Lavacolla To Santiago de Compostela

Day Fifty Three. 9.5 K., 6 Mi.

Written on June 21, 2014.

Today is special in so many ways. Yes, we have walked into Santiago de Compostela before this day. Vern and I are now walking in with our daughter who has been with us since April 30th when we first started walking from Porto, Portugal. We have witnessed many transformations in ourselves and in others.
We were walking in at a steady pace when a Pilgrim from South Korea stopped us to let us know that he remembered us from 2012. At that time he had walked with his son, now he walked with his wife. This moment was one of the “treasures” of the Camino for us.
Gregorio, Teresa, Vern, and Nancy.
Vern took a moment to have some fun.
Nancy, Angel, and Vern in front of the Cathedral.
Since 2008 I have explored as many forums, blogs, and Camino websites as I could find. The Camino de Santiago Forum, admin, Ivar Rekve has provided a format for Pilgrims and “soon to be Pilgrims” to obtain inspiration and valuable information regarding many subjects that pertain to the Camino. Ivar also offers a Pilgrim storage service in Santiago. On April 29th Vern, Angel, and I mailed two boxes from Porto, Portugal to Ivar. He emailed me to let me know that he received the boxes. There is a charge for this service. The post office, however, will not store for the length of time that we needed. Check out the Forum and storage information: http://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/
Ivar And Nancy.
Today I saw something that I tried to capture the best I could with a photo. I saw the boots right after a heavy rain….but I knew what I must do.
This photo was taken laying on the ground.

Many bicyclists lined up for their Compostelas.

We saw Dane Johansen's film crew on our way into Santiago. They said that he would be playing inside the Cathedral at 4:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to enjoy his music one more time. The “alcove” where he played was filled to capacity. His father had flown in from Anchorage. It was clear that Dane was filled with emotion.

A Pilgrim who translated for Dane many times and Dane.

Bagpipe music defines, for me, the completion of the Camino. Please check out this short video of what welcomes you into Santiago on the Camino Frances: http://youtu.be/5K8S-vN7gxc

Everyday on the Camino, or not, I am looking for opportunities to have fun. This video shows groups of Pilgrims celebrating and having fun in front of the Cathedral: http://youtu.be/-o4JPAhbGg

Please view and share this wonderful video created by Koala Enarmagnac with his original song/music.

http://youtu.be/o0Pg1FQjH5U

Thank you for reading this blog, sharing it with your friends, your comments, and support!!! Looking for interesting photos, taking the photos, and preparing the stories in my mind helped me during those moments when my body was struggling with one more hill or while trying to stay cool in the middle of a hot day. You are, and have been very much a part of our Camino. Buen Camino!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salceda To Lavacolla

Day Fifty Two. 20.3 K., 12.6 Mi.

Written on June 20, 2014.

We are a day closer to Santiago de Compostela! We have chosen to spend the night in Lavacolla so that we will have a short walk into Santiago in the morning. Much of the walk today was through eucalyptus groves.

A creative bench in a grove.

A tractor and a “trailer” on the Camimo.

Vern, Angel, and I love to see furry friends. Today I saw a beautiful Cocker.

A Cocker with a mission.

As I made my way down a mountain and finally made it to level ground I saw a beautiful waymarker. I was ready to take a photo when a Pilgrim motioned to me that he would take the photo of me and the waymarker.

Thanks to the Pilgrim from France for taking this photo.

 

Melide To Salceda

Day Fifty One. 28.6 K., 17.8 Mi.

Written on June 19, 2014.

I am fascinated by Horreos. I would like to have one in front of my home! Here is a link for more information: http://sheilacampbell.com/horreos-of-galicia/ from the website: sheilacampbell.com.

A beautiful Horreo, pronounced = Oreo.

An old waymarker.

Sometimes I feel like I should look around and see what is behind me. Some of my best photos are a result of this “feeling”.

A Father, two sons from Germany, and a Pilgrim friend.

A Memorial for a Pilgrim on the way to Salceda.

The daily livestock commute.

 

 

 

 

 

Palas de Rei To Melide

Day Fifty. 16.6 K., 10.3 Mi.

Written on June 18, 2014.

While I walk I look for something, anything, that I haven’t seen before on this Camino.

A large shell in a backyard on the Camino.

A waymarker made out of shells on a home.

Angel and I were leaving a cafe after having a much needed break. She told me about a young woman from Denmark who is walking with her Mother and Grandmother. I told Angel that I will be looking for the three women when they pass me.

Three generations from Denmark!

Pilgrims are use to moving for cars, bicycles, cows, sheep, motorcycles, and tractors.

Today Angel moved for a semi-truck on the Camino!

Angel and Vern under an arch in Melide.

Today when Angel was checking into the Albergue the woman pointed at her birthday. It was the same day and year as Angel’s!

Angel and Maria, the same age!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarria To Ferrerios

Day Forty Seven. 13.6 K., 8.4 Mi.

Written on June 15, 2014.

Vern and Angel were ahead of me and I knew that we would meet at the first bar they came to. As I was walking I heard people yelling “California, California”!!!

I am use to hearing bicyclists yelling so I didn't pay much attention. Soon I was being hugged by Fabian from Germany….close behind him was his good friend, Alex from New York. It was so good to see them and I knew Vern and Angel would love to see them, too.

Nancy, Vern, Angel, Alex, and Fabian.

