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Melide to Arzua — another rainy day

Rain discourages photography. Luckily it only rained much of the day, not the whole time, so we got a few photos. Early on, we walked through a forest of eucalyptus and pine trees. Someone was cutting the eucalyptus, using the … Continue reading

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Eirexe to Melide

For a twelve-mile day, it took a long time — in large part, because it was a miscalculation on my part, and was actually a fifteen-mile day. The forecast of “partly sunny” never came to pass — it was mostly … Continue reading

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Portomarin to Eirexe — Galician rain

Drops of rain hung on our windows this morning, but we could see stars in the 6:00 a.m. dark, so hoped that the day would turn out well. It did, but in a very Galician style.      Lacking Internet … Continue reading

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Sarria to Portomarin — with the Lazios

The Lazios are awesome. They’ve been training, and although they and Jim kindly walked more or less at my pace, it was clear that they could have easily walked with Regina and Anthea who were in Portomarin long before we … Continue reading

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A day in Sarria

A pleasant day — not too hot. Regina and Anthea enjoyed sleeping in. Peg and Tom, Teri and Jim went off to explore, starting at the monastery where Jim, Anthea and I got new credencials. Those are the forms on … Continue reading

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Samos to Sarria

Today was a short walk, we thought, and set out promptly at 9:00 a.m. after breakfasting on toast, butter, thick local honey and coffee. Nearly four hours later we finally came to a place to stop for coffee, and by … Continue reading

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O’Cebrerio!

We start with Regina’s photo of Galicia from the high pass of O’Cebrerio — 4,297 feet. Cruz de Ferro was higher, at 4,940 feet, but the climb up to O’Cebrerio seemed tougher. Luckily, we had blue skies and sunshine — … Continue reading

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Villafranca del Bierzo to Herrerias

The route from Villafranca del Bierzo to Vega del Valcarce has been one of the most frequently described in the books I’ve read about the Camino, and most characterizations have ranged from “harrowing” to “terrible.” But much must have changed … Continue reading

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Ponferrada to Villafranca de Bierzo

There are several Villafrancas along the Camino Frances — it means “Town of the Franks” and referred to all of the people coming from France to get to Santiago. Tonight’s town is  Villfranca of the Bierzo region, which is hilly … Continue reading

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El Acebo to Ponferrada

Another awkward night for the Internet — we’ll see what we can get finished before the hotel bar closes or the whole thing cuts out entirely. No wi-fi in the rooms, despite assurances that there was (but even hotels in … Continue reading

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