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29/05/12. Day 40. Finistera - Muxia. 30Km


Bad headache this morning, a mixture of yesterdays sun and last nights wine, although the sun might be innocent in this case. We were on the road out of Finistera at 08.00 and on the way to Lires, fifteen km away. We had breakfast at a local café just before we left.

Mixed walking today, some on roads and more through woodland. We lost the arrows at one point but a local woman pointed us in the right direction.

We met a woman we knew slightly coming against us on the trail in the woods, she was so pleased to see us she hugged us both, I think she may have been worried about being lost and we were a welcome sight.

When we arrived at Lires it was still before noon and even though it was sunny it was very cold, not really suitable to visit the beach there.


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We had lunch in the albergue/café but held off on checking in. After a lunchtime powwow we decided to press on to Muxia. This turned out to be a good decision as we found out later that there were only two buses from Muxia to Santiago, one at 06.45 and the last one at 14.30. This would have given us very little time to explore Muxia if we were walking from Lires the next day.

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Muxia.

When we arrived in Muxia we walked through the town then stopped and had a great lunch at a new hotel. We then walked to the albergue to collect our Muxia Compostela. The albergue was full but we weren’t going to stay there anyway.

We walked back to the hotel where we had lunch, and booked in there, €50.00 for a big double room with a huge balcony and lounger chairs. As it was too cold to lounge out there so we hung the washing on the chairs instead. Nel and a friend of hers booked in here as well.

We had a funny incident in the room where we were staying. Iggy was in the bathroom having his shower and shave, I was lying on my bed writing up my notes for the day when I heard him say stop it, I didn’t pay much heed, after another minute I heard him say sod off, again I didn’t pay much heed. When he came out a few minutes later he asked if I had come into the bathroom while he was shaving, I assured him I had not, then he told me that after he came out of the shower and was drying off someone smacked him on the butt, that was the stop, a short while later it happened again, that was the sod off. I had a good laugh about this until we found out later that the hotel was built on the site of a local woman’s house, Lolo, who was supposed to be a great character in the area, they even named the hotel after her. That’s my brother, he can charm old Texans and ghosts.

Nel, her German friend, who was a really nice guy and a great laugh, and ourselves had a lovely meal out in the port area that night, no pilgrim meal this time, we pushed the boat out, pardon the pun, as it was our last night on the Camino, we are officially finished tomorrow. Nell is heading for Finistera in the morning, she is walking the reverse of our route. Full of good food and wine we fell fast asleep without giving Lolo another thought.

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I could not have wished myself a better walking companion.
And I can say the very same thing!
This last day of the Via de Bayona was a treat - a long stretch of Roman road, and so many wildflowers.
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Lunch in Burgos - bittersweet celebration of our successful walk with fantastic pizza! And then for me there was the task of saying farewell to Sabine, and continuing on to Rabe on the Frances. It made for a slightly long day, but walking in the afternoon when the crowd was thin lessened the shock of merging onto the superhighway.
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30/05/12. Day 41. Muxia. Last Day.

We had a really lovely breakfast in the hotel this morning and afterwards we walked to the Little church of the Virgin of the Boat outside the town at a beautiful headland.

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Santuario da Virxe da Barca.

The day is just beautiful and a great day to finish our Camino. I could stay walking, it’s a simple life, but I miss Jane, the boys and the grand-kids so its time to call a halt and head home. We spent some time at the headland on our own enjoying the moment and thinking our own thoughts.

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We checked out of our hotel, said goodbye to Lolo :) then headed to the port area and had a lovely lunch. The bus that takes us back to Santiago leaves from here.

After Santiago we take a train to Alicante to spend a few days R&R with our brother who lives near there. Jane will meet us there as well.

What a fantastic adventure this was. Thanks to Iggy who put the gun to my head back in February to do this Camino, otherwise I might be still talking about it. We talked a lot on the journey, we became famous for it, we missed turn off's and arrows because of it, people said to us you are the two Irish guys who are always talking, we heard about you along the way.
It was great. Can’t wait to do it again.



