Ponferrada To Sarria

Day Forty Six. *108.3 K., 67.2 Mi.

Written on June 14, 2014.

*If you are reading this and have walked the Camino Frances you know that it is more than a one day walk from Ponferrada to Sarria. If you have not walked it, common sense would alert you to the fact that we did not walk 67.2 miles in one day. While we were in Astorga we discussed some of the ways that we could shorten our walking days in order to spend more time together. Days off and short walking days due to illness has left us with many miles left to Santiago causing us to walk more miles per day than is good for us at this time.

Today we took a bus from Ponferrada to Lugo, then transferred to Sarria.

We explored Ponferrada while we were waiting to leave.

A mural close to the castle.

Lunch at a Tex-Mex Restaurant in Ponferrada!

Bicycles to the left, walkers to the right!

The Castle in Ponferrada.

View from the Albergue in Sarria.


Villalcazar de Sirga to Terradillos de Templarios

Day Sixty. 20.5 Miles, 33.1 Kilometers. Total Miles Walked to Date: 722.8, Total Kilometers: 1,162.1.

Written on June 18, 2012.

We didn’t realize it last night, but on the way to our room we saw the group of young people from Pennsylvania in Villalcazar de Sirga. We had been hearing about this group for many days. The story is that they had arrived in Spain with very limited funds and are making their way to Santiago by earning money performing. They are said to be juggling and playing music. Everyone who has seen them say they are very good. I saw many young people go by on bicycles on our way to Terradillos de Templarios. I realized that these bicyclists do not have any kind of matching outfits or tight pants. They are not colorful and seem to be very tired. I asked one of them as they rode by if they were from Pennsylvania and they said, “yes”. I yelled back, “Please put it on YouTube so we can see your “act”! This is another great example of the communication and information that is given and received on the Camino.

A mural on a church in Carrion De Los Condes.

We are passing through Carrion De Los Condes. We walk in with Julah from Hungary and see Orla from Ireland in front of a cafe. It is time for Vern’s coffee so we sit for a few minutes and then prepare to move on.

Fuente Del Hospitalejo.

A few hours of walking have gone by in the Plains. The weather is overcast and perfect for walking in an area with little shade. We notice that there is a van in the distance ahead and Pilgrims are gathered around it. There are picnic tables and a lot of shade!

Mairead, (standing) with the group from France.

Not far from Hospitalejo we saw Orla and Mairead. They are at the rest area with a group of four from France. Mairead tells the group that she has the lyrics to Ultreia, a Pilgrim song. Before I knew what was going on they started singing…I quickly took the video shown above.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado

Day Fifty Three. 15.1 Miles. 24.4 Kilometers.

Written on June 11, 2012.

We stayed in a municipal Albergue. There were 10 bunkbeds in a room. The price was good…donation. There was a place to hand wash clothes and a line for drying. There was a computer room, kitchen, and a large area with tables and couches. A Doctor was donating his time, supplies, and knowledge to help many Pilgrims. We heard that he had created shoe inserts for people who needed them and treated many blisters. When we arrived we saw him treat a bicyclist with bruises and a face injury. This Albergue is a refuge for Pilgrims.

Everyone must leave by 8 a.m. We left and found a bar close by to have coffee. We are waiting for the post office to open at 8:30 a.m. I will be picking up another package of supplements that has been mailed to me. Also, I decided that my socks are too thick and heavy for the warmer weather that we have been walking in and will mail them home. There were other Pilgrims sending items home or sending them forward.

We left Santo Domingo at 9 a.m. There are many villages to go through today so we can carry a limited amount of water knowing that we will be finding water along the way.

A field of white poppies with a hint of lavender.

A beautiful home on the way to Belorado.

There were high winds today. Some bicycles seem to be struggling, and the walkers are doing the best they can.

It is beautiful with the shades of green, wild flowers and villages in the distance.

Camino wall art as we enter Belorado.