Camino de Frances, Days 19 – 21…the last days

It’s another cool foggy morning as I walk along the rolling hills and through tiny villages. There’s a small traffic jam when a husband and wife pass by with their herd of cows. As I feared, the trail becomes noticeably more crowded today. I nearly have a panic attack when I look ahead and see … Continue reading Camino de Frances, Days 19 – 21…the last days

Camino de Frances, Days 17 – 18

I sleep in this morning and lounge in bed for a while after I’m awake. I go online and book myself a private room in Santiago, the end of the Camino. I do the math and realize I’ll be there in just 4 days! I have to admit, I’m ready to be done and I … Continue reading Camino de Frances, Days 17 – 18

Camino de Frances, Days 15 -16

Another night of no sleep. I hope this doesn’t become a regular occurrence but I fear it might with how crowded the albergues are. I asked google what percentage of the population snores. Turns out it’s fifty percent. So odds are pretty high I’ll be suffering through more sleepless nights. According to all the chatter … Continue reading Camino de Frances, Days 15 -16

Camino de Madrid/Frances, Days 12 – 14

As I leave Sahagun in the dark, the sun just beginning to rise behind me, I’m feeling much more positive than yesterday. Less than an hour into the walk I take an alternate route that is said to be more scenic and follows one of the best-preserved stretches of Roman road in Spain. It’s a … Continue reading Camino de Madrid/Frances, Days 12 – 14

Camino de Madrid to Camino de Frances Day 9 – 11

I leave Castromonte in the dark, the wind turbines in the distance are blinking in unison as the sun slowly creeps up. Another spectacular sunrise nearly brings tears to my eyes. I reach the larger town of Medina del Campo in the late morning and for the next 8 km I’m following an old canal … Continue reading Camino de Madrid to Camino de Frances Day 9 – 11

Camino de Madrid, Days 7 – 8

It starts raining as I walk the last few miles into Puente Duero. I’m cold and keep envisioning a cozy coffee shop or bakery when I get there. Unfortunately these small towns never have a cozy spot to hang out. They just have these bar/cafes whose only patrons seem to be men. I always feel … Continue reading Camino de Madrid, Days 7 – 8

Camino de Madrid, Days 5 – 6

I leave the albergue around 8:00 after a great night’s sleep. It’s another chilly morning and I’m looking forward to the sun coming up. My routine lately is to start walking just before sunrise and once the sun is up and feels warm, find a nice place to stop and eat breakfast. Since this route … Continue reading Camino de Madrid, Days 5 – 6

Camino de Madrid, Days 3 – 4

It’s another chilly morning and I start walking just as the sun is beginning to come up. The air is fresh and cold and crisp and I’m still following the Roman road through a beautiful pine forest. The smell of pine is strong and reminds me of home, I’m feeling both happy and homesick at … Continue reading Camino de Madrid, Days 3 – 4

Camino de Madrid, Day 2

I sleep great considering my not so ideal campsite. I’m awake around 6:00 and packing up in the dark. It doesn’t get light until 8:00, but I’m paranoid someone will see my tent so I’m anxious to get going. It’s so cold out! I put on every layer of clothing I have and walk quickly … Continue reading Camino de Madrid, Day 2

Camino de Madrid, Day 1

I wake up in Madrid feeling excited about this new route. I pack up my backpack, have breakfast at the hostel, then head out to find the church that is the official start of the Camino de Madrid. I didn’t care about actually starting at the beginning of the Norte route, but I feel like … Continue reading Camino de Madrid, Day 1