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LIVE from the Camino Two donkeys, two dogs and my wife's cat

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Nomad Pack

Palm Oil = Dead Orangutan's
Camino(s) past & future
Everywhere with Donkeys and Dogs
Rained last night and on and off today. Slept under a church roof for the night so only the donkeys got wet. I wanted to walk my mountain ridge to avoid another accent but the wind and rain would have been tougher up there not to mention the mud. So opted for a 10 km decent with a bar at the end of the valley. So a boccadillo and coffee to refuel and one last climb before dropping back down to my house. Should take only a few more hours and I'm done. Sorry no battery so no photos, tomorrow I'll post some once I got my generator from the neighbour.
 

Nomad Pack

Palm Oil = Dead Orangutan's
Camino(s) past & future
Everywhere with Donkeys and Dogs
Good morning. After leaving the bar where i last posted I should have had a 3 hour max scramble over my mountain. Instead I thought of making a short cut half way up, wasn't such a bad idea, but eventually climbing through the maze of limestone rocks sticking out of the ground and watching several boulders fly down the mountain vannii decided it was enough and refused to climb any more. It was by this point at 7:30pm, all of us covered in mud except of course the Buddha that I had to give in to vannii, it was frustrating as she only had to climb another 50meters to clear the top and reach the track I knew was there. But when she says no it's hard to change her mind. Pissed off and shouting at the mountains I led the pack back down to the mud path and then the heavens attacked us with hail stones followed by dropping a lake on us. We finally started the decent to my house in the cold, wet and pitch black dark. An hour and half walking down the steep and slippery trail we were all soaked and I could no longer feel my hands. It stopped raining within ten minutes of getting to the house. Just my luck after a week of perfect weather.
Past two days been getting the wagon ready and doing some practice with vannii. I didn't plan to stay long here but now it's the weekend I think it's better to wait til Monday with less traffic on the roads for our first true outing. I still have some concerns over the weight of the wagon but until I've done a few days with vannii I'm really not gonna know what she is capable of pulling up a hill. No matter, I can always ask a farmer to pull it up for me if it's too steep.
Very sad to be back at my beautiful home, many memories and hard work done here, if I had some hippy friends to live with here I would never have left. I have so much here like my own river, tones of land and forest etc etc. Perfect place for self sufficient living. Hopefully I'll find some people traveling who would like to come and make a go of it.
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019
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My home valley, if you can make out the winding river my house is somewhere next to it
Sorry to hear about you getting caught in the storm. Beautiful area to have a house. Wish you luck training vannii. 😊 Im sure a couple days at the old home will be good. I hope someone good will have a go at your old house. To protect and care for it. I will be in Bilboa tomorrow. Had to cut my walking short one of My knee brace strap broke , the one that goes behind my knee so I will try to fix it in Bilboa.
 

chinacat

Veteran Member
Sorry to hear about you getting caught in the storm. Beautiful area to have a house. Wish you luck training vannii. 😊 Im sure a couple days at the old home will be good. I hope someone good will have a go at your old house. To protect and care for it. I will be in Bilboa tomorrow. Had to cut my walking short one of My knee brace strap broke , the one that goes behind my knee so I will try to fix it in Bilboa.
😕 Hope that didn’t happen too far from town!!
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019
😕 Hope that didn’t happen too far from town!!
It was around my ankle just as I hit the bottom of the hill.. god was with me the casa rural Garro was just beyond but I didn’t know it. I saw a house and some people so I stopped to ask where is it. it was the guy Jose angel 😮and he said said it’s here ..😁. Jose is a famous ex jai lai player and famous sculpted very nice man. I felt blessed and over joyed ... Munitibar was at least 1 more km away down hill . He even drove me into to town for dinner. 😊 I truly had an angel this day
 

