Two 25 km days in a row so today will be a short 22.8 km from Ribadiso to Pedrouzo. I decided not to take any chances with accommodation nor with my feet/knees so I booked Porta de Santiago albergue and shipped my bag ahead. There are benefits to shipping your bag ahead. You only take … More Pedrouzo, where are you?
Looking out the window and all I could see was fog. Katerin and Charlotte (roomies) decided it best we leave together. One quick stop at the ATM and off we went into the dark. I spotted Sophie at the last albergue as we were leaving town. I checked in with her to see how she … More Zombies are coming!
I was walking up the street thinking that I am so close to my goal. If you had asked me if I would have made it on day one after that horrible climb to Orisson, I would have told you, no way! I had bit off more than I could chew. My knees don’t bend, … More Mice Houses
We are now officially in Galicia and if you ever get a chance to see this part of soon, please do! It is so green, and beautiful. Ivy covers trees and walls and the light shines beautifully through. John taught me the Japanese word for sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees “komorebi”. It’s … More Sarria
The view from O’Cebreiro is gorgeous. It reminded me of Switzerland with its lovely green hills, dotted with villages. Today would be another climb, and let’s face it, after you have conquered O’Cebreiro, the rest should be easy. I feel good today and head to the restaurant for a coffee and something for my empty … More O’Cebreiro to Oh No!
Life can’t always be rainbows and puppies although I would love to live in that world if only for the puppies. 😉 I stayed in a private room in La Portela which was fine except for the rain, and thunder and lightening and lack of food. Once I checked in, I heard a happy voice … More La Portela > O Cebreiro
It seems the Camino likes to test you early with a hill when you leave, and that is exactly what Ponferrada did. I slept quite well last night and so my Camino legs were ready for the day. My poles were moving with a boing-boing-boing as the rubber tips bounced off the asphalt. The skies … More Cacabelos (Cabbage or Beautiful Poo)
Leaving Rabanal was difficult for me. I loved the feel of this village and its people but today will be a milestone – Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross). It is such a beautiful day and today I will ceremoniously release the rocks I’ve been carrying since the beginning to represent burdens I have been carrying. … More Cruz de Ferro > Acebo > Ponferrada
I had planned to stay in Astorga for another day but you get into the routine and it is hard to change so I got up early and headed out. I walked past the Plaza Mayor and Gaudi’s Palencia and is it beautiful in the morning light. There was a cool church with the map to … More Rabanal
The evening in Hospital de Óbrigo was an emotional one. I’m not sure if it was the peacefulness of the albergue or the fact I was alone and in pain but the hospitalera was so kind and listened while I jabbered on about mom and life in general. She was good at her job. Hospitaleros train … More Astorga – Shoulda listened to my body