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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

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 7th 2015

Mon: 3-leg fight to Santiago The trip really started on Sunday morning at 1am when I woke up to beat jetlag. We made it on 4am shuttle to SFO no problem. Shuttle was surprisingly full. First leg to DC was a success with decent sleep. 2hr break with Au Bon Pain sandwich, a fruit cup and a pretzel. 7-hr second leg will be to Madrid, I caught up with a few movies (Wild and Cinderella) and I closed my eyes. Hola Madrid otra vez! We had good 3hrs until the third leg. I made it a point to stay hydrated but was still thirsty. It called for a reunion with a bottle Aquarius. Finally at 1pm, we arrived at Santiago airport. The line for a bus to the city center was really long but we made ... read more
Praza do Obradoiro
A Tulla
Pulpo a Feira!!!

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela July 27th 2015

Saturday (6/27/15). Woke up and went for a walk around Santiago. Ran into 2 of the German riders we met leaving Burgos. They were sitting on a park bench near our hotel. We shook hands and wished them a safe travel home. Back at the hotel we packed our panniers. Our flight leaves at 2:30, catching a city bus at 12:00 pm to the airport. Luckily we found a bike shop on Thursday, Velocipede, they are going to pack and ship our bikes home for $160 euros each. Cheaper than flying them with us and a lot less hassle. Each of us has 2 large panniers so we are going to check one and carry one on the plane with us. On the city bus there are many pilgrims heading to the airport. Listening to there ... read more
Park in Santiago
Tarta de Santiago
Our apartment in Barcelona

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela July 15th 2015

Spain, 2 weeks of discovery: First Week: Barcelona and San Sebastian: Barcelona: Gaudy with his incredible architecture, seen in the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, a church which has such a high attention to detail, that even with modern building techniques has taken over 125 years to build to the point where it is today and still has another 12 years to go.... and when we visited we saw scores of workers all over the towers with cranes and scaffolding working away, stone by stone detail by detail. And of course , the houses he built for local Barcelona citizens, like "La Pedrera" as well as several castles which we saw across Spain. Dali and his craziness which we witnessed in his Museum designed and built by himself in Figures, anchored by the Mae West room a person ... read more
Sagrada Familia
S. F. Architect Work-room
S.F. inside

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela June 27th 2015

Today is our last day of riding. We had a great night sleep. Woke up to cloudy weather. Headed out following the pathway. It begin to climb just outside of town. There are quite a few large groups on the path. At 2.5 miles we stop and eat breakfast. I am feeling little anxious. We have a short ride but expect it take extra time riding the trail. After breakfast the trail climbs. Seriously, Spain is not flat!!! I had to walk because I thought my breakfast might come up. Got to a spot were it leveled off. Back in the bike. Traveling through small town after small town. Some of the climbs I am being encouraged with words of "animal"! I guess they are impressed with my climbing skills. After 14 days of riding, I ... read more
The Cathedral
At the finish

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela April 18th 2015

When thinking of Spain lots of people do not think of forests, wooded hills, mountains and GREEN spaces.... but Galicia has this in abundance. And why is it so green - well of course the rainclouds travel across the Atlantic and on meeting that North West corner of Spain let go the rain. And being close to the Atlantic coast there is also quite a bit of fog and this was the situation when we flew into Santiago and drove down to the little town of Salvaterra on the River Minho , right on the northern border of Portugal. This place was my lovely daughter-in-law Anabel's homeland and this was my first visit there to meet her extended family. We had taken a flight with Ryanair from Stansted at a reasonable hour and many thanks to ... read more
Salvaterra (3)
A Guarda  (34)
A Guarda  (36)

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 28th 2014

Today was a bus trip to the Costa da Morte, the Coast of Death. One theory for this name is that it was thought to be the end of the world. People thought the sun was gone in the west each day and was reborn in the east the next morning. Columbus found the world to be round and that theory was debunked. Fortunately for us our bus pickup point was around the corner at the Plaza da Galicia, so after some breakfast we joined about another 12 people on the queue. Our bus was a large luxury vehicle so this was definitely easier than walking. Our guide was a young Spanish woman and after checking us on, we headed to our first destination, Negrario . This is a small roman hamlet about 15 minutes from ... read more
Roman Bridge, Negrerio
A powerful image.

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 27th 2014

Today we slept in until 9am, tidied the room up for the cleaners (why do people do that?), and went to the bar three doors up for a croissant and coffee for breakfast. Great coffee and a very traditional style of establishment. It was busy and, with only two staff, it was great to watch them work with such efficiency; been doing this for a long time I think. After breakfast we went to check out where you had to go in the cathedral for the midday pilgrims mass. We knew we would meet many friends we made along the Way, as regardless of religion or whether you were even religious, most people attended this. The word had also passed around the Camino community that the Botafumeiro was to be used and most people would want ... read more
Santiago Cathedral
Finer detail, amazing.
The path of the Botafumeiro . It swings up near the ceiling to and fro through this section.

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 25th 2014

Today is our last day of walking and I layed in bed, before anyone was awake, and pondered one of life's big mysteries; how does an Australian iPhone know what time it is, and even deeper, when to change for Spanish daylight saving to start? That's about how complex my thought processes have evolved to since starting to walk 33 days ago. I usually don't know what the date is or what day of the week it is. Really! This blog has helped me keep track of time. When your daily routine is reduced to eating, sleeping and walking you really lose track of other aspects of life. I think that's why some of the people you meet and then bump into for the next month become an important part of your life. You all have ... read more
Sue trying to push a wall over.
O Pino on a Sunday.
San Marcos church on the outskirts of Santiago

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 24th 2014

We are now in A Rua at the hotel, O Pino. It's 3.30pm and today was a pretty easy walk. We didn't get out of bed until 7.00am and went to the bar for breakfast at about 8am. Today's walk is only about 20 kms and from all accounts on good paths, passing through well shaded forests. After breakfast we started with a long steep climb out of Ribadaso until it levelled out into a village. It was a day of walking with old acquaintances and chatting about the end of our journey and what is to follow. I walked with a young Spanish girl for an hour and was educated on the current state of Spain, where she was from (Madrid), and was asked pretty general questions about Australia and aspects of our lives that ... read more
Gorillas In The Mist?..........No, cows.
Looking back.

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