Camino Day 65 (Foncebadon Monte Irago to Ponferrerada) 27K- #CAMINO #HIKING

The Magician and I woke up early to do yoga together in the morning, But this has to have been the weirdest yoga I’ve ever done. It basically started with 20 minutes of dancing in a giant circle and we were meant to become ‘lost Continue reading Camino Day 65 (Foncebadon Monte Irago to Ponferrerada) 27K- #CAMINO #HIKING

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Camino Day 64 (Astorga to Foncebadón) 26K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We got up and left the Muncipal late in the morning, and spent a long time wondering round Astorga to try and find somewhere open for breakfast. As the Magician and I had arrived in darkness, this was the first time we Continue reading Camino Day 64 (Astorga to Foncebadón) 26K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 63 (Villar de Mozarife to Astorga) 31K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Today was a day for sadness and excitement. I was excited because the Magician and I were only two days from Cruz de Ferro (a large cross). At the cross you could leave a stone you carried all the way from home here (to represent the burden you would leave on the pilgrimage). The one I had with me I’d actually picked up a few months before in Costa Rica. It had the strips of a tiger on it, representing to me, that if I wanted something badly enough, even I could Continue reading Camino Day 63 (Villar de Mozarife to Astorga) 31K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 62 (León to Villar de Mazarife) 23K- #CAMINO #HIKING

With our little group of four we left the hotel late in the morning, enjoying a long and leisurely breakfast in León. The city was buzzing in the Continue reading Camino Day 62 (León to Villar de Mazarife) 23K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 61 (Reliegos to León) 29K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Today we’d be walking to León! It was the last major city before Santiago, and I was starting to feel the end of the walk. In 20 days time I’d be home for my Mum’s birthday. This made me sad to finish, but I also felt guilty as I knew my mum was in hospital (from a broken leg, which was complicated as she is paraplegic). This left me with a strange conflict inside. Sadness, guilt, Continue reading Camino Day 61 (Reliegos to León) 29K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 60 (Sahagun to Reliegos) 33K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Our little group of the Texan, my Little Sister and the Magician left our municipal late. We bounced through Sahagun, finding the half way sign! The Magician and I had walked ¾ of the route from Le Puy to Santiago. Most of that, we had been Continue reading Camino Day 60 (Sahagun to Reliegos) 33K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 59 (Ledigos to Sahagun) 23K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We left Ledigos late in the day, walking on to the Terradillos de los Templarios, which used to belong to the Templar Knights. They were set up to protect pilgrims to Palestine, which then expanded to protected all pilgrims (including those to Santiago). The Templar Knights were dissolved when the church abolished their order on 13th October 1307. This was set into motion Continue reading Camino Day 59 (Ledigos to Sahagun) 23K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 58 (Carrión de los Condes to Ledigos) 25K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Today was an epic-ally exciting day, we were going to get to walk with my Little Sister and the Texan! Needless to say the Magician saw an opportunity for me to improve my French and my Little Sister’s English. Talking via google translate is a bit weird to be honest. And it has taught me, never trust google… translating to the male and female in French from English is treacherous! It ends up with you Continue reading Camino Day 58 (Carrión de los Condes to Ledigos) 25K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 57 (Castrojeriz to Carrión de los Condes) 46K- #CAMINO #HIKING

This morning was our walk in moonlight on the Camino. So sneaking around at 2am in the morning in the middle of a dorm room is not particularly easy (surprise surprise). I did have a terrible urge to wake everyone in the room up and try and make them come with us because everything felt wonderfully magical to me right then. I’m not sure people would have appreciated that though.

My Brother set off as quickly as possible, wanting to find a nice spot to have a fire.  Continue reading Camino Day 57 (Castrojeriz to Carrión de los Condes) 46K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Appalachian Trail- #Poem #Hiking #Appalachian Trail #AT

The clock is ticking

It won’t be long now

I set myself the goal

I can’t turn back

Nervousness is mounting

Will the training be enough?

Fevered conversations with experts

Driving me onto the trail

Unknown will be my conditions

Continue reading Appalachian Trail- #Poem #Hiking #Appalachian Trail #AT

Camino Day 56 (Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz) 21K- #CAMINO #HIKING

After the wonderful evening in the restaurant (Green Kitchen), we went back for breakfast. Here I watched my Brother cleanse the owner and room with holy wood. She was really sweet, as afterwards she then gave him breakfast and a pair of Camino socks. Its small moments like this, you see Camino magic. I spoke to the owner afterwards about what it was like working on the Camino. She spoke honestly about the challenges of being able to integrate with locals, and how it can take a huge amount of your time. We talked a lot about how if you put Continue reading Camino Day 56 (Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz) 21K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 55 (Burgos to Hornillos del Camino) 22K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We woke up and left the fancy hostel pretty late, so late my Brother got fed up waiting for us and started walking. After several weeks of dreading my birthday, it had finally appeared. After the magic of the night before with my friends and the Magician, I felt the ghosts of that day disappear. It was like a milestone had been crossed and I wasn’t looking at the day and thinking, huh, Continue reading Camino Day 55 (Burgos to Hornillos del Camino) 22K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 54 Rest Day in Burgos- #CAMINO #HIKING

Today was our rest day in Burgos! We managed to convince a lot of our other friends to take the day off with us. Unfortunately we got kicked out of the Municipal bang on 8am though, so no nice lie in. We all clambered out of the municipal together and had a goodbye breakfast together with our Spanish friend and my Little Sister. My Little Sister was off to find her Texan, and start her beautiful love story, as he was purposely waiting further up the trail for her. Continue reading Camino Day 54 Rest Day in Burgos- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 53 (Agés to Burgos) 26K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We set out late this morning after a long breakfast with my Brother and the Magician. The walk out of Agés was along a road with few and far between cars. I walked in sight of the Magician, but alone for a large part of the morning. It was going to be my 35th Birthday in a couple of days. I was nervous, my last birthday had been a disaster. My ex and I had a birthday tradition which involved being sung happy birthday in the morning and served cake in bed. Well he’d decided that it didn’t seem important anymore as I’d been busy with my new job. He realised this was a mistake after I’d gotten very upset. Reliving these memories, Continue reading Camino Day 53 (Agés to Burgos) 26K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 52 (Belorado to Agés) 29K- #CAMINO #HIKING

In Belorado there’s no where to have breakfast, so we chowed down on some terrible fake processed chocolate croissants from a local shop. The Magician, my Brother and I walked out from Belorado together, till we got to the small town called Villafrance Montes de Oca. Pilgrims used to recover after crossing the Oca mountains here. Being a pilgrim back then was very dangerous, with robbers leaving them easily open to attack.  On the other hand, pilgrims also used to have a bad reputation. This was because they could be people walking the Camino to escape criminal punishment (i.e. thieves). And they might even be doing the pilgrimage with no way to feed themselves (so they would steal). Continue reading Camino Day 52 (Belorado to Agés) 29K- #CAMINO #HIKING