Where Did All The Pilgrims Come From??!!?

Saturday, July 7, 2021 With the Covid protocol in place, we only had room in our albergue last night for our group plus two other pilgrims we have met along the way – an Italian and a Czech. Super nice guys and we will probably see them along the way if not at our next…

Cows, Cows and More Cows!! (Vacas Grande)

Friday, July 6, 2021 Not sure how I missed the memo that we were not leaving today until 8 am, but I did. I thought launch time was 7:00 and since I was kind of awake at 6:15, I went ahead and did my normal “Get Out of Dodge” routine and scooped up my sleep…

Into The Mountains

August 5, 2021 The city of Ribadeo which we left from today, was founded by Fernando II in 1183 but taken by the French knight Pierre de Vaillanes and not fully integrated into the larger region until the 19th century. We had a view right out our window of “The house – Tower Sierra Pambley”,…

My Feet Hurt!

August 4, 2021 Today was a hard day, projected to be about 14 miles, but with a couple of group errors and some extra walking around in our destination town of Ribadeo, my Heart App recorded 19.1 miles by bedtime. We walked for 8 miles through corn fields and cow pastures. We virtually saw no…

The Road Less Traveled

August 3, 2021 Last night’s albergue was spacious and had a sunny courtyard replete with lawn chairs! And we actually ended up having five other pilgrims there, yet we got a large room to ourselves. Super nice people, of course (from Italy, The Netherlands & Madrid) but mostly, we have not seen very many pilgrims!…

Village to Village, Repeat!

August 2, 2021 So the whole location, location, location thing… The other end of that stick is we’re in a popular place for evening/early morning action being in an alley with several restaurants. We are also on the fifth floor with a window out to the roof where the seagulls like to hang out!! Somehow…

Walk to a Coastal town (?) – Sure!!

Sunday, August 1, 2021 Rounding our last descending hill into Luarca was unexpected, jaw dropping and sigh inducing!!!! The majestic beach lay before us with maritime activity and the lush green hillside was topped with a church surrounded by an ancient wall and dotted with homes of age and character! As we progressed into town,…

Day One of Camino Norte

Saturday, July 31 Our group easily made it up and out of the albergue by 6:15!! Brrrr – a little chillier than Madrid at 54° – but no rain! We walked back through town, had a group photo in the dusk and bade the Primitivo perigrinos farewell and Buen Camino. Our Norte route group continued…

Asturias

Friday, July 30, 2021 Today I walked the 110 steps down from our 5th floor Airbnb for the last time as we headed out at 8:15 for our 2 1/2 mile walk to the bus stop. We enjoyed most of the way through the shade of a beautiful park, which was wonderful since it was…

Making Memories in Madrid

Thursday, July 29, 2021 Day dawned early as I just could not sleep! I added a cool poem I ran across to our group chat and lo and behold, it exposed another non sleeper! Things get going slow in Spain so mostly we plotted and planned for a bit and ultimately three of us headed…