Lavacolla To Santiago de Compostela

Day 43

6.2 Miles, 10 K

Walked On June 4, 2022

Written On June 5, 2022

Vern Waiting For Me On Our Way To Santiago (Photos By Nancy)

While learning about the Camino de Santiago in 2008 it became clear that Santiago de Compostela, Spain was considered the primary “destination” of the Camino experience. As metaphysical as it may sound, the destination for me is wherever I meet myself. The Camino has a way of showing me what I had just spent my everyday life ignoring with success. The Camino is my opportunity to get quiet, get as real as I ever will, and look deep into what is not working for me. At the same time celebrate who I am, warts and all. This is only a personal assessment of Camino Walks.

More And More Pilgrims By The Minute!
A First Glimpse Of Santiago
An Awesome Statue And An Awesome Guy
This Same Photo Is In My 2014 Blog. It Is The Front Window Of A Veterinarian’s Office. We couldn’t Resist It Again!!
Nancy & Vern Arrived In Santiago!
Another View, Including A “Magic” Sky!
The Very Essence Of Santiago de Compostela Is Art
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
A Weary Pilgrim Enjoying A Much Needed Rest! (Photo By Vern)
10 Kilometers To Santiago de Compostela! (Photo Taken By Lisa)
Lisa Joining With Other “Pilgrims” On Her Way To Santiago! (Photo Taken By Rhonda)
Rhonda Entering Santiago de Compostela (Photo By Lisa)
Many Pilgrims Have Walked Hundreds Of Miles To Experience The Walk Into Santiago de Compostela, Spain! (This Photo And Several Others By Lisa)
Rhonda And Lisa arrived In Santiago de Compostela!!!
Awesome Photo By Rhonda!
One Of The Many Neighborhood Plazas In Santiago!
Pilgrims Arriving At The Cathedral Plaza
Pro Tip #13: UV Protective Hat.
Pro Tip #14: Waterproof Shoes.

A Note From Nancy: Our 2022 Camino Walk has “ended” but the experience will go on and be processed for a long time. This is the last posting of this specific blog.

I will post a daily photo or photos on Instagram until we arrive home later this month. Instagram: jaminmama

Sobrado dos Monxes To Arzúa

Day 41

13.6 Mi, 21.9 K. Nancy walked 7.6 Mi, 12.2 k

Walked On June 2, 2022

Written On June 3, 2022

On April 4th my Doctor gave me a cortisone shot for Tendonitis. He said it would give me pain relief for approximately two months. It stopped working 2 days ago.

The less relief, the more pain. Today my mileage is different from Vern’s because I stopped at a Bar and asked if they could call a Taxi. A Taxi was there within five minutes and I was on my way to Arzúa. I went to the Farmacia and bought a cream for Tendonitis and an oral medication. When I went to my room I fell asleep.

On The Way To Arzúa (Photos By Vern)
A Chapel On The Way To Arzúa
Beautiful Landscaped Property
Rustic Lawnmower
Lisa On Her Way (Photo By Rhonda)
Roman Milestone Found In Boimorto In 1981 (Photos By Lisa)
In Boimorto
Clever Planters
Arrived In Arzúa And Heard Buen Camino More Times Than We Had In Six Weeks!
Arzúa Camino Way Marker
Wisdom On Coffee Cup: “Why Not Today?”
Pro Tip 11: Always Have Some Toilet Paper In Your Pocket. Explanation Not Needed!

Lugo To Sobrado dos Monxes

Day 40

Written On June 1, 2022

Floor Plan And Description Of The Sobrado Monsstery
A View Of The Sobrado Monastery (Photo And Next One By Nancy)
An Entrance To The Monastery
A Church In Sobrado (Photo And Next Two By Vern)
A Portal To The Monastery
Modern Equipment In Ancient Surroundings
Lisa And Rhonda’s Tour Of Sobrado (This And Several Other Photos By Lisa)
Love The Satellite Dish On The Ancient Building!
Beautiful View Of The Monastery
Many Pilgrim’s Shoes Were Soaked In A Rain Storm Today
Pilgrims’ cloister within the monastery
Another Passage
The Interior Of The Monastery
Monastery Art
Angelic Painting
Early Impressionist?
Majestic Interior
Door to The Cloister of the Medaillons

The Cultural/Rest Time in Lugo is just what we all needed! We are refreshed and ready to go! Thank you to our followers for your support, encouragement and interest in our journey!

