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!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Carrion de los Condes To Terradillos de los Templarios

Day Thirty Five. 27.8 K., 17.3 Mi. (my pedometer).

Written on June 3, 2014.

We stayed at Hostal Santiago in Carrion de los Condes. It was a beautiful room and we received great service! In the morning as we were leaving we noticed that the way out was through the bar and not through the gate. If you love your coffee in the morning like Vern and Angel this works well.

Today we are walking on the Calzada Romana, also known as the Calzada de los Peregrinos.

Most of the walk today is on the Calzada Romana.

From the first moment we started walking on April 30th Angel has been helping people from all over the world. She will observe something out of place or that needs adjustment on their backpacks. She is good about sensing whether the time or place is appropriate to approach the Pilgrim. She has helped many people! Today she received a kiss for her efforts.

Angel checking the adjustments to a Pilgrim's backpack.

Yesterday I heard someone walking away from Angel saying very loudly, “perfect, perfect”!

Today Chris asked me if I had seen the couple on bicycles who just got married. My first thought was, “this is pretty cool, people know that I'm writing a blog and now are giving me tips”!

Newlyweds' bicycles.

The newly weds, Jesus and Natalia, as they rode by me.

My favorite waymarker on the Camino!

 

Fromista To Carrion de los Condes

Day Thirty Four. 21.1 K., 13.1 Mi.

Written on June 2, 2014.

We turned around just in time to see the first glimpse of the sunrise.

Sunrise over Fromista.

Vern at the first bar to have coffee.

Stork with babies on top of a church.

At the last break of the day Vern went inside the bar to order an orange juice. Angel overheard the Señora correcting his Spanish pronunciation of orange.

The bar provides lodging, food, drinks and Spanish lessons:)

Vern wearing his “bug hat”. Wish I had mine!

 

Castrojeriz To Fromista

Day Thirty Three. 27.0 K., 16.8 Mi. *(My pedometer).

Written on June 1, 2014.

*A note: when I show mileage with (my pedometer) following it is because I have noticed changes to the Camino that are not listed in my guide book. I trust the mileage on my pedometer more than the mileage listed in the guide book.

This morning we go up, up, and further up to Alto de Mostelares. For those of us who have to take it slow and easy it is a great time to insert headphones into our ears. I am not beyond letting music help me in certain situations. The first song that came up: “It's A Long Way To The Top If You Want to Rock'n Roll” by Lucinda Williams!

Directly above Vern and Angel is the path to Alto de Montelares.

The view from the top of Alto de Mostelares.
Angel and I before we make the long descent into the valley.

Volunteers at a Pilgrim rest…fruit, coffee, etc., for a donation!

Vern on Puente de Itero.

Puente de Itero is a Romanesque structure that has eleven arches. The Rio Pisuerga provided the natural boundary between Castilla and Leon.

Canal de Castilla.

We walked many miles into Fromista today along the canal.

 

Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz

Day Thirty Two. 22.4 K., 13.9 Mi.

Written on May 31, 2014.

It's early morning and the trail winds it's way up a hill. When I get to the top I like to look behind me. Some of the greatest photos I have taken are of where I have been.

Theos, Francois, and Angel not far behind me.

Vern and I know of a place in the Meseta between Hornillos del Camino and Castrojeriz. It is a municipal Albergue, San Bol, that has had the reputation of being a hippie Albergue. We are fascinated by the claims of magic water. In our guide book it says, “the waters from the well are said to have healing properties and to cure aching feet”.

Sign and marker for San Bol.

Angel and I are walking together. Vern had said that he was going to stop in San Bol so we walk 100 meters off the Camino to see if he is still there.

Just in time to see Vern put his feet in the water.

Angel doesn't have to say anything. Her face shows how cold the water is!

I take a moment of mental preparation so that I am able to keep my feet in the water.

We go inside the Albergue to get warm and have breakfast that they are now serving.

Today is the first time that I see the Pilgrim dog. He is carrying his own pack. At a break in Hontanas he was even playing with a ball.

A pilgrim and his dog.

San Anton, ancient monastery. A road goes through the ruins.

There is an operational private Albergue here.

Lots of flowers on the path today.

 

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!