anivid

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago (2017)
Good morning. After leaving the bar where i last posted I should have had a 3 hour max scramble over my mountain. Instead I thought of making a short cut half way up, wasn't such a bad idea, but eventually climbing through the maze of limestone rocks sticking out of the ground and watching several boulders fly down the mountain vannii decided it was enough and refused to climb any more. It was by this point at 7:30pm, all of us covered in mud except of course the Buddha that I had to give in to vannii, it was frustrating as she only had to climb another 50meters to clear the top and reach the track I knew was there. But when she says no it's hard to change her mind. Pissed off and shouting at the mountains I led the pack back down to the mud path and then the heavens attacked us with hail stones followed by dropping a lake on us. We finally started the decent to my house in the cold, wet and pitch black dark. An hour and half walking down the steep and slippery trail we were all soaked and I could no longer feel my hands. It stopped raining within ten minutes of getting to the house. Just my luck after a week of perfect weather.
Past two days been getting the wagon ready and doing some practice with vannii. I didn't plan to stay long here but now it's the weekend I think it's better to wait til Monday with less traffic on the roads for our first true outing. I still have some concerns over the weight of the wagon but until I've done a few days with vannii I'm really not gonna know what she is capable of pulling up a hill. No matter, I can always ask a farmer to pull it up for me if it's too steep.
Very sad to be back at my beautiful home, many memories and hard work done here, if I had some hippy friends to live with here I would never have left. I have so much here like my own river, tones of land and forest etc etc. Perfect place for self sufficient living. Hopefully I'll find some people traveling who would like to come and make a go of it.
It seems Vannii's protecting you from following whims after bar visit - good you have her :)
 

Nomad Pack

Palm Oil = Dead Orangutan's
Camino(s) past & future
Everywhere with Donkeys and Dogs
Almost ready to depart. Got the wagon now looking and behaving well. Bear in mind I've done all of it with no power tools and with little experience i think I've done pretty well. Apart from the damned breaks which I can't get to pull strong enough to stop the wheels much. That's my biggest concern, if or when I'll have some money the first thing will be to stop in a garage and have a professional fix the breaks properly.
I'm quite anxious about departing, partly because I always get like this before leaving but mainly because this is a big change to what I'm used to and until I've done a few days I'm constantly thinking how vannii will be. The biggest worry is going downhill. Without useful breaks it's all on Vannii and if she doesn't stay focused things can go wrong. I'll be taking everything very slowly and easy.
I'm lying in the wagon now whilst writing this and it's certainly going to be fantastic way to travel and live if it works out. Otherwise I have two options to solve the problem but again it requires those dreadful paper tickets. 1: I sell nomad and get a horse to pull the wagon. Although I really don't want to sell him, but I can't handle 3 equines. 2: I get a garage to fit a small motor to the wagon to assist vannii. But that will cost much more and I'll need to add front wheels to fix the weight balance.
Basically I now need a job, I hope I find something along the way, or I'll just start carving wood and sell it from the wagon lol.
Wish me luck
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
Farmers are pretty versatile at making stuff work. Perhaps the chap you met last week, and invited you to stay on your return, can help you with the brakes.

Good luck on the next stage of your journey.
 

igailfh

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Português, Camino de Tejo (Fatima)
Almost ready to depart. Got the wagon now looking and behaving well. Bear in mind I've done all of it with no power tools and with little experience i think I've done pretty well. Apart from the damned breaks which I can't get to pull strong enough to stop the wheels much. That's my biggest concern, if or when I'll have some money the first thing will be to stop in a garage and have a professional fix the breaks properly.
I'm quite anxious about departing, partly because I always get like this before leaving but mainly because this is a big change to what I'm used to and until I've done a few days I'm constantly thinking how vannii will be. The biggest worry is going downhill. Without useful breaks it's all on Vannii and if she doesn't stay focused things can go wrong. I'll be taking everything very slowly and easy.
I'm lying in the wagon now whilst writing this and it's certainly going to be fantastic way to travel and live if it works out. Otherwise I have two options to solve the problem but again it requires those dreadful paper tickets. 1: I sell nomad and get a horse to pull the wagon. Although I really don't want to sell him, but I can't handle 3 equines. 2: I get a garage to fit a small motor to the wagon to assist vannii. But that will cost much more and I'll need to add front wheels to fix the weight balance.
Basically I now need a job, I hope I find something along the way, or I'll just start carving wood and sell it from the wagon lol.
Wish me luck
NP, I hope you can get the brakes done properly, it will sure make it better for Vanni. So good that you built the wagon yourself! All good thoughts & best hopes for this next stage of your journey.
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019
Haven’t heard from you and missed you in Santona so Heading to San Miguel de Mereulo today. Hope I see you along the way
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019
How are you, @Iriebabel?


