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A personal journey along the Camino de Santiago

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2nd of June – Time no longer stands still | Ventas de Narón to Palas de Rei

2nd of June – Time no longer stands still | Ventas de Narón to Palas de Rei

Rob The Traveller

It’s another sunny day as I’m on the road by 7:45. I’m walking through pine woods to the sound of the birds. But of course there are a few more pilgrims on the road these days. It’s funny how perceptions change in terms of time and distance during these final days. Up until this point, I didn’t really think too much about how long I have been walking, or how far I had walked.

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1st of June – Another Lesson? | Portomarin to Ventas de Narón

1st of June – Another Lesson? | Portomarin to Ventas de Narón

Rob The Traveller

I’m about 8 kilometers from Portomarin, so I only have another 4 or 5 kilometers to go today. The road has been very busy so far today, but as normal, I’m falling back through the groups of pilgrims until I don’t really see anyone else behind me. This generally means that I’ll have quite a peaceful journey from here.

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31st of May – The Start of the Final Hundred

31st of May – The Start of the Final Hundred

Rob The Traveller

Finally I’m within a hundred kilometers of Santiago. I set out from the albergue at about 8 a.m., again, it’s a beautiful day, slightly overcast, which is good, because it won’t be too hot. The first part is through a little valley with a beautiful old church. I paused to reflect a moment. The only sound, the dogs barking across the little valley and a couple of horses in a nearby field.

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30th of May – Leaving O Cebreiro

30th of May – Leaving O Cebreiro

Rob The Traveller

I’m just walking along the ridge line from O Cebreiro to Triacastela. As always, walking at this time of the morning is very pleasant, the sun hasn’t risen yet so it’s not too hot, the air is quite cool, and all I can hear is the tweeting of the birds. I almost have the path to myself, because I think a lot of pilgrims left quite early.

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29th of May – The Good Day | Heading towards O Cebreiro

29th of May – The Good Day | Heading towards O Cebreiro

Rob The Traveller

Today was a good day for a number of reasons. Last night my brother David, who happened to be in Spain on holiday, dropped in for dinner and stayed the night. That was really cool as we haven’t caught up in a while, and we shot the breeze over a bottle or two of red wine. The walk up to O Cebreiro was really quite good today. Although it took a wrong turning!

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28th of May – A slight change of plans

28th of May – A slight change of plans

Rob The Traveller

I just had second my second visit to the physio in Ponferrada. The treatment was excellent, but there’s still a fair bit of pain. I left the clinic with lots of advice on stretching, strapping, medication and how to get myself through the final stages to Santiago. I have to say the medical services that I’ve called upon so far in Spain, mainly farmacias and physios have been absolutely excellent.

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