We continued walking. I wasn't sure if the 100K marker was before the Albergue in Ferrerios or not. Soon we found it. The importance of the 100K marker is that if you walk from here you can receive a Compostela in Santiago.

Nancy and Vern at the 100K marker.

A bridge on the way to Ferrerios.

 

Astorga To Rabanal del Camino

Day Forty Three. 21.4 K., 13.3 Mi.

Written on June 11, 2014.

Many Pilgrims that we know are leaving Astorga around the same time.

Dane walking with his cello.

Dane and a few of the crew members.

Angel, Vern, and I have all had opportunities to talk with Dane over the last couple of weeks. We have learned that the documentary that is currently being filmed of Dane walking during the day and playing the cello in the evening has been six years in the planning stage.

New today: I saw a “Pilgrim” with a skateboard! This is a first for me. At one of our breaks I heard a noise I don't normally hear on the Camino. I looked up just in time to see the skater.

“Pilgrim” skater on the Camino.

First, also today: a rainbow Camino marker!

One of my favorite places on the Camino to take a break:

The Cowbaoy Bar in El Ganso.

 

Puente Vilarente To Leon

Day Thirty Eight., 14,3 K., 8.9 Mi. (my pedometer).

Written on June 6, 2014.

We planned on a “short” day of walking today so that we could have more time in Leon, a large city, where many Pilgrims gather. On the way in I saw Amalia. I met Amalia several days ago when I was walking. We spent some time talking and walking together. I was grateful to see her today.

Nancy and Amalia.

There are many ways to keep Pilgrims off of busy roads.

Vern walking on a pedestrian overpass on the way to Leon.

As we were crossing the road into Leon I saw what seemed to be a checkpoint. As we walked closer it was a Pilgrim greeting station. The greeters were the Guardia de Civil, (police). They were offering a sello, (stamp), and a map.

A Pilgrim, Vern, and the greeters.

Not far behind us in line was a Mom and four children from New Zealand. I spoke with her for a few minutes. Her and her children are walking for charity. Check out their blog: http://charitywalking.wordpress.com/

The Mom, third from left, and her four children.

The back of the Mom’s backpack.

When we entered Leon we walked into a festival!

Musicians in Leon.

A parade of donkeys in Leon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terradillos de los Templarios To Bercianos Real Camino

Day Thirty Six. 25.1 K., 15.6 Mi., (my pedometer).

Written on June 4, 2014.

Not long after we left Terradillos there was a small Labyrinth on the side of the trail. A great way to start a day of walking…walking a Labyrinth. I was focused on saying mantras and being grateful for all of my experiences. Thanks to anyone and everyone who created the Labyrinth.

After our first break Vern walked ahead to Sahagun. While I was walking two women were passing me. I greeted them and noticed that one of them had a very cool band on her hat. I complimented her hat and they both proceeded to tell me what they were doing and why they were walking.

Sidney and Izabela walking for children in Africa.

A placard on the back of each woman's backpack.

To find out more: “like” and follow them at: Facebook.com/walkforhopeofchildren. Also, more info at: clotheavillagenow.com.

A bridge on the way to Sahagun.

Today Angel left Terradillos after us, passed us, and arrived in Bercianos with plenty of time to settle in to the Albergue Santa Clara and get acquainted with more Pilgrims.

A card “magic” trick performed by Ruben. Angel, where is the 9 of hearts?

A sign at a bar in Bercianos.

 

Burgos To Hornillos del Camino

Day Thirty One. 19.5 K., 12.1 Mi.

Written on May 30, 2014.

The walk out of Burgos is like an art walk, much like the city itself is.

A sculpture near the University.

A fountain on the way out of town.

Pilgrim creativity!

Pilgrims have told me that their guidebooks suggest that they take a bus and avoid the Meseta, (high plains). I love the vastness and solitude of this beautiful area.

Welcome to the Meseta!

On May 20th I had first mentioned Theos, the donkey and Francois. We had first seen Theos when he was crossing the bridge in Puente La Reina. Today I was grateful to see this beautiful animal in the Meseta!

Theos at a Pilgrim rest stop.

Chris and Ursula from South Africa walking backwards down the hill!
 
 

 

Day Off In Burgos

Day Thirty.

Written on May 29, 2014.

A great day to sleep in, go have coffee, and take care of errands. One of the most important things to do today is have my clothes washed in a machine. Since April 30th I have washed my clothes by hand. I found a dry cleaners who would wash them in a machine and not dry them. Two years ago on the Camino I had my clothes washed and dried…they shrunk. Now it's time to go explore.

Nancy, Vern, and Jim with one of our favorite sculptures.

Today we saw many Pilgrims that we know in Burgos. It was fun getting together without being tired after walking all day.

We found a sporting goods store and bought Vern a pair of sandals. I went to the library and printed boarding passes to be used at the end of June. As we were walking around Burgos we kept seeing more Pilgrims and started making dinner plans. When we did start to gather to make our way to a place to eat I noticed that another group was forming close by. I heard someone say that they were going to Dane's concert. Dane had walked by me several days ago with a cello on his back. I had been wanting to see him play. This was the perfect opportunity. I told Vern and who could hear that I was going to the concert and took off to follow the people who knew where they were going.

The line for Dane's concert in front of Monasterios de Huelgas.
Dane and I after his cello performance.
For more information about Dane, the Pilgrim cellist, go to walktofisterra.com.