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Aug 30, 2015 - Touring Santiago de Compostela

Sunday, August 30 The buses only ran hourly on the half hour and by the time we were ready to go we caught the 12:30 one into the old town. It was a good thing to catch a bus because our campground is perched on the top of a small hill and the old town is down, down and down. We passed many treed areas and parkland on our way. Santiago de Compostela seems like a very clean modern city a scant 50 km from one of the largest rias on this coast. History 101. “the door is open to all, to sick and healthy, not only to Catholics but also to...

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Aug 29, 2015 - Along the Ria

Glorious sun was shinning when we woke, finally. The beach area looked much different today. All the people who were hiding indoors during the rain were now out combing the beaches. We had about an hours drive to Santiago de Compostela so we took our time traveling up the northern side of Ria de Muros E Noia. It was very picturesque with the crystal clear water, and the lush vegetation around us. About 40 km later we headed inland across the forested hills to our destination. Our campground sat on a hill, overlooking a huge mall complex....

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Jun 13, 2015 - Wrap-up

Je tiens a  remercier les personnes suivantes : - Mon épouse qui a accepté de me laisser vivre seul cette experience et a gerer toute seule la maison, les enfants et les papiers admistratifs pendant mon abscence. -  Timm Smith qui est mon maître à penser et à marcher. C'est grâce à son expérience  (il a traversé les états unis à pied de Los Angeles à New York en 2014) et ses conseils précieux que je me suis préparé au mieux mentalement et physiquement à ce pélerinage. - Francis mon frère qui a énormément souffert pendant les 200km où il...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Arrived in Santiago de Compostela

18km - 5h30 Je pourrais appeler cette dernière étape "la canule dans le cul".  Alors que l'on marchait sérieusement vers Santiago, Christophe me dit qu'il établit un parallèle entre les 2 dernières étapes de ce pélerinage et une coloscopie....je suis surpris car je ne vois pour l'instant aucun rapport. Il me raconte le test médical fait sur des patients à l'époque où l'examen coloscopique se faisait sans anesthésie. Le test consistait à prendre 2 groupes de patients : un groupe qui subissait l'examen normal qui - rappelons le - n'est pas...

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May 6, 2015 - Back "On"

This morning under a clear blue sky, Santiago slid quickly behind, and I was out in the country again, among farm houses, old walls of beautifully fitted stones, and ruins of still older farms and walls. I was so happy to be "back." I walked through oak forests, pine forests, and eucalyptus forests littered with the shavings of their bark. I also walked through little villages with barking dogs, only one of whom proved immune to my charms. And at one point, I witnessed a sad scene. I passed the body of a cat who had only recently been run...

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Off Again/On Again

May 5, 2015 - On Again

Hello Everyone, Well, I've been "off" on a hiking trip for over a week now, including a glorious three days in along the coast in Cornwall. Diane and I were hiking with old friends who live in Bath. We had fabulous weather, long nourishing conversations, and stays in old and charming inns. It's possible to do a coastal walk along the entire Cornish coast, which is awfully tempting. I arrived in Santiago last night in the usual weather. Because of it, my plane was unable to land, and we circled for almost an hour before the pilot announced...

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Off Again/On Again

Oct 4, 2014 - My Final Missive

Well, no more walking so I guess my Camino is over. The marketing is like Fisherman's Wharf, not that the church needs any help here. People ask to take pictures of the "real pilgrims", just so they can be seen with us. Now that I've showered and cleaned up( sort of) and don't carry that smelly pack they leave me alone and just assume I'm not her dumb tourist- which I am. Will go to,the Parador tonight for a glass of wine. Pretty nice!, but I still think the one in Leon was better. I've been in 4 now and one ws a real dud.- but the wine was...

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Oct 4, 2014 - Make a Catholic out of me!

Wow! Left Muxia with the Korean group. They are a hoot. On the bus the driver was going pretty fast.,at least for my adrenal glands. The Korean missionary was crossing himself about every 3 minutes, so I started doing it too. Couldn't hurt I figured. He asked me if I was Catholic, and I said I was ,at least for this bus trip! We seem to turn up everywhere together. They asked me when and where I was going, and I said since we seem to be everywhere together, probably Seoul! Actually, one woman speaks pretty good English. After 2 weeks of...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Santiago,limping in!

Santiago! What an amazing feel of euphoria and emotion completing 500 mils with so many pilgrims. Tears and hugs all around and emotion poured from all of our hearts and eyes- and me being such a doubter.. The ceremony was wonderful ,especially the Bota Fumaro swinging 70 feet or so in the sky. Great albergue, 200 beds with many of the people I've been walking with. Salvatore is like my son. Great sense of humor and what a hearty laugh. Wonderful meal tonight with some of my best pilgrim friends. Really hate to see this end, and that's why...

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Sep 21, 2014 - Stage 22 - Palas de Rei to Santiago de Compostella (the final day) 70k

Stage 22 - Palas de Rei to Santiago de Compostella (the final day) 70k 21 September 2014 Dinner - Hotel Ponterroxan  Bean & potato soup Pork chop & chips Grilled hake & salad Salad fruit Cheese cake Ice cream Coffee 2 bottles of wine Breakfast 1 croissant Coffee Price 31e dinner bed & breakfast The weather  12 to 25 (stifling in Santiago) The ride - will you get me to the church on time? We leave bang on 7.30 knowing that the 65k and problematic directions closer to Santiago would be difficult to achieve by the preferred 10.30. First thing...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Santiago (Old Town) Spain

Hello again, arrived in Santiago safely with no problems. The weather is warm and a little humid and NO RAIN!! We walked around the cute town most of the afternoon and evening. It is very modern and old at the same time. These people really love their food and time sitting out on the patios of the shops and restaurants eating their meals. We found a restaurant that specialized in Paella!! Seafood Paella for me. Was really good. Then had some real cheesecake that was soo smooth and creamy it tasted like flan and was not rich at all. Was...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Bien Camino

Bien Camino - Yes, I've done it and what an awesome, humbling, challenging and spiritual experience. Everything I hoped for and more, the experience rates up there with my Macchu Picchu experience and memories. Not quite as physically challenging, however I certainly achieved my spiritual inspiration expectations as the trail was so peaceful and relatively uncrowded, I would often hike for 20 minutes before I came across another pilgrim which I would then overtake and be on my own again. The track was beautiful, apart from when I actually...

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