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Day 41 (October 20, 2015) – 14.6 km., La Portela de Valcarce to O’Cebreiro

Here we are in the quaint “hobbit hamlet” of O’Cebreiro, perched on a high mountain ridge in Galicia, Spain. It is like being in a time-warp to an uncomplicated past, when people lived in stone houses with thatched roofs. O’Cebreiro … Continue reading

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Day 40 (October 19, 2015) – 15.5 km., Villafranca del Bierzo to La Portela de Valcarce

Today is a prelude to tomorrow, so there isn’t a whole lot to write about. There were three routes to choose from when leaving Villafranca. The Camino Dragonte is the longest, most arduous, and also the most spectacular. The Ruta … Continue reading

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Day 39 (October 18, 2015) – 23.4 km., Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo

All the previous times we said “This was the hardest day ever!” weren’t true. THIS was the hardest! What possessed us to walk all the way to Villafranca del Bierzo when we could have walked just 15.5 km and stayed … Continue reading

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Day 38 (October 17, 2015) – 17 km., Acebo to Ponferrada

Yesterday’s climb through the pass of Irago to the highest point of our journey, Cruz de Ferro, was easy. The sun was shining, the temperature was just right, and the mountain views across the Turienzo valley towards Monte El Teleno … Continue reading

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Day 37 (October 16, 2015) – 17 km., Rabanal del Camino to Acebo

If the Camino taught me anything today, it was about letting go of expectations. Today we headed out of Rabanal and through the pass of Irago to the highest point of our whole journey: Cruz de Ferro. “This majestic spot … Continue reading

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Day 36 (October 15, 2015) – 21.4 km., Astorga to Rabanal del Camino

Today’s walk was scenic and peaceful, so it was hard to believe something tragic took place here recently. It was and still might be dangerous. On April 4th a 41-year-old American woman, Denise Thiem, went missing when she was walking … Continue reading

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Day 35 (October 14, 2015) – 0 km., Astorga

Today we walked nowhere and instead spent the day preparing for the rest of our journey to Santiago. If we keep to our schedule, we will arrive there in 15 days – that is as long as Dave doesn’t try … Continue reading

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Day 34 (October 13, 2015) – 16.6 km., Hospital de Orbigo to Astorga

It isn’t an ordinary day when you can spend time at “The House of the Gods!” It is a little oasis before Astorga where you can help yourself to food and drink for free. You can drop a donation in … Continue reading

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Day 33 (October 12, 2013) – 14.6 km., Villar de Mazarife to Hospital de Orbigo

Today’s “Camino moment” could have been an opportunity for us to learn more about what makes us tick and fix it. At the very least, we could have improved our attitude; instead, all we wanted to do was escape. We … Continue reading

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Day 32 (October 11, 2015) – 22.2 km., Leon to Villar de Mazarife

The luxurious Hostal San Marcos in Leon was worth a splurge. Maybe next time! This stunning building was built in the 16th century as a convent, but the building also has a dark history. During Spain’s 1936-39 civil war, thousands … Continue reading

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