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The night of May 27, 2019 while I was in San Nicolás del Real Camino I learned that a friend from home was serving as hospitalera at the municipal albergue in Calzadilla de los Hermanillos - which was the alternative route on my next day's walk! I hadn't planned on going that way, but quickly changed my mind. I loved the little albergue there. Since there were only two other peregrinas and me, we each had a "room" to ourselves, and it was so great to see my friend!
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The next morning I got an early start since it was heating up, and I had a long walk before there was anywhere to stop for breakfast.
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May 31st 2015 - we arrived in Santiago from the Ruta Do Mar (Ribadeo to Ferrol) and the Camino Ingles, our last time into Santiago. Followed by the English Mass on the 1st June and evening prayer. Met @natefaith and @JohnnieWalker and next day @ivar . Happy memories.
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If you were on the Camino on this date in May in a previous year, where were you? I arrived in St Jean Pied de Port on May 10th last year for my fourth Camino, which would take me along the Francés to León, then the Salvador to Oviedo, then I walked to Avilés to connect to the Norte. After reaching Santiago I continued on to Finisterre.

Several threads that I started about dates in May have been combined into one.

When you respond, please mention the date, route you were on and where you walked (or rested) that day. Thanks!

I was one day ahead of you, started on May 9th. On 10th I started from Roncesvalles and finished in Urdaniz, aprox 150m off Camino trail in a very nice private albergue. It rained in the morning, but second part of the day was dry and beautiful.
 
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If you were on the Camino on this date in May in a previous year, where were you? I arrived in St Jean Pied de Port on May 10th last year for my fourth Camino, which would take me along the Francés to León, then the Salvador to Oviedo, then I walked to Avilés to connect to the Norte. After reaching Santiago I continued on to Finisterre.

Several threads that I started about dates in May have been combined into one.

When you respond, please mention the date, route you were on and where you walked (or rested) that day. Thanks!



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If you were on the Camino on this date in May in a previous year, where were you? I arrived in St Jean Pied de Port on May 10th last year for my fourth Camino, which would take me along the Francés to León, then the Salvador to Oviedo, then I walked to Avilés to connect to the Norte. After reaching Santiago I continued on to Finisterre.

Several threads that I started about dates in May have been combined into one.

When you respond, please mention the date, route you were on and where you walked (or rested) that day. Thanks!



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11thof mayb! Merci birthday at La casa del Pescador in Ambasmestas ! I met a Belgian twin lady for breakfast ! I had a few ( twisted candles!)on the bottom of my bag! Irina the Russian owner of the Albergue will h her big smile baked lovely blinis for us !
 

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1 May 2019 Camino Francés - Day 5 Puente la Reina > Estella. After walking through Mañeru the path was then along the gently rolling path between grapevines and olive trees to reach the beautiful hilltop village of Cirauqui. The Noel Coward song “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” came to mind! It was hot! In the evening watched Barcelona v Liverpool on TV 3-0 - no hope for Liverpool in the 2nd game!
 

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On this day May 1, 2017, I climbed up from Vega de Valcarce over the hills to O Cebreiro and beyond. After so much warm weather on the meseta, it was a real surprise. The next day everything was sunny and green😆
 

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I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
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Sorry,
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see if it works now.....
 
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2 May 2019 Camino Francés - Day 6 Estella > Los Arcos. Well obviously I couldn't pass the Fuente del Vino, it would have been rude to decline their hospitality although I only filled my scallop shell so I only had a sip. I took, as most did, the route via Monjardin which was slightly undulating through a pine forest. There were some cliffs a fair way off to the right with cloud formations above. Some of the pilgrims were shouting and trying to get an echo, they failed. A day when I met a few pilgrims that I would spend many happy hours with over the following days including "Andy from Leeds" and "Michael from Germany".
 

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3 May 2019 Camino Francés - Day 7 Los Arcos > Logroňo. I was really getting used to the early morning starts with 18 miles to go today. I had been fortunate with the weather so far, the weather forecast was 70% rain last night but only 20% this morning. Within 10 minutes it was 100%! Grapevines and olive trees beside the track. It is surprising how the locals and the churches allow yellow arrow signs to be painted on their buildings. I had been looking forward to meeting Mari seated under a fig tree, a lovely lady. RIP
 

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May 4, 2015 on The Camino Frances.