NP’s silence is a cause for some concern ....
perhaps his mobile has stopped working for some reason .....🤔
I’m doing ok thanks ..feet hurt a bit that is expected with a heel spur and knee issues. After a day of walking I literally can’t stand until I get at least 15 minutes with then TENS unit and do some stretch and foot massage. Next day I feel ok as long as I use thick moleskin and physio tape to add extra padding. I posted more pix under the thread live from the Norte . I’m enjoying every minute though. 😊tomorrow a tour in pecos Europa and Santo Toribio monestery up In The Cantabria high mountains.

Yes I was a bit concerned as nomad was looking forward to the meeting too. Hope he is ok maybe you are correct with phone issues.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Re nomadpack: sometimes we just have to wait, and maybe never find out. I guess in this case it is 50-50! That is clearly me hedging my bets! There is one member who went off the radar without a trace last year. I just keep him/her in my heart and hope that whatever caused the silence was for the good. Don’t give up on making contact, Iriebabel. And have a great day.
 

Nomad Pack

Palm Oil = Dead Orangutan's
Camino(s) past & future
Everywhere with Donkeys and Dogs
Hello everyone

I'm back from the dead.

Man o man what a six months its been...

I don't even know where to start... I guess the beginning but then I never meant to end anything in the first place.
Well some of you guessed right... Phone issues, or more exactly my own stupidity.
All that time ago I was almost ready to set out again, and then one morning I went to the river next to my house to check my fish trap, and I got so excited seeing a big fat Samon waiting for me that in my haste to take a picture I dropped the bloody phone in the river, I tried to retrieve it but the current must have taken it for a ride and now I guess its floating around the Atlantic somewhere. I didn't have any money to buy another phone either so I let things be and pretended I was back in the 90's.

I appreciate peoples concern. In the end I decided the wagon wasn't going to be safe enough, I couldn't get the brakes to work well without any proper tools and although Vannii was fine pulling it along, going downhill can be dangerous without real brakes and I wasn't prepared to let Vannii cope with the strain of holding the weight back... one slip and things would get ugly.

So two weeks later we all set off in the opposite direction of what I'd planned with Vannii packed and Buddha sitting on top as usual.
We crossed over the Cantabrian mountains in search of the Rio Ebro, passing Logrono, Zaragoza and Teruel and after two and a half months of spending six hours every afternoon sleeping in the shade we finally arrived to the mountains of Castellon in Valencia.

Not my ideal destination and I must say I don't like it here one bit, but my "partner" had found a job for me so I didn't have much choice in the matter.
I've been here for a couple of months now working eight hour days and in another month I will finally finish and have my freedom back.

However, one big bonus is that I know a guy...
He's spent years travelling around Spain with two mules and a big wagon so I've finally met someone who has more experience in these matters than myself.
Him and another friend are helping me to build the perfect custom donkey pulled caravan, something of a dream for me as the constant packing and unpacking of my equipment does get tedious.

I've been struggling a lot recently with being lonely so I got my laptop sent to me in the post as writing on here always cheered me up somewhat. I'm also attempting to build a website to showcase my adventures and maybe make a bit of money to support my travels but still learning how to do it well, I hope to have it up and running by the end of the month.

I'll post some pics of the walk down here, I don't have as many as I would have liked as the GoPro isn't particularly good at taking pictures, I just sort of point it in the right direction and hope it captures what i'm looking at.

As always, feel free to bombard me with questions, I'm happy to answer.

Till next time...
 

AndreaCT

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Fall 2016 Camino Frances to Leon
Fall 2017 Camino Frances to Finisterre
May 2019 Portuguese
Hey!!! So nice to see you back! I've been wondering how things have been going with you and your family. How is Buddha doing? Still scrapping with the locals?
 

