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May 20, 2019 - Vilamayor to Burgos

One of the constants on our walk through Spain is the sleepy little towns we pass through. We rarely see anyone out of their homes in the smallest of towns. Not only that, the houses mostly have their shutters closed giving the feeling of ghost towns. On Thursday we arrived in the town of Vilamayor just after noon after a short 14 km walk from Santo Domingo. Upon arriving at our very quaint guest house, our host indicated that there were no shops open in the town. We had two choices for dinner, the guest house or the Albergue down the...

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Apr 29, 2019 - You don’t choose a life, you live one.

Hi folks, I have had uncanny poor luck with wi-fi the last few days so I am writing this on my cellular data, on my phone...which is a pain in the ass. This will be a short entry as a result. The title of this entry is a quote from the movie “The Way”. If you haven’t seen it, take the time to find it on Netflix or whatever. Profound words. I saw it on a poster a town or two ago. Today I walk 13miles to a village to the west of Burgos(big city) and by the time I get to the town there are no rooms available. The nice innkeeper tells me he can...

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Camino de Santiago

Apr 14, 2019 - San Juan de Ortega to Burgos (Burgos Day 1)

Walking from San Juan de Ortega to Burgos is an interesting mix of wonderful and awful. The hotel and bar does not open for breakfast until 8:30 a.m. That’s a little later than I would normally go for breakfast as my luggage must be packed and ready to be picked up at 8:00 a.m. And I was anxious to get into Burgos as it was Palm Sunday and there would be much going on. So I headed out without coffee or breakfast. That does not make for a happy hiker. But the path out of San Juan is mystical through a forest – with cuckoos talking with one...

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Solo Camino 2019

Apr 14, 2019 - Palm Sunday - Burgos 2

Burgos 2 On the evening of Palm Sunday there is a procession beginning at 8:00 from the Church of San Gil , a few blocks from our hotel. I convinced the Irish triplets that instead of dinner (which wouldn’t begin until 9:00 p.m. - much to their consternation), we should go watch the Palm Sunday evening procession. There are two entrances to the Church - one is being repaired and is closed, so we found a bar on the other side of the Church and watched all the members of the band and the various participants going into the church while we...

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Solo Camino 2019

Apr 12, 2018 - Villafranca Montes de Oca to Villafria

Day 11 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 1158m, minimum and finishing elevation = 887m. Cold, under 10 degrees. S2 has named us Team 'LAD' as I refer to the guys as lads. So, team lad headed off at first light - 7.30. We started the day with a climb up to 1158m. Warmed up enough to take off my top layer and the sun even popped out. The descent saw the sun disappear, the mist return and top layer and gloves back on. The track was WET. Recent rainfall and snow melt made it a mess. Lots of fun, not. We were happy to reach the first bar at San...

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May 29, 2017 - Burgos

Day 11 - Mon 29 May 17 I was first to rise and anxious to get going. I dressed and headed for the nearby Castillo de Burgos in full understanding of Kaye's love of " more rocks" and desire to sleep in. The Castillo which sits above our apartment was defended by the French for seven years of the French/ Spanish war and on withdrawal exploded the fortifications and in doing so killed 200 of their own troops; obviously not a controlled demolition.There is very little to see of the original fort, however, there are still significant sections of...

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May 28, 2017 - Burgos

Day 10 - Sun 28 May 17 Our first objective for the day was to listen to the priests chant their morning prayers and we were seated in the monastery's chapel by 0730 hrs in anticipation. We were early, and it was not until 0800hrs that the service began. The acoustics of this solid stone structure were very good and both the organ and singing of the priests was impressive. We had packed before chapel and following the settlement of our account departed at 0900 hrs for the small village of Yesa. We were hoping to grab a quick coffee and...

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Aug 28, 2016 - Obtain Pilgrim passport. - tick

Overview Spent day exploring Burgos a little more, and collecting our pilgrim passports from the pilgrim office in the main pilgrim albergue. Very exciting!! Walked up to the castle. Great view of the city and surrounds. Had brunch in a small bar. After a bit of planning tomorrow over a beer in one of the squares, we headed to the human evolution museum and spent a number of hours there, not leaving it until 8pm. This is a big area for archeology and various famous finds have been made here. Fascinating to see the stages of evolution over...

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Aug 27, 2016 - Train and plane to get to Spain. So far no rain, or pain. But am I sane?

Overview An early start. Said goodbye to Odette and gave her some flowers. I was sad to leave but happy for my adventure ahead. Sandra took me to station and we had coffee and chat for awhile. Straight to airport then flew to Bilbao in Spain. Nothing much at bus station so spent time Installing my Spanish SIM card and getting (almost) everything working. The bus trip was 2.5hrs and went through some wooded hilly country as well as dry farmland. Wind turbines on the horizon. Arrived in Burgos after 5pm and it was relatively quiet with only...

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May 21, 2015 - Agès - Burgos

26km - 5h cette étape vers Burgos n'a aucun intérêt. Heureusement que j'avais lu sur mon guide qu'il y a un marquage du chemin déficient qui, si l'on ne faisait pas attention faisait entrer dans Burgos par une route de 7km dans la zone industrielle. J'étais un des rares pelerins à prendre le chemin non marqué mais tellement plus agréable le long du Rio et via un beau bois jusqu'au centre ville. C'est comme si on avait le choix en entrant sur Paris entre le Bois de Vincennes ou La porte St Ouen. Même Grieta, Norvégienne de 67 ans qui a fait...

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Apr 25, 2015 - Camino community

One of the things that sets the Camino hike apart from others is the community that is formed. Along the walk, at various stops, you end up sharing a water break or lunch with a group of people and then end up seeing them in town later that evening for a drink or meal to celebrate the day’s successful walk and compare injuries. Nowhere else I've been has it been standard practice for people to whip off their shoes and display blisters and mangled toes! Everyone comes from such different backgrounds and countries. Everyone walks for their...

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Sep 12, 2014 - Stage 14 Santo Domingo to Burgos 68k 12 September 2014

Stage 14 Santo Domingo to Burgos 68k 12 September 2014 Dinner - Santo Domingo 3 courses for 12e plus 1/2 ltr of wine pp Everyone happy! Breakfast. - Local cafe Bacon, eggs, chips & bread 2 coffees Price 9e The weather 10 to 24 The ride - Pyrenees 2 The ride out of town just after dawn is magical. High in the sky planes leave short vapor trails reminiscent of missiles. It is cool and the ride bracing.  We encounter progressively more pilgrims and the word is that 400 are leaving St Jean daily. We receive many waves indeed cheers as we power...

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