Day 63: Nine Days Left

Posted by on Jun 19, 2022 in Travel Update | One Comment

We had a great day off for our anniversary celebration. The Spaniards (and French for that matter) love to eat late and an 8:00 dinner the night before starting to hike is a bit late for us. So we opted for a late lunch at a restaurant recommended by our Airbnb host. Luarca, where we […]

Day 61: One to Celebrate

Posted by on Jun 18, 2022 in Travel Update | 9 Comments

We booked an Airbnb for a day off in a great little port town to celebrate our 61st day on the trail. It also happens to coincide with the 40th anniversary of our wedding. That’s the real reason to celebrate. The flat overlooks the river and main square in the fishing village of Luarca. On […]

Day 60: The Gift

Posted by on Jun 16, 2022 in Travel Update | 6 Comments

Sometimes the camino provides us with a gift such as the wedding we stumbled across a few days ago, meeting up with a friend we haven’t seen for a month, or last night—a choir practice. We were walking to dinner and noticed the door of the local church was open, and we could hear music. […]

Day 59: The Big Leap

Posted by on Jun 15, 2022 in Travel Update | 6 Comments

Today started with a one kilometer walk—to the train station. We’ve been warned by many other pilgrims that the segment from Gijon, our home last night, to Aviles is very industrial. As we watched out the window of the train, we were glad we skipped it. Lots of factories and more graffiti this morning than […]

Day 58: A Hill Climb

Posted by on Jun 14, 2022 in Travel Update | One Comment

We spent last night in Villaviciosa, the apple and cider capital of Spain. They like to pour their cider from great heights to aerate it. They tend to spill the first part. We did a taste taste of regular poured vs. high poured to see if we could tell the difference. At least it’s a […]

Day 57: It’s a Tough Job, But…

Posted by on Jun 14, 2022 in Travel Update | 4 Comments

When we walked the Camino Frances six years ago, the food was pretty basic. French fries, chicken, sandwiches made with dry bread. Best described as ”fuel.” The culinary experience here on the Camino del Norte, much better. One of our camino friends, Drew, has a father who took five of his grandchildren on the camino […]

Day 56: The Halfway Point

Posted by on Jun 13, 2022 in Travel Update | 3 Comments

Yesterday we hit a big milestone. We stayed in Ribadesella which is the halfway point on the Camino del Norte. We are estimating that we’ll be done with this Camino by the end of this month. Follow up to our “The Wedding” post from yesterday. Five of us passed by the reception venue just as […]

Day 55: The Wedding

Posted by on Jun 11, 2022 in Travel Update | 6 Comments

We were fortunate to stumble across a crowd assembling outside a stunning church about the time we wanted to stop for lunch. We sat at a short distance from the crowd and ate our picnic of bread and cheese we picked up from a market along the way. Not only was it one of the […]

Day 54: Beach Day?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2022 in Travel Update | 6 Comments

Not so fast. Our plan today was to get to our destination, Llanes, in time to take a swim at the local beach. Turns out that it is a bit cool to hit the waves. But we did enjoy a great walk mostly through country roads with some stunning views of beaches and the Bay […]

Day 53: The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men…

Posted by on Jun 9, 2022 in Travel Update | 6 Comments

The best laid plans of mice and men [and pilgrims] often go awry. Robert Burns We had a great plan today. We were going about five miles beyond the normal stopping point to a camping/RV park—with bungalows for pilgrims—right near a beach. It has a pool and Laurie was going to have a chance to […]

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