Nomad Pack

Palm Oil = Dead Orangutan's
Camino(s) past & future
Everywhere with Donkeys and Dogs
Hey!!! So nice to see you back! I've been wondering how things have been going with you and your family. How is Buddha doing? Still scrapping with the locals?
Alas Buddha was quite content in the mountains we having been staying at, for a month and a half he seemed happy enough, the only other cats around were his two sons.
Then two weeks ago he decided to go on his own adventure.
The house is in an abandoned village in the mountains three kilometers from Zucaina, the nearest town, so I was pretty sure he wouldn't wander off to look for a fight, especially as he doesn't know where the town is. I've looked everywhere for him and still haven't seen him.
I'm not giving up hope, he could be in the other village but I haven't had the chance to go there and look yet.
He wouldn't be in the forest as there's very little water around here and I don't think anything could have eaten him because everywhere you look are pine trees he can climb and he's too quick for a fox.
Who knows... Its upset me obviously that hes gone but he makes his choices. He's a good hunter so I know he can feed himself. I'll just have to wait and see if he turns up.
 

chinacat

Veteran Member
So good to see you back on here and to know that your (temporary) absence was down to issues with your phone (or lack of it 😉)
The caravan idea sounds perfect for you and your ‘troupe’... and it must have been something else to have met a fellow nomad!
You must miss Buddha ... I seem to remember you said he was your partner’s cat (?) ... but I’m sure he’ll be back, eventually - he probably just misses being on the move - and anyway, he’ll be able to find food, whether by scavenging or by hunting.

Looking forward to seeing your website, too ... 🙂

... and thanks for those beautiful photos of the mountains 😄
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Hi Nomad,
I have thought about you periodically and wondered how you were. I am sad for you that Budda has left and hope he returns.
How fascinating that you are making a custom wagon and I will look forward to photos when it's finished.
So nice you are well and have given us an update. Will look forward to more reports as you have time to write.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
Alas Buddha was quite content in the mountains we having been staying at, for a month and a half he seemed happy enough, the only other cats around were his two sons.
Then two weeks ago he decided to go on his own adventure.
The house is in an abandoned village in the mountains three kilometers from Zucaina, the nearest town, so I was pretty sure he wouldn't wander off to look for a fight, especially as he doesn't know where the town is. I've looked everywhere for him and still haven't seen him.
I'm not giving up hope, he could be in the other village but I haven't had the chance to go there and look yet.
He wouldn't be in the forest as there's very little water around here and I don't think anything could have eaten him because everywhere you look are pine trees he can climb and he's too quick for a fox.
Who knows... Its upset me obviously that hes gone but he makes his choices. He's a good hunter so I know he can feed himself. I'll just have to wait and see if he turns up.
Hello Nomad Pack,
Only the other day I was thinking about "the pack" and like
everyone else, I've been wondering where you've been ......great to see you back.

Hope Budda finds his way home. He's a smart cat and as the saying goes"he knows which side his bread is buttered on"
Thank you for the photos
Annette
 

AndreaCT

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Fall 2016 Camino Frances to Leon
Fall 2017 Camino Frances to Finisterre
May 2019 Portuguese
Alas Buddha was quite content in the mountains we having been staying at, for a month and a half he seemed happy enough, the only other cats around were his two sons.
Then two weeks ago he decided to go on his own adventure.
The house is in an abandoned village in the mountains three kilometers from Zucaina, the nearest town, so I was pretty sure he wouldn't wander off to look for a fight, especially as he doesn't know where the town is. I've looked everywhere for him and still haven't seen him.
I'm not giving up hope, he could be in the other village but I haven't had the chance to go there and look yet.
He wouldn't be in the forest as there's very little water around here and I don't think anything could have eaten him because everywhere you look are pine trees he can climb and he's too quick for a fox.
Who knows... Its upset me obviously that hes gone but he makes his choices. He's a good hunter so I know he can feed himself. I'll just have to wait and see if he turns up.
I'm sorry to hear that Buddha is missing! I trust that he is adventuring and will return to where his family is. We had a local cat who visited people who fed him. One couldn't pick him up or get too close, but he was happy to eat any food that came his way. I put up notices to try and find his family and a woman phoned me to say that she used to feed him and she last saw him about a year ago. She was pleased to see that he was still around and connecting with people.
 

igailfh

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Português, Camino de Tejo (Fatima)
Wow! So marvellous to hear from you at last, Nomad Pack, & to know you're still a pack. I hope Buddha turns up laughing. A donkey pulled caravan sounds awesome, but will have to be quite light I would imagine. How are the donkeys & dogs? I'm so glad you're okay & online again!
 
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