Day 24: Portomarin to Arzua

Days can begin so gently and end with such vengeance. Today was that kind nd of day. We leisurely crossed a small bridge leading out of the city and began our nature hike. Sure, we had the giant crowd following from Sarria, but the air was fresh and our feet were light. Oh, well... As … Continue reading Day 24: Portomarin to Arzua

Day 23: Sarria to Portomarin

Yes, the exit from Sarria was most unique. We pilgrims who have carried all of our necessities on our backs for the past month were quite (pardon the pun) taken aback by the number of "day hikers" now joining us. A "day hiker" is one who walks the Camino, but has their backpacks/luggage sent ahead … Continue reading Day 23: Sarria to Portomarin

Day 22: Triacastela to Sarria

Our day began with a difficult decision regarding which path we would take to Sarria. The shorter and more popular route would save us 7.2km but involved a gradual, yet steep uphill climb. The alternative path consisted of constant rolling hills (i.e. lots of moderate climbs and descents) and would lengthen our day considerably. Sorry, … Continue reading Day 22: Triacastela to Sarria

Day 21: La Faba to Triacastela

What a wonderful day to leave Spain. Yep,  as we haven't yet reached Santiago de Compestella, that was Frank's surprised reaction, too!  Actually, our location it is a matter of opinion. That is to say, we have officially entered the autonomous region of Galicia which has its own language, distinct culture, separate history from Spain, … Continue reading Day 21: La Faba to Triacastela

Day 20: Ponferrada to La Faba

We left Ponferrada in time to arrive in Villafranco de Bierzo by mid morning. After a quick tortilla de patata and coffee, we hit the streets for an abridged walking tour conducted by an overly caffeinated Mikey for the benefit of a shivering Frank.   It's a little hard to lose the Camino in this town!  … Continue reading Day 20: Ponferrada to La Faba

Day 19: Molinaseca to Ponferrada 

With laundry done, we settled in for the night in a very comfy room (note that, at this point, "comfy" is anything with a private bedroom and bathroom!) Aparently, American reality TV shows are pretty popular in Spain as the majority of the English language programs were reruns of Deadliest Catch and House Hunters. Pretty … Continue reading Day 19: Molinaseca to Ponferrada¬†

Day 18: Foncebadon to Molinaseca

Last night's sleeping arrangements could probably have been better. Frank is still not sure whether it was our French or German bunk mates who flavored the room so pungently. Still, we awoke rather early for mountain village time, and gathered our things.  Our host from the previous evening greeted us and asked if we were … Continue reading Day 18: Foncebadon to Molinaseca