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Stage 22 – San Juan de Villapañada to Bodenaya, 27.7 km

I left nice and early this morning – there was not much of a sunrise due to the cloud, but it was warm enough to leave my jacket in my pack. After some time on very quiet country roads, the … Continue reading

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Stage 21 – Oviedo to San Juan de Villapañada, 31.7 km

The walk out of Oviedo wasn’t too long or at all industrial and along the way we bumped into Dave who we hadn’t seen since around day 4. If you want breakfast, don’t leave it too late when exiting the … Continue reading

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Stage 20 – Pola de Lena to Oviedo, 35 km

Another dry start to the day. The walking was on the road or the first 8 km, once out of Pola de Lena the road was quiet, but what traffic there was whizzed by at speed. The worst offenders seem … Continue reading

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Stage 19 – Pajares to Pola de Lena, 28 km

The day dawned a little rainy and overcast and with gusty wind. We are due to descend over 1,000 metres on this stage and I reasoned that downhill walking required great care but little exertion, and so I wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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Stage 17 – Cabanillas to Buiza, 25.5 km

The day started on very pretty tracks and almost immediately our hearts were melted by a floppy, lollopy, huge-footed mastin pup who had somehow managed to escape from his enclosure with mum and dad making half-hearted attempts to reprimand either … Continue reading

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Stage 16 – Puente Villarente to Cabanillas, 32.5 km

A jolly communal supper was given at the albergue last evening. We were several nationalities around the table – Brits, South African, Australian, American, Belgian and German. Three courses, 10 euros. Nothing special but ok and filling. After dinner was … Continue reading

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Stage 15 – El Burgo Ranero to Puente Villarente, 25.8

Twenty pilgrims, two toilets – not a good ratio! I rose early for a brief visit before too many people were moving around and then waited until most had done their business before I attended to mine. Timing is everything! … Continue reading

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Stage 14 – Grajal de Campos to El Burgo Ranero, 23.7 km

I stayed up late as the music commenced to bounce around the walls. It was an ideal opportunity to catch up on responding to comments. I don’t often get time to do this, as by the time I have posted … Continue reading

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Stage 13 – Villalón de Campos to Grajal de Campos, 30.9 km

Friday is the day that we have been told all week that it will rain. But Friday dawned bright and warm. Within an hour of walking I had stripped to sleeveless T-shirt and shorts, and immediately afterwards a brisk cooling … Continue reading

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Stage 12 – Medina de Rioseco to Villalón de Campos, 29.4 km

May I just say that the clever nuns at the Convento Clarisas have designed the albergue bathroom facilities to perfection. We don’t want state of the art facilities that can only be used by one person at a time. What … Continue reading

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Stage 11 – Peñaflor de Hornija to Medina de Rioseco, 25.6 km

Another day of long, straight, flat, sandy, gravelly tracks. Accompanied by the brightest blue sky I have ever seen, chilly to start but soon warming and becoming quite hot as the day progressed. At one point we saw ahead of … Continue reading

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Stage 10 – Puente Duero to Peñaflor de Hornija 29 km

Love this photo of the four of us waving from the ancient bridge at Puente Duero last evening… This morning we were invited to breakfast with Arturo for 2 euros. I declined as I don’t drink tea or coffee and … Continue reading

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Stage 9 – Alcazarén to Puente Duero, 25 km

I pulled myself out of my slump last evening and did indeed find a couple of gems in Alcazarén. There is a huge brick built church that is quite beautiful inside. We returned to El Bar Real for some supper … Continue reading

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Stage 8 – Coca to Alcazarén, 26 km

Last evening I bought a bottle of cava and a big bag of crisps for sharing, then spotted a box of eggs and thought it would be a good idea to have boiled eggs for tomorrow’s walk. But when I … Continue reading

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Stage 7 – Santa Maria la Real de Nieva to Coca, 23.4 km

Despite the bunk beds in last night’s accommodation being more like hammocks with deeply sagging springs and mattresses, we all had a good night’s sleep in the tiny albergue and weren’t in any rush to leave as we had a … Continue reading

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