It's very foggy here in Brisbane this morning. It was also very foggy and wet on this morning 6 years ago when I realised I was lost, having taken the wrong track up the mountain to O'Cebriero. My only walking companions were these cattle and their handlers (who spoke no English). I laughed at my predicament and just kept on walking and eventually reached my destination, having taken a very big detour. What a great day!
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4 May 2019 Camino Francés - Day 8 Logroňo > Nájera. I went into the Iglesia de la Asunción Church in Navarrete, it was really impressive. You were able to stamp your passport, I had the stamp upside down and stamped my hand, I must have done something bad! I was surprised to find a mobile café in the middle of nowhere just before Ventosa where, for the first time, I met 3 pilgrims that I was able to enjoy their company for the rest of the walk when we met on almost a daily basis. If you happen to read this, thank you for your company, you made my Camino. After a small rocky climb to Alto de San Antón I could see the snow-capped peak of (I think) Peña Prieta.
 

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Such a cold wind when we waited for the Albergue to open, and sitting in the warm sun cheered us all up...

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The youthful liveliness made me suggest and arrange a qeueing and chatter started up as the sun came.
I made a small album:

 

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Such a cold wind when we waited for the Albergue to open, siiting in the warm sun cheered us all up...

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The youthful liveliness made me suggest and arrange a qeueing and chatter started up as the sun came.
I made a small album:

I saw your pictures. On all of my caminos I don't ever recall being in a queue waiting...but I walk slow.
 
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Putting my foot in the miraculous footprint of Santa Mariña de Augas, with hopes (sadly not realised) of curing all foot pain - near Allariz, Ourense, 5 May 2017. As google translates the legend:

"Tradition is born linked to the existence and martyrdom of Mariña who resists the wishes of a prefect in the City of Armea, named Olibrio, who used all kinds of strategies to defeat her resistance, including chain, judgment and punishment. But nothing worked before the iron will of the girl, neither the whip, nor the devil in the form of a dragon... Condemned to die burned in a nearby oven, she will come out alive thanks to St. Peter who left her next to a pond."

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5 May 2019 Camino Francés - Day 9 Nájera > Santo Domingo de la Calzada. I felt really good today as I ambled along knowing that it was an easy day. An early arrival with an entertaining meal with six other pilgrims outside in the sun at the Titanic Bar.
 

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Monday 6 May 2019 Camino Francés - Day 10 Santo Domingo de la Calzada > Belorado. I met a guy from London who had been walking around Europe for 4 years and he was now on his way to walk back to Calais. We chatted for about 20 minutes about many things including (sorry to mention it) Brexit. He started the walk at 17 stone and was now about 13! Had a really good pilgrims meal in the evening, the waitress kept filling my glass with red wine – it would have been rude to stop her!
 

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7 May 2019 Camino Francés - Day 11 Belorado > Atapuerca. A long day for me so I had set off at a good pace that was made easier as it was a bit chilly passing the Hermitage of the Virgin of the Rock and the Ruins of the monastery of San Felices Apse. Stopping off at a truck-stop café in Villafranca Montes de Oca for my daily tortilla de patatas! A further brief stop at the Memorial for the Republicans executed in the civil war “It was not their deaths, but the manner of their deaths that was senseless. May they rest in peace”. In the evening I ate at the Hotel Papasol in Atapuerca with an American couple, we would meet frequently over the next few days until they took a rest day.
 

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May 7th--spring walking is good for me

2005 Burgos:

by bus from Santo Domingo Calzada with injured hiking companion. Stayed at now closed El Parral Municipal (crowded 100 beds, 8 showers, 8 toilets) in the park exiting Burgos. Nice dinner in the nearby University with American exchange students.



2006 St Privat:

first stop on LePuy route. Hosts had met on prior Camino, left Paris, got married, bought a gite. Great communal meal. email home “Since the gîte was a new one, they asked pilgrims to pay whatever they wanted. Since it was our first night as pilgrims, we did not have a clue, so we left 60_ for two for the room, dinner, and pdj. It was about right experience would show. Demi-pensions (room, dinner, and breakfast) were generally in the 24-28_ range.”



