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To camino, or not to camino, that is the question…

A few days ago a camino friend (hello Margaret) asked me for my thoughts on travelling to Spain to walk the camino this year. In a nutshell, I am pretty sure it’s not going to happen. I have actually anticipated … Continue reading

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Thanks Mum…

I have many, many things to thank my old Mum for, but one of the most important for me is that she passed on her passion and ability to be creative, to be practical and to make things. She was … Continue reading

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What do you do when…

I read a very interesting discussion on the pilgrim forum today, originally instigated by my blogging (and Camino Mozárabe) pal Clare. You can find her blog here. The title is ‘What do you do when you cannot walk anymore?’ check … Continue reading

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New year, new plans…

I hope that all reading this are fit and well and have enjoyed a jolly Christmas and will experience a healthy and active year in 2020. Since my last post back in October the work on my cottage back in … Continue reading

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Listen and learn

Who knew? (A lot of you probably, but not me.)  Already three weeks since the sudden end to my camino and I am still using a crutch to get around.  Three weeks!!  At first I thought I would be fit … Continue reading

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A different view of the camino…

Below is a link to Nina’s website. Nina is a designer and has a wonderful eye for a powerful image. She posts one photo each day with a few thoughts to accompany it.  The black and white images are very … Continue reading

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Home again, home again, limpity limp!

Sorry for the prolonged silence. I was hoping that if I left it a few days I might have some positive news. So, to recap, on Wednesday my right leg gave out part way through the stage. I battled pain … Continue reading

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Ruta de la Lana, stage 24, San Esteban de Gormaz to Alcubilla de Avellaneda, 25 km

Distance, 25 km Elevation gain, ? m Elevation loss, ? m Total distance, 678.5 km Daily average, 28.3 km The day starts well with a farewell to Marianne and Ruedi, our Swiss friends with whom we have been keeping pace … Continue reading

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Ruta de la Lana, stage 23, Caracena to San Esteban de Gormaz, 29.5 km

Distance, 29.5 km Elevation gain, 210 m Elevation loss, 453 m Total distance, 653.5 km Daily average, 28.4 km Señora María Angeles opened the bar for us at 07:00 for breakfast and cooked cheese omelettes for Marianne and Ruedi whilst … Continue reading

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Ruta de la Lana, stage 22, Retortillo de Soria to Caracena, 24 km

Distance, 24 km Elevation gain, 266 m Elevation loss, 386 m Total distance, 624 km Daily average, 28.4 km We are informed by my notes that the first 12 km of this stage are on the road. But I am … Continue reading

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Ruta de la Lana, stage 21, Atienza to Retortillo de Soria, 24 km

Distance, 24 km Elevation gain, 540 m Elevation loss, 398 m Total distance, 600 km Daily average, 28.6 km There was no rush to get up this morning, as we were fairly sure our washing wouldn’t be dry too early.   … Continue reading

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Ruta de la Lana, stage 20, Sigüenza to Atienza, 37 km

Distance, 37 km Elevation gain, 696 m Elevation loss, 530 m Total distance, 576 km Daily average, 28.8 km It is again a cold start to the morning, there are patches frost on the ground but the sky is clear … Continue reading

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Ruta de la Lana, stage 19, Mandayona to Sigüenza, 25.5 km

Distance, 25.5 km Elevation gain, 366 m Elevation loss, 266 m Total distance, 539 km Daily average, 28.4 km The hailstones from last evening were still in evidence in the hedgerows this morning. It is cold, but no wind and … Continue reading

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Ruta de la Lana, stage 18, Masegoso de Tajuña to Mandayona, 23 km

Distance, 23 km Elevation gain, 382 m Elevation loss, 432 m Total distance, 513.5 km Daily average, 28.5 km This morning we bade a sad farewell to our spanish friends Javier and Pablo. Family matters dictate that they need to … Continue reading

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Ruta de la Lana, stage 17, Trillo to Masegoso de Tajuña, 24 km

Distance, 24 km Elevation gain, 315 m Elevation loss, 466 m Total distance, 490.5km Daily average, 28.8 km Last night was cold. I definitely should have brought a warmer sleeping bag on this trip. I also have a silk liner … Continue reading

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