Coming Into The Home Stretch!

Thursday, April 18 Today we walked from A Laxe to Bandeira, 17.1 km, 10.6 miles and stayed in the government albergue. Today was s Delightful day! We heard the rain pounding on the roof ALL NIGHT, yet try to the forecast, it stopped at 5:00 a.m. so that our 7:15 departure was a dry one….

Get Up And Do It Again

Wednesday, April 17 Today we walked from Monasterio de Oseira to A Laxe, 29 km, 18 miles. We set out to walk 12 yet, it didn’t work out that way and tomorrow we will have less!! Several have injuries though and general fatigue has set in. Our group tries to stay together as a general…

It’s Been A Hard Day’s Night

Tuesday, April 16 Ourense to Monasterio de Oseira, 30.8 km, 19.1 miles. Alarms off at 5:45!!! We walked a mile to the rail station and had breakfast. Then we proceeded to encounter and conquer a KILLER HILL – steep, steep, steep and at least a mile plus!!!! All of our previous incredibly crazy elevation gain…

We Are (a bigger) Family!

Monday, April 15 Xunquiera de Ambia to Ourense, 23 km, 14.3 miles. Even though we knew we had a short day, we were still out the door by 7:00. Unfortunately it took us forty-five minutes to figure our way out of town… There is never a day without hills though today was mostly flat –…

A Change in Tempo

Sunday, April 14 Laza to Xunquiera de Ambia, 32.7 km, 20.3 miles, stay Albergue de Peregrinos de Xunquiera de Ambia.   Being on another route means no more Alma from Mexico – who became part of our family until she stepped up her game with “super fast Spanish dude”, (though we still saw her often)….

Shall We Try Another “Way”?

Saturday April 13, 2019 Si, si, si!  Today we walked to a bus station a mile from our albergue, took a bus to the Bilbao airport and traveled by rental car 5 1/2 hours to Laza.  Now we are on the Camino Sanabras for a couple of days until we reach Ourense, where we will…

Slip Sliding Away

Thursday and Friday, April 11 & 12, 2019 (6th & 7th day’s of walking) Thursday morning we stayed for breakfast at the Monastery with our kindly hospitalier serving us white bread toast with jam (Breakfast of Champions – NOT!)!  We then walked out  from Markina-Xemein at about 7:30 – along highway and river, through pastures and…

Norté Forté

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Day 4 of walking Today’s morning was glorious!! We had a beautiful, several mile stroll along the beach promenade as a brilliant sun rose over the horizon. At one point we had to climb over the walkway barricade to go around some construction and then climb back over! In the meantime…

Oh The Rain

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Day 5 of walking Thankfully we tiptoed out of our albergue at 6:30 a.m., had a quick breakfast across the square and were able to get two hours in before the rain started.  We had a higher elevation gain than yesterday and it was another grueling day.  The rain was mild…

Vistas

Monday, April 7 Today we walked from  San Sebastián to Zarautz, through Barrio Igeldo and the cute port town of Orio, 20.4 km, (12.67 miles). The vistas were phenomenal, though we did get rained on parts of the day. “Orio has long been an important pilgrimage stop; Ferdinand and Isabella declared in 1484 that pilgrims…