North America, Europe · 48 Days · 127 Moments · May 2018

Edwin's tour through Spain


5 July 2018

Sunset at ‘the end of the world.’

4 July 2018

Fin da Ruta Xacobea.
Arrived in Muxia after 569 miles (919 km) in 37 days of walking!!! Worth every step. But, I am super tired now!
On the way to Lires.

3 July 2018

Local flora.

2 July 2018

Day 36 and walking north to Lires today and to Mucia the day after. Ate excellent ‘pulpo’ in the famous Alara Restaurante known for the way they prepare the octopus.
The lighthouse and kilometer marker at 00.000 which signifies the end of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Total of 889 km from St. Jean Pied de Port to Finesterre.

1 July 2018

Day 35 on the Camino de Santiago and reached Finesterre which is the end of the Camino.
First sighting of the Atlantic Ocean on the 35th day on the Camino.
Getting close to Finesterre.

29 June 2018

28 June 2018

Continuing on to Finesterre which is another 89 km (55 miles) away.

27 June 2018

View in ‘Panoramic’ mode.
Santiago Cathedral.
Arrived in Santiago after walking 800 km (480 miles) in 31 days.

26 June 2018

Melide, Spain.
Fruits that are now in season in northern Spain.

25 June 2018

Portomarin, Spain
Day 29. Early start around 5:30 a.m. from Ferreiros, Spain.

24 June 2018

There’s a Father and son, age 9, doing the Camino together. The Dad ends up carrying his son’s pack. There is also a couple who have completed the 500-mile Camino and are now backtracking.
Sarria, Spain.
I met Pilgrims who set up tent-sites on the Camino. They are from Belgium, Italy, and Denmark. The water are clear and I and the other Pilgrims have been driking from the stream water from fountains without filtration and boiling.
Day 28 and walked about 700 km (420 miles) so far. Stayed in Samos, Spain.

22 June 2018

Skateboarding Pilgrim and his dog. If it is too hot during the day, the dog does not want to walk, so, they walk under the moonlight all night and sleep during the day.
I usually wake up at 5:00 am and get on the Camino by 6:00 am. This Villafranca del Bierzo.

21 June 2018

Stayed in a rural hotel in Villagranca del Bierzo.
Day 25 - I started around 6:00 a.m. in Ponferrada and after 25 km stopped walking and found lodging in Villafranca del Bierzo. Thus, in 25 days, I have walked more than 600 km.

20 June 2018

Left a rock to symbolize leaving all my burdens in life on the Cruz de Fiero.
Day 24. Left the Convent lodging early to be at Cruz de Fiero at sunrise. This is the highest point on the Camino.

19 June 2018

Day 23 on the Camino and lodging in the Convent in Foncebadon.
Early morning start out of Astorga with 26 km to walk until Foncebadon.

18 June 2018

My lodging on the 22nd evening on the Camino. I have a room with a balcony overlooking the Plaza de Espana.
Lunch break with Pilgrims from Denmark, Holland, Italy, Brazil, and Belgium.
Approaching Astorga.
Day 22 on the Camino. Cool in the morning around 13 and hot by noon around 26 degrees. Most of the Camino was single track with overgrown wild flowers and grass.

17 June 2018

Decisions, decisions, decisions...
She is 17years old and just graduated from high school. Her grandpa is 62 years young. What an experience of a lifetime for them.
Day 21 and walked more than 500 km so far.
Sunny day.
Early morning departure from Leon, Spain.

16 June 2018

Saturday sunset at around 10:00 pm in Leon and folks are still out and about.
Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters in Leon, Spain.
Collections in the Gaudi Museum.
Gaudi Museum.
Monastery of the Benedictinas Sisters offering lodging for all Pilgrims for hundreds of years.
In full bloom now in Spain.
Day 20 on the Camino. Completed 470 km out of the 800 km Pilgrimage and now I have only 330 km to walk. Today was an easy 20 km. Checked in for lodging with the Benedictinas Monastery in Leon, Spain.