Pro Tip #10: Lightweight Trekking Poles/Hiking Sticks

For many of us Pilgrims the trekking poles literally allow us to walk to our destination. Many others do very well without them. For me, the poles have made all the difference. The poles help keep my balance going down steep rock filled trails. Going up hill I can position my poles to help pull me up little by little. I have heard that the movement of the arms in relation to the movement of the legs helps keep inflammation at a minimum.

Keep On Trekking!

Cultural And Rest Day In Lugo

Day 39

Written On May 31, 2022

Roman Walls Of Lugo (Photos By Nancy)

Roman Walls Of Lugo Made UNESCO’S World Heritage List In 2000. Please Learn More About The Most Intact Roman Walls In The World!

Lisa On The Roman Wall. Behind Her Is The Old City Inside The Wall
View Of The Cathedral Towers
View Of Vern Taking A Photo While I’m Taking His Photo
Art By Diego AS Graffitti
Head Statues In Lugo
A Great Look At The Wall In Relation To The Buildings (Photos By Vern)
One Of The Few Ways To Access The Wall
Another View Of The Wall
Lisa In Front Of The UNESCO Designation Marker
A Closer View Of The Marker
Inside Saint Mary’s Cathedral (Better known as Lugo Cathedral)
A Chapel Inside The Cathedral
Nancy And Vern On The Roman Wall (This Photo And Several Others By Lisa)
Lugo Cathedral
Beautiful Photo Of Lugo!
A Street Inside The Wall
Inside The Cathedral
Sacred Tribute And Art
Lugo Art Work!
Impressive Fountain!
A Great Example Of Lisa’s Talent For Finding Unique And Memorable Photos!
A Port Through The Wall
Thriumphal Arch Sculpture
Pro Tip #9: This tip comes from Rhonda and Lisa who successfully dried their hand washed clothes with a hair dryer. Good job!

Villalba To Baamonde To Lugo

Day 38

12.9 Miles, 20.8K

Walked On May 30th, Written On May 31, 2022.

Classic Spain On The Way To Baamonde
Fun Yard On The Way
A Stork Nest

Vern and I have been watching for stork nests since we started walking on April 23rd. Lisa saw one the other day. Today we saw one. From our first Camino in 2009 Vern and I have loved seeing the nests! Now that we are walking in Galicia I am sure we will see more of them.

Rock Path To An Ancient Bridge
Ancient Doorway Miracle! (Photos By Lisa)
A Magical Looking Pathway

Compared to more recent walks today’s was enjoyable, beautiful and a walk with moderate ups and downs.

A Camino Tribute And WayMarker
An Ancient Bridge
Another View
Acknowledgement Of Pilgrims Or Scarecrows?
No Day Without A Chapel

Today we planned the walk to Baamonde and then made our way to Lugo for a much needed rest day with the help of local transport.

Pro Tip #8: Aquarius “Sports Drink”. When we started walking different Caminos I carried added weight in the form of supplements and “muscle recovery” products. Sitting down in a bar and having an Aquarius Lemon or Lime takes the place of added weight and is a lot more refreshing!

Tapia de Casariego To Ribadeo

Day 33

8.9 Miles, 14.3 K

Walked & Written On May 25, 2022

A Church In Tapia And It Is Open!! (This Photo & The Next Few By Nancy)
Leaving Tapia With An Ocean View
Can’t Sneak Up On Me!
Playa de Penarronda
Popular Surf Spot ⬆️
Water Tower On The Way To Ribadeo
Port Of Ribadeo (Photo By Vern)
Nancy On The way To Ribadeo (Photo By Vern)
Rhonda With Lourdes Who Left Madrid And The “Hamster Wheel”, Lourdes Found A Happy Life In Ribadeo. (This Photo & The Next Few By Lisa)
Chapel Above. A Surf Spot
Nancy & Vern On The Way To Ribadeo
Rhonda Leaving The Penarronda Surf Spot
I Thought We Were Walking
Wisdom In A Bar
Simply Beautiful (This Photo And A Few More By Rhonda)
Flower With A Visitor
Good Job Lisa!!
Otto, Where Is Your Motorcycle?
Camino Art Work!

In yesterday’s posting, Navia to Tapia de Casariego, I started what I am calling Pro Tips. A Camino pro tip is something that we have discovered that gives us comfort or find very useful. Pro Tip #1 yesterday was: How to dry socks and shoes. Pro Tip #2 was: Start your day with your favorite beverage.

Pro Tip #3: Order Your Favorite Food. My Favorite Food In Spain Is Pimientos de Padrón!

