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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bercianos Real Camino To Puente Vilarente

Day Thirty Seven. 34.6 K., 21.5 Mi. (my pedometer).

Written on June 5, 2014.

The walk today had many benches, some shade and Pilgrim rest stops. There were long stretches in between bars and cafés.

A house built into the hillside.

A statue of St. James on the way into Reliegos.

The wall around Mansilla De Las Mulas.

I noticed today that I had to remind myself to look up. We knew at the beginning of the walk today that we would be walking many miles. I tend to keep my head down, mainly not to trip on rocks. When I do look up I am amazed at the beauty of the sky, landscape, and spring flowers.

 

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.