15 June 2018

Different lodging choices for the Pilgrims: hotels, hostals, pensiones, casas rural, private albergues, and municipal albergues.
Village of Mansilla de las Mulas.
Fellow Pilgrim from South Korea and we are both 62 years old. In 19 days, I have walked 480 km, so far.
Another day closer to Santiago.
Day 19.

14 June 2018

Day 18. Walked 32 km today past Sahagun Mostly flat terrain.
Keeping a 4 km per hour pace. Thank goodness for the visionary locals who planted the hundreds of trees in this 10 km flat stretch on the Camino. The shade provides a much needed shelter from the sun. Hardly any vehicle drove by.
A Pilgrim left his boots on this Camino marker and I’ve seen several over the past days. A Pilgrim I met from Germany was wearing an all-leather mountaineering high cut boots that she mailed back home and bought a lighter trail shoes. I have a low-cut Merrel ‘Moab’ non-Goretex pair that is a full inch size bigger and extra wide. Works great for this 500-mile walk/hike.

13 June 2018

Day 17 and I walked 34 km in about 8 hours. Cool in the morning and overcast skies all day.

12 June 2018

On day 16 in Fromista, there are 413 km left to go before arriving in Santiago.
“Sellos” or official stamps collected from day 1 to day 16. Only 410 kilometers to Santiago.
‘Casa Rural’ lodging for Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
Cool day with temps in the mid 50’s. Foggy in the early morning then overcast skies until early afternoon. Sunny now in late afternoon. Sunset around 10:00 pm.
Day 16 and I walked 29 km in 7 hours averaging about 4 km per hour including breaks for breakfast and lunch. The morning started at around 6:00 am with a steep climb for about 2 hours which is a great way to get the heart pumping.

11 June 2018

Beautiful scenery today. Day 15 and I covered 20 kms in 5 hours which is a decent pace for me.
I light candles in the many Catholic churches along The Camino.
Catholic missalettes in different languages.

10 June 2018

Musical entertainment after the Pilgrims’ dinner.
Pilgrim’s meal.
At Hornillos del Camino which is about a third of the way to Santiago. Eva is a pancreatic cancer survivor and doing the Camino to celebrate life.
Day 14 on the Camino.

9 June 2018

Stayed overnight in Burgos, Spain.
This was a tough climb on rocky terrain.

8 June 2018

Fellow Pilgrims enjoying the Camino.

7 June 2018

Every day is a blessing on the Camino.

6 June 2018

Making friends on the Camino.
Pleasant walk every day.

5 June 2018

Raining around 6:30 a.m. when I left the city of Logrono and it was cloudy and cool all day. Perfect day for a 30 km brisk walking on the Camino.

4 June 2018

Logrono, Spain.
Signs on the Camino pointing to Santiago which is the destination of the Pilgrimage.
From Los Arcos to Logrono.

3 June 2018

Village of Sansol, Spain.
Free wine for all Pilgrims.
Distance covered on Sunday, my 7th day on the Camino, which is the farthest I’ve walked in a single on the Pilgrimage.
All made of fresh flowers artistically arranged in Estella, Spain

2 June 2018

1 June 2018

Pilgrims’ Monument.

30 May 2018

29 May 2018

28 May 2018

Day 1 covered 8 km mostly uphill climbing the Pyrenees. First night on the Camino in the Orisson Albergue.
Started the Camino at 7:00 am in St. Jean Piec de Port in France. Slow climb up the Pyrenees Mountain.

27 May 2018

These pilgrims from Slovenia are bicyling the Camino.
Beautiful scenes in St. Jean Pied de Port.
After Catholic mass in French. Deacon Noel Hinerth would have appreciated the service.
Day before I start my Camino.
Spent the night in the Albergue. Met Maiken and saw her again on Day 18 past Sahagun.

26 May 2018

24 May 2018

19 May 2018

On the way to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.