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23rd day. Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo

Saturday 2013-05-04

Walked from Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo, 31 km

Started at 07:10 and finished at 15:00

Total distance covered: 596,5 km

Remaining distance: 180,5 km

 

Early start as usual. Meta from Germany and I started together, walking the city of Ponferrada. The markings in this city is really poor. Last time I walked I got lost and so we did this time as well. We had to ask for directions to find our way out of the city.

Came to a town called Fuenta Nuevas, where you could see two stork nests on top of the church tower.

We came to a town called Cacabelos, where we found a nice restaurent for lunch. There we met Sanya from Finland and a girl from Austria we met yesterday. She has walked all the way from Valenica, 670 km before connected to Astorga.

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Sitting around the table is Austrian girl, Sanya and Meta (my walking friend the last 4 days).

We finally found our Albergue de la Piedra on the other side of the bridge.

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22nd day. Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca

Friday 2013-05-03

Walked from Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca, 25 km

Started at 07:10 and finished at 14:00

Total distance covered: 565,5 km

Remaining distance: 211,5 km

The albergue in Rabanal del Camino is on 1150 m altitude. Meta and I started to walk uphill. Suddenly Meta told me that my backpack and I was all wet. I stopped and checked. My waterbag had leaked out over one liter of water, so all my stuff was wet. Nothing to do about this then. We continued to an albergue in Foncebadon for a coffee. This albergue is located on 1440 m altitude and is the highest albergue on the whole camino.

Then we continued to Cruz de Ferro, which is the iron cross where you supposed to drop a stone from home. It is on 1504 m altitude. This mountain is the highest point on the camino.

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After the top came a 15 km long stretch downhill. Actually s drop of 1000 meters. We walked on the road instead of the gravel path, which is quite strenious when it is steep. As we came down the weather improved and was really nice when we came to the albergue in Molinaseca. Same place as I stayed last time.

The albergue is called Santa Marina.

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21st day. Villares de Orbigo to Rabanal del Camino

Thursday 2013-05-02

Walked from Villares de Orbigo to Rabanal del Camino, 34 km

Started at 07:20 and finished at 15:00

Total distance covered: 541,0 km

Remaining distance: 236,0 km

Enjoyed the small albergue in Villares de Orbigo. A young couple started this albergue last year and are still building it. Decided to walk direct to Astorga and have lunch there.

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After lunch I continues to the famous building in Astorga desgined by the architect Gaudi. The building is known as Bishop’s Palace.

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Today I walked with Meta from Germany. We have stayed at the same albergues a couple of nights. We decied to meet in Rabala del Camino. This is the same place I got the treatment for my leg last time.

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It was a very cold night and we got extra blankets for the night.

20th day. La Virgen del Camino to Villares de Orbigo

Wednesday 2013-05-01

Walked from La Virgen del Camino to Villares de Orbigo, 29,5 km

Started at 07:10 and finished at 13:45

Total distance covered: 507,0 km

Remaining distance: 270,0 km

My ribproblem is getting better. Last night I really slept well and woke up already 05:30. Took it easy stayed in bed and went up 06:20. My finnish friend Sanya said we could have breakfast together. She made some tea and went to the fridge to take her sandwich, but it was not there. She got very upset. I gave her a piece of my bread. We decided to meet up in Villares de Orbigo, about 30 km walk for today.

No rain today and the sun came up. It was a nice walk. I had my first coffee after 9 km, about two hours from star. I came to the bar at 09:00 and it was not open. Thye man heard me pull the door and cam and opened the bar. Orange juice and coffee tasted good.

Later I passed Vilar de Mazarife, where I stayed on my latest Camino.

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Now a long walk until I found my next stop in Villavante. I stopped for a beer.

Walked through the town of Orbigo, which has the longest and best preserved medieval bridge in Spain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93rbigo

At 13:45 I finally arrived to the Albergue in Villares de Orbigo.

We had a nice dinner together.

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19th day. Mansilla de las Mulas to La Virgen del Camino

Tuesday 2013-04-30

Walked from Mansilla de las Mulas to La Virgen del Camino, 27,5 km

Started at 07:10 and finished at 13:45

Total distance covered: 488,5 km

Remaining distance: 298,5 km

My 19th day is the first day of rain. After walking a couple of kilometers in drizzle I decided to pull out my new rain poncho, which I bought in SJPdP. I am really satisfied with it. It covers the backpack and have long arms. It gives good protection.

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Today the goal for many pilgrims was Leon, but I just stopped for a drink and continued on. It was only 5 degrees, so when I finally arrived to La Virgen del Camino it was nice to take a hot shower.

I haven’t taken any pictures lately, but it is little complicated when you have the rain poncho. I will try to improve this.

18th day. El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas

Monday 2013-04-29

Walked from El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas, 19,0 km

Started at 07:40 and finished at 12:00

Total distance covered: 451 km

Remaining distance: 326 km

I slept well in my single room. Went to the cafe downstairs and had coffee and juice. Had to walk 13 km on the senda before there was a cafe, where I could stop for a break.

Came to Mansilla de las Mulas. Planned to stop for lunch only at an albergue, but it looked OK so I ecied to stay for the night even though it was only 12:00. They had a deal with 20€ for bed, dinner and breakfast. There were several people I met before, so we had a nice evening together.

17th day. Terradillos de los Templarios to El Burgo Ranero

Sunday 2013-04-28

Walked from Terradillos de los Templarios to El Burgo Ranero, 31,7 km

Started at 07:00 and finished at 14:30

Total distance covered: 432,0 km

Remaining distance: 345,0 km

I am walking alone since Burgos. Started early. Weather is cold, but no rain. The next three days I will be walking on what is called “senda”. This is the gravel path beside the highway. It looks like this:

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When there is traffic I plug in my iPhone and listen to a book. The book lasts 2-3 days.

Later in the day I stopped in Bercianos del Real Camino at a new pilgrim cafe with WiFi. Had a beer and a toast. Called Mariann.
Last time I walked I stayed in a small hotel in this town, but now I decided to walk another 8 km.My ribproblem is still bugging me. I called a classmate, who is a doctor. She told me there is nothing you can do. Just eat painkillers.

In the afternoon I arrived to El Burgo Ranero. I took a single room there for 25€. I thought that was a good deal. I t had asmall bathtub I could enjoy.