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Sep 17, 2014 - Morning and the Bills

Today was a hard day. I punched out into the cold rainy Meseta at 5:45, alone and in the dark, all the while knowing my friends back home were enjoying great music with the Bills! What the hell am I doing here I asked as I walked into the rain and dark. Bob had decided to give his body a rest and would take the bus to Leon and meet me at the beautiful Parador- the one shown in the movie "the way". I conjured up my dog entourage to accompany me and laughed as they danced around my feet. Boy, am I getting good at seeing ghosts! 18...

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Sep 15, 2014 - Stage 17 Sahagun to Leôn 67k 15 September 2014

Stage 17 Sahagun to Leôn 67k 15 September 2014 Dinner - Sehagun Lentil & choriso soup Russian salad Mixed salad Bacalao  Roast chicken Stewed meat Caramel flan 1 bottle of wine Sangria (Pauline's treat) Price 10.5e pp Breakfast - Cafe under the Plane tree This cafe is run by 2 women one of which does all the baking. We confirmed the previous night that we would be there for breakfast at 6.30. Unfortunately the baker slept in and we had a 45 min wait for; Fresh chocolate croissant Whole meal croissant Baguette with jambon &...

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May 6, 2014 - The Camino of my package

My package is on a Camino of its own. It left St John Pied de Port. My intension was for it to to go to general delivery in Burgos. I did not realize general delivery, though common in Santiago, is not heard of anywhere else. So somehow it ended up in Barcelona. My Spanish waiter called Barcelona and was explained that due to no pickup within 10 days, it went back to St John. Monday on the walk, I met an Irish woman, who currently lives in Paris so therefore speaks French. She offered and did call St John post office. The requests as to...

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May 4, 2014 - Sat and Sun in Leon

Hello again. First let me thank you all for your kind and loving words after my last post. It meant a lot in a low point. So now I have been on the road 3 weeks. I am a little over half way to Santiago. But then there is Finisterra and Muxia after that. Feet and legs continue to be without problems. I am losing a little weight as my money belt doubles as a belt to hold my pants up. I happened to notice I am losing my butt... no problem with that! My neck and shoulders are the only pain and I send the pack forward most all the time. When I...

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Apr 24, 2014 - Leon - finally met up with Pat Henderson's neices!!!!

This is just a short note to let family know that we have met up with Pat Henderson's nieces. Megan wasn't feeling well last night and this morning but she managed to make it into Leon and eat dinner with us tonight and we are hoping that she will feel well enough to travel with us tomorrow. Elise has taken good care of her while she was feeling ill. Pat Henderson has arranged for the girls to stay in the Hotel Paris with us and the girls celebrated by ordering up robes from the spa. The girls are so sweet and get along together so well -...

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Apr 23, 2014 - Leon

We are now ensconced in the Hotel Paris in Leon, located in the pedestrian only area of the old city, between the Gaudi building and the great Cathedral in Leon. Our rooms are on the third floor. They have dormer windows facing the sky where we do not see or hear the street life but see only sky and the occasional bird. Across the street is a pharmacy-perfumery where they have a fantastic window display using little gnomes as tiny penitents, wearing capirotes and carrying platforms of various ointments and medications. It was...

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Apr 23, 2014 - Sahagun to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos then on to Mansailla de las Mullas and then Leon

Tuesday 21 March from Sahagun to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos We have been marching along the Meseta - relatively flat area with few villages and therefor few coffee breaks. The route is flat but the positive thing is that there are lovely snow covered mountains in the distance and that makes you feel that you are walking in the prairies. At Calzadilla de los Hermanillos we stayed at the lovely Casa el Cura - a place which I immediately recognized when I entered the hotel and when I met the owners it was even more of a homecoming. They...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Leon Life

Here at an outdoor cafe around sunset, watching the fiesta crowds stroll by and enjoying my time on this earth. Of course, a good vino tinto helps. Today, the festivities quieted down by dawn and left the city to those of us who wanted to see it without a swelling sea of party animals. Although, I must admit, they have their place. I've done my cultural duties and toured the 13th c. cathedral and the 11th c. San Isidro chapel, adjacent to which are the remains of numerous Spanish royalty, who have very little to say. All the above have been...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Succor Trap

At long last Leon! Here at an extraordinarily beautiful hotel, which is providing much needed succor to my weary soul. It will be very difficult to leave on Monday morning. Here's the courtyard of my little shelter. Just by chance, I've arrived on Leon at the beginning of a huge week-long fiesta, and the town is jammed: street theatre, bandstands set up in the various squares, food booths lining virtually every winding medieval street. My brother-in-law Mark, a chef, would be grinning from ear to ear. Quite a mixture of food cultures,...

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Oct 3, 2013 - Leon

Hi everyone, tromprd into Leon yesterday afternoon and have enjoyed a rest day here today. Again we've lucked out with festival time. Street fairs, food fairs, dancing in the street. Tomorrow we head out for what will be the last stretch between here and Santiago. No more rest days. I'll walk as far as I can with Teganyi and Lucy, but in a few days time it will be necessary for me to bus over a couple of stages, then walk the final 100 km into Santiago on my own. This afternoon I booked a hotel in santiago close to the cathedral for my...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Leon

Today is a rest day in beautiful Leon. We arrived yesterday and have all day to wander this lovely old city. We have also splurged on a hotel and thouroughly enjoyed sleeping in with no interruptions. We are staying in an old monastery...previously the headquarters for the Knights of the Order of Santiago and before that, in the 12th century, a pilgrim hospital. We have finished walking the Meseta and really enjoyed that part of the journey. Soon we will be facing the hills and if forecasts are correct, rains of Galacia. Tomorrow we will...

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Sep 23, 2013 - Rest day in Leon

Overnight the incipient cold that I had been fearing came on with a vengeance. Thankfully I had managed to score some cold & flu tablets from Marie-France. We slept in this morning as it was a free day and as soon as the shops were open I headed for the nearest Farmacia to get some more tablets. With these in my system the day started to improve. Maree hit the local shoe shop and it wasn't long before her credit card earned its keep. I wanted to check out some other shops before making a decision and, in the end, missed out on spending some...

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