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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 13th 2015

13 October 2015, Tuesday Stage 37. A Rua to Santiago de Compostela. We arrive in Santiago de Compostela GPS: 13.22 miles. 5 hours 8 minutes moving. Left Hotel O Pino at 0856. Arrived the cathedral in Santiago at 1620. Then spent 90 minutes in the line to get our official Compostela. Get to our lovely Hotel Pazo do Altamira at 1830. Fitbit: 14.29 miles, 32,712 Steps, 129 Stairs/floors DEDICATION: For those who have followed all, or some, of the stages of our blog, we would like you to know this idea of recording our camino came as we want our two grand-daughters to know adventures, or caminos, can happen at all stages of life. May their own caminos be rewarding and fruitful. God bless both of them. O 'Pino hotel had a nice hot breakfast buffet ... read more
School kids getting off the bus at the school
Our early morning (0930) wooded path
Stone slate plates turned on edge to line the path

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 12th 2015

October 11,2015 Shared a taxi to Muxia and then back to Santiago. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 8th 2015

October 6,2015 The morning started off with a heavy drizzle. It rained off and on all morning and let up in the afternoon. Don't we look pretty in our blue rain gear. The trail was for the most part in groves of trees until we reached the airport where we had to circle round the airport. Again we had some grapes, walnuts and chestnuts from the overhangs on the roadside. This day was 28 km as we wanted to get closer to Santiago to shorten tomorrow. Tomorrow is a small 11 km so we will be in Santiago in good time for the noon mass... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 4th 2015

October 4,2015 Wet to our bones! Even the ant in the picture doesn't like it. Welcome to Galicia which is known to give rain more often. I do have to give thanks that we have only had 3 days of rain, 2 difficult. Today's travel was from Portomarin to Palas de Rei. The path was good in that it was not as challenging as a lot of them having a sand/gravel base. Unfortunately it was raining for most of the 4 hours on the trail. Early on it was only misting with lots of fog but it didn't take long to soak us. Some of the trail was sheltered with trees but more of the trail was open allowing the wind and rain to get to our bones. It is now 9pm and our shoes are ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 4th 2015

October 5,2015 A long day because of the rain. We did about 29 km and had to take cover several times because of the rain. The path was varied some shelter with trees which didn't help much due to the volumn of rain. We got to our destination only to find we past the hotel ( a treat we decided on because of the rain) and had to back track. It is raining again this morning so we are not anxious to do another day of 28 km but....... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 12th 2015

Today we went on a tour to Finisterre, the end, and the Atlantic Coast with Jesus (as in heysús) as our guide. He picked us up in a van at our hotel before picking up six others at another hotel. So the nine of us headed west out of Santiago for a full day of adventures. Our first stop was a wide river with a picturesque Roman bridge, a wide, short waterfall and old mill. Everything is lush and green, we were glad to have only gray skies, no rain. Our companions were from Kentucky (a mother and adult son who spoke passable Spanish) and four Spanish men. Luckily Jesus' English was very good and easy to understand. We also visited the Waterfall of Ezaro that is much higher and falls into the ocean. It is ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 11th 2015

The Productive Learning workshop officially wrapped up last night so today is a free day. We slept in till 8:00 when Gary got up to go to the official "office of pilgrims" to get his certificate of completion. To get the certificate a walker must collect evidence, in the form of decorative ink stamps at cafes and hotels along the way, of having walked 100 km. Bicyclists must show 200 km, and horse riders 300 km. (We were passed by many cyclists but did not see any horse riders till a group came into Santiago yesterday.) By getting to the office when it opens at 8:00 Gary hoped to avoid the long lines, which reportedly reach 2-3 hours long as new pilgrims arrive. Surprise, the office chose to open at 9:00 this morning only, so Gary ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 10th 2015

Today is the final day of the workshop part of our trip, beginning with a tour of the cathedral. The cathedral holds the bones said to be of James the apostle, miraculously discovered in 813, the whole reason for the Camino and the historic pilgrimage. The cathedral has been much modified over the centuries, starting as romanesque and containing Gothic and Baroque styles and more. Further there have been so many additions to the sides that most of the windows have been blocked. (There is plenty of artificial light.) The tour began in the museum and continued through the sanctuary, including a walk past the silver casket of James. There were those in the crypt who were very fervently (quietly) praying to the saint, We marveled at their spiritual dedication and gave them credit. We declined ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 9th 2015

We have arrived in Santiago, Gary covering the full 100 kilometers and Madalyn about 25 kilometers shy. Both of us have experienced a new height in blisters on our feet. Our bodies feel good if tired but we walk funny. The Camino was forested a good part of the way, we love walking in the woods. Of course, Santiago is a city that we'll get to explore tomorrow. We just got back from a fabulous dinner at our five star hotel and a concert on the cathedral square. All is well and we feel a great sense of accomplishment. We'll write more in the next day or so when we have some "spare" time which we are looking forward to eagerly.... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 9th 2015

Wed: Camino de Fisterra For my 6th now-annual 50+ miler, we embarked on a self-supported run!! First for both of us! There will be no medal for finishing but everlasting memory and epic journey for sure. I had been looking for an event for the fall so that V’s toe would have enough time to heal and ample time to train. None seemed enticing. Closest was a 100k run from Madrid to Segovia along one of the Camino de Santiago routes. It eventually shaped into the idea of running Camino de Fisterra in a day. It’s ~90km and supposedly well marked. We might be the odd ball on the route but it’ll be epic!! I did a lot of research on the route. After all, we’re the RD, crew, pacer and everything for each other. Nobody ... read more
This is what happened
At the start, 6am @ Praza do Obradoiro
At the start, 6am @ Praza do Obradoiro




Tot: 2.967s; Tpl: 0.04s; cc: 5; qc: 77; dbt: 0.0518s; 1; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 1; ; mem: 1.4mb