simply gettin to know the town a little. The following day we explored the beautiful Catherdral, several other churches, etc. Leon in our favorite. The city also ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » León September 25th 2015

September 21,22 Leaving Los Templarios to Calzadilla. Then on Mansilla de las mulas. Great to be more than half way to Santiago. The road from Los Templarios to Cmalzada de Coro was along the highway virtually non descript. I should mention Terri's Spanish saved us in Sahagun as we did seem to be drifting in the city after visiting a few Pharmacies. From there we took the rural way which initially was a road in the middle of farm land. Nothing unusual in a rural setting. The only thing in Coto was there was a man taking photos. Unusual. He was taking them of Teri and another single female. I believe Teri left here Rain coat there where we took lunch. We travelled about kilometre and there was a car on the over pass with a ... read more
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