Monthly Archives: October 2017

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Twelve

October 16 – 18, Santiago de Compostela We finished off the Cava and in a light drizzle walked over to the Pilgrim’s Reception Office to see about getting our certificates.  As it was late in the day the line was pretty long, likely a 30-minute wait and knowing we had all of the next day […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Eleven

October 15 – 18, Melide to Santiago de Compostela We arose to dark skies, a combination of the latitude of Spain (it doesn’t get light here this time of year until after 8am) and the smoke from the fires, which had been dampened by a mist that would turn into rain later in the day.  […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Ten

October 14 – 15, Sarria to Melide The day out of Sarria, just two more to go to finish the journey, would be the one where the wheels came off the wagon. Joanna was physically and mentally done, truly in need of a rest day yet I, the unbending task master and cheapest man in […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Nine

October 12 – 14, Ponferrada to Sarria Rolling Out of Ponferrada The 5 euro Breakfast at the albergue that morning was well worth the money, with an all you could eat buffet of toast, pastry, yoghurt, and coffee. We’d need it for what would eventually turn out to be a long and hard, well let’s […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Eight

October 9 – 12, Sahagun to Ponferrada Breakfast at Viatoris the morning we left Sahagun was a delight with coffee, juice, a small wrapped pastry to take with us and the closer, thinly sliced Serrano ham on toast. Tanks full, we mounted up and took off for another day of riding through the Meseta, or […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Seven

October 6 – 9, Burgos to Sahagun We arrived just before noon at the Burgos bus station and walked the short distance to the municipal albergue we’d be using for our lodging. It didn’t open until 1pm and so we ordered a coffee from the handy bar across the street and talked for a bit […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Six

October 4- 6, Santo Domingo to Burgos We walked just outside of the historic center of town and located Pension Miguel, heading up a flight of stairs to be greeted by a very enthusiastic proprietor who spoke Spanish only at a mile a minute but curiously, maybe because of the time we’ve spent here, I […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Five

October 1-4, to Logrono to Santo Domingo We arose the next morning to an almost deserted Albergue; staff wouldn’t arrive until after we had left. We had some time to kill with Planeta Aqua not opening until 9:30, so we dawdled a bit over the breakfast items we’d purchased at the market the day before. […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Four

September 28 – October 1, Puente La Reina to Logrono The River Arga We left Puente La Reina on a cool morning that warmed up fast, our good luck with weather holding steady, another great day for hiking with moderate temperatures and blue skies. On the way out of town we’d stopped briefly to take […]

Europe 2017 – The Camino de Santiago – Part Three

September 27 – 28, Pamplona to Puente La Reina Forgotten Photo of our Entrance to Zubiri We’d originally planned to just hike 8 miles or so each day the first week to get ourselves into shape. That plan flew out the window our first couple of days as we followed our primary guide book, Hiking […]