2007 Los Arcos:

email home: “Still poking along at 20 km per day and enjoying the cafes and rolling hills and vineyards. Knee doesn’t like downhills which is a new and annoying experience that may be fixed by some Vitamin I--they sell here in 600 and 900mg doses. Lots of English speaking so far, and there isn’t a bed race yet. last night in Los Arcos was only 80%full--but the warden, a long time American expat, said that the night before they had to turn away 18 pilgrims. So, looks like we are riding a great wave for now.”



2013 Gite d’etape Trigodina:

on LePuy route; my longest and favorite camino at 70 days from LePuy to Santiago; completely magical the whole way.
 

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8 May 2019 Camino Francés - Day 12 Atapuerca > Burgos. The stony path onto the Matagrande Plain led to the wooden cross at the top where the very heavy rain was stinging my face. After descending it was then a very long straight road through the industrial area. Because of the weather I decided to take the direct route rather than the alternative although by the time I reached Burgos the rain has stopped. The truth is I missed the place where I should have turned off with "my head to the wind/rain"! Having received a message from my sister "good result last night" I Googled the Liverpool score to find that they had beaten Barcelona 4-0! A poor day changed into a good afternoon when I bumped into “Michael from Germany” in the Plaza de Santa María. “Andy from Leeds” arrived so the three of us sat down in the sun and had a "couple" of beers. A young lad, Sam from Liverpool, who had been sitting reading his bible chatted with us, not about religion but football! An impressive young lad/man.
 

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May 8, 2016

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May 8 in France is a national holiday
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commemorating the end of WW2,
May 8, 1945, in Europe; throughout France each village holds a brief ceremony.

One pilgrim who had stayed at our pilgrim place attended the ceremony in 2016.

...May we all continue to remember
 
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9 May 2019 Camino Francés - Day 13 Burgos > Hornillos del Camino. I returned to the cathedral to take some more photos and then found the Camino route out of Burgos more by luck than judgement. Today was the first day on the Meseta apparently it can be very hot in the summer - it transpired it can also be very hot in May! I didn't record too much today apart from stops to eat and drink! In the evening I ate with a couple from America and another couple from Hungerford who had just started their walk having walked the first part before
 

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If you were on the Camino on this date in May in a previous year, where were you? I arrived in St Jean Pied de Port on May 10th last year for my fourth Camino, which would take me along the Francés to León, then the Salvador to Oviedo, then I walked to Avilés to connect to the Norte. After reaching Santiago I continued on to Finisterre.

Several threads that I started about dates in May have been combined into one.

When you respond, please mention the date, route you were on and where you walked (or rested) that day. Thanks!



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On May 11th 2011 , I walked into Santiago having started in SJPdP 32 days earlier. Start of my love affair with the camino
27 caminos later i am still planning and now aged 73 years young not slowing down
please remember the many pilgrims who died of COVID 19 in past 15 months

i lost 3 dear pilgrim friends to COVID May they rest in Peace
 

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10 May 2019 Camino Francés - Day 14 Hornillos del Camino > Castrojeriz. Just after setting off, it threw it down with rain for an hour whilst I was ascending back up to the Meseta! A bit later the path was the worst of the whole walk. The track was red sticky mud that had to be cleared off the soles of my walking shoes very frequently. Will I never learn, entering Hontanas I decided not to stop at the first bar, a minute later I had walked through the hamlet and not found another one. On the way out of Hontanas there was a sign showing 248 miles to Santiago, they must have transposed the figures as there were about 284 miles to go. Passing San Antón I continued and a little while later I reached Castrojeriz my stop for the night. A very good evening sitting with 10 others outside a bar El Meson sampling the beverages.
 

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Harland2019

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11 May 2019 Camino Francés - Day 15 Hornillos del Camino > Frómista. As I set off the path could be seen ascending to the table mountain of Alto de Mostelares. Just after Ermita of San Nicolás I came to the eleven arched Puente de Itero over the Pisuerga River. The church at Boadilla del Camino had numerous storks nesting on the roof, one of the nests must have been at least three feet tall. It was then quite a long walk on the canal towpath and hard on my feet in my walking shoes that were disintegrating more by the day. I then took a walk around the outside of the church at Frómista where "Andy from Leeds", who was sitting outside a bar, spotted me and called me across for a beer(s!) (I seem to have mentioned these excursions before!).
 

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