Navia To Tapia de Casariego

Day 32

13.4 Miles, 21.6 K

Written & Walked On May 24, 2022

Pro Tip 1: Great Way To Dry Shoes And Socks At The Same Time!
A Statue On The Way Out Of Navia
Most Of The Way Today was Roads.
Camino Water Fountain. (This photo and the next few taken by Lisa)
Beautiful Sitting Area!
Creative Pot Planting.
Vern, Nancy & Rhonda On The Way To Tapia
Way Markers For The French Way & The Camino de Santiago
Near Tapia de Casariego
Camino Team 2022! (Lisa, Vern, Nancy & Rhonda)
Pro Tip 2: This Is How Lisa & Vern Start Their Day! Rhonda Chooses Tea And I Choose Decaf. (This photo and the next few by Rhonda).
We Had To Cross The Tracks Today.
Daily Lisa Surrounded By Flowers Photo!
Not Far From Tapia!

Vern and I want to thank Rhonda and Lisa for all of their hard work and hours put into finding our next beds! It is not an easy task and they do a great job!

Salinas To Muros de Nalón

Day 27

12.1 Miles, 19.5 K

Walked & Written On May 19, 2022

Lisa “Riding A Wave” In Salinas! (Photo by Rhonda)
Nancy & Vern’s First Selfie On The Way To Muros de Nalón
Interesting Mural On A Building On The Way (Photo And The Next Several Photos By Rhonda)
Way Markers Come In Many Forms
Rhonda Always On The Lookout For Beauty!
Beauty In Many Forms
Can We Eat These Lisa?
American Pop Culture In Spain
Not Far From Muros de Nalón (Photo By Vern)
Camino Marker In The Sky (This Photo And The Next Few By Lisa)
A Sacred Space
Art On A Roof Tile
Beautiful Pond
All Signs Lead To Santiago!

Today we walked many miles without a Bar for coffee and orange juice or even a Kool-Aid Stand, we walked and walked and finally found a cafe. We all kept walking until we got to our Lodging. We signed up for dinner when we checked in. We were told that dinner would be served at 8:30 pm unless we need to have it earlier. We asked for a 7 pm dinner. By the time we went downstairs for dinner we were hungry! We were the only people in the restaurant and the food was prepared by a very talented Chef. We all seemed to have gotten food that we loved!! A great meal experience and time together.

Gijón To Salinas

Day 26

6.8 Miles, 10.9 K

Walked & Written On May 18, 2022

Storage Hut At Alamar Salinas Surf House, Salinas, Spain
The Backyard At The Surf School
Metal Sculpture Near Salinas Beach
Nicholas Of Alamar Surf House and Rhonda (This Photo And The Next Photos Taken By Lisa)
Rhonda At La Luna Beach Cafe
Andy Irons

Philip Andrew Irons was an American professional surfer. Irons began surfing with his brother Bruce on the shallow and dangerous waves of Kauai, Hawaii, before being spotted by a local surfboard brand and flown to North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, to compete and develop his skill.

Lighthouse In The Distance At Salinas Beach
“Buen Camino“, the Pilgrim Greeting Heard Many Times Per Day
Wow, Rhonda At The End Of The World?

Today we chose to walk fewer miles/kilometers. Lisa and Rhonda walked the Coastal Route. Vern and I walked the Camino Route. We met at our Lodging in Salinas. We are in what I would call a laid back, casual Surf House. David and Nicholas helped us to our rooms and let us know where to find them. We have a partial view of the ocean. It is beautiful here.

Ribadesella To Colunga

Day 22

8.7 Miles, 14.0 K

Walked & Written On 5/14/22

Vern Checking Out Cities, Towns And Villages On A Fence
1 of 7 Paintings On A Home On The Way

2 of 7 Paintings On A Home On The Way

3 of 7 Paintings On A Home On The Way
4 of 7 Paintings On A Home On The Way
5 of 7 Paintings On A Home On The Way
6 of 7 Paintings On A Home On The Way
7 of 7 Paintings On A Home On The Way
A Painting On A Wall On The Way Out Of The Village
Animal Therapy For Vern. (This photo and following photos by Lisa).
Rhonda Just Before A Climb Out Of The Village
Lots And Lots Of Mud Today
Definitely A Cross Roads
Great Art Work In This Part Of Spain
An Unique Way Marker
A Fixer Upper

Today there was a lot to look at and enjoy: the art work, the coast, the hills, the animals and many more Pilgrims. After many miles of walking on the road we decided to take a bus for a couple of miles to our destination. We were ready!