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  1. alansykes

    Virtual Camino Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos)

    The albergue is Atienza is a little basic and the more fastidious might be better off elsewhere (the convent sounds nice). But I was quite happy there, despite the dust and broken furniture, and lack of pillows (I carry my own inflatable one anyway, for occasions when there isn't one, or the...
  2. alansykes

    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2021?

    First time back up over 1500' on my new knee (6 weeks old tomorrow). Still a bit nippy up here on England's border with Scotland.
  3. alansykes

    Planning a “25 km or less” Camino on the Invierno

    I stayed in Bandeira's albergue for the first time in late November 2019. On my previous 8 times on this part of the Sanabrés I've always carried on to Ponteulla, but the weather that day was so vile so decided to stop the night. After an excellent lunch in the Atly bar on the main drag, where...
  4. alansykes

    Virtual Camino Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos)

    I liked that casa rural very much indeed. A very comfortable place, luxurious even, rather wasted on a pilgrim. I can't remember the price, but it was not one of those places where you have to pay for the whole building whether you are 1 person or 6 - I think it cost me between 20-30€, very...
  5. alansykes

    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2021?

    First footprints (well, pawprints) in the latest snow. First sunshine this month. All is good.
  6. alansykes

    Planning a “25 km or less” Camino on the Invierno

    I ended up getting lost and frozen in horizontal December sleat somewhere after Rodeiro, on a path calf deep in mud, so eventually found myself back on the main road. Which isn't that bad as it has a side path. Also it meant I went past the little village of Albarellos (about halfway between...
  7. alansykes

    Planning a “25 km or less” Camino on the Invierno

    I was lucky with the weather too, wonderful views from the top back towards snow-capped Padornelo, which I'd crossed on 6 of my 8 previous caminos, and on towards the destinctive Pico Sacro, landing lights for arrival at Santiago for pilgrims on the Sanabrés and Invierno. Also strongly...
  8. alansykes

    Virtual Camino Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos)

    I must have hit Cifuentes on a bad day (the pic suggests it was fairly grey). The bar I stopped in for coffee was unfriendly, which is never a good start. But I see from Google earth that they seem to have removed the horrible metal bar that used to desecrate the glorious doorway to the...
  9. alansykes

    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2021?

    Only an inch or so here, but looking very pretty in my local woods
  10. alansykes

    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2021?

    These were twin lambs Desdemona and Otello from last year. They had the same mum but one had a Suffolk tup dad and the other a Texel dad. Never happened to me before.
  11. alansykes

    Virtual Camino Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos)

    I think the Teta Sur (aka Teta Redonda) is the one that's easily accessible. You'd probably need mountaineering equipment to get up the Teta Larga. There was no wind on the top the day I was there, but I imagine that's an exception. There is a local saying about the tetas that "todos las ven...
  12. alansykes

    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2021?

    Blencathra and Skiddaw, two of Cumbria's highest hills, catching the first sun this morning
  13. alansykes

    Virtual Camino Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos)

    I think I must have left my mochila at the bottom of the ladder, but as I hadn't seen any other walkers since Alatoz (or until Burgos) security wasn't really an issue. And the view from the top was amazing (one teta from the other): Trillo is a very nice place. I liked the Meson Victor to...
  14. alansykes

    Virtual Camino Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos)

    Good point. There were none here, and indeed I had no nasty dog experiences on the whole of the Lana (unlike some places after Córdoba on the Mozárabe). The only odd thing I encountered was some huge canine footprints near Mirabueno, miles from any farm, which the turismo person at Pelegrina...
  15. alansykes

    Virtual Camino Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos)

    I'm something of a militant where it comes to people trying to close off rights of way, although not usually when I'm a guest in a foreign country. But in the case of Villaescusa de los Palositos I had active encouragement from several people to "hacer valer nuestros derechos" (as Luis Cañas of...
  16. alansykes

    Virtual Camino Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos)

    Sadly the Mazmorra bar was shut when I went through. I put in my vote for the Cazador to win the prize for "La Mancha's surliest barman, 2017". To be fair, he may have been monosyllabic, but he did make a really very decent bocadillo (and breakfast) to get me through the following day's complete...
  17. alansykes

    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2021?

    Always like it when my footprints (and my vizsla Huba's) are first in the fresh snow. Furthest I've so far managed to walk on my new (23 days old) knee. 30 minutes walk from my front door, all off tarmac. In the cloud is a local hill called Tarnmonath.
  18. alansykes

    Poll Which Camino are you planning next?

    I went for "other". Current plan is to pick up last year's Covid-truncated camino at Montserrat in October, with a few days on the Camí Sant Jaume, joining the Ruta del Ebro at Fuentes del Ebro, then take the Castellano-Aragonés from Gallur to Santo Domingo de Silos. Down the Lana to Riofrío del...
  19. alansykes

    A New Map - More routes to Santiago and across Spain than ever before.

    Looks to me as if the map is showing the GR99 Sendero del Ebro, rather than the Jacobeo Ruta del Ebro. The latter cuts across country, leaving the Ebro at Benifallet, going vía Gandesa and Batea and rejoining the river near Caspe, taking about 75km. The GR largely follows the river's mazy...
  20. alansykes

    Two original Pórtico de la Gloria statues recovered

    Some appear to believe that the statues may have been removed from the Pozo de Meirás and moved to another Franco property, the Casa Cornide in A Coruña (whose ownership is also disputed)...
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