Camino completo

This is a super quick post to say that as of Saturday around 2:00 PM we finished the Camino de Santiago del Norte which ends when you see this famous cathedral in,  of course,  Santiago Spain…. It is,  after all, how all this came to be.

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After 523 miles and many thousands of feet of climbing we are happy to say we feel great,  have a good set of riding legs going and are just pleased as punch that we chose this route.

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On the last day of the Camino the del Norte route joined with the Frances and no jive folks,  there were several thousand Pilgrims on the last 25 miles….  Ya know where we’re going with this,  right?  Thank goodness we did the del Norte with about 20 to 40 good Pilgrims on the same section on any given day….

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We want to give thanks to…..

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The 5000 trail markers…

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The good folks before us who built 1000 miles of stone walls…

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The 100’s of fountains with safe,  cold water… OK so they are usually works of art, but this one particularly reminded us of Petticoat Junction…. For those of you who are old enough to know…

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To the 2000 dogs that were tied up because of a natural desire to chase Pilgrims…

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To gin and nappy time….

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To locals doing what locals do….

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To early morning starts….

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With just us and the early birds….

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To the local bucket heads ….

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To the 6000 gardens….

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The 1 old Bultaco….

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To the local architecture – we spent many a conversation trying to figure out what these were as every yard had one….

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And most of all to the spirited Spaniards we met along the way…  Meet Natalia, one of two solo women we’ve met here in Spain… She was amazing and smart and funny and excited about life…  which is why,  after all, we do what we do to make this one life we have …..  Well….. You know where we’re going…

Next stop… Portugal,  beaches and yup,  more riding…

Miss you,  love you…

Patti and Gary

From Gary – not as entertaining as PK…  🙂

We’re planning to fly from Lisbon or Madrid to Bogota or Quito, possibly even Lima,  in around 3 weeks.  If anyone out there has advice on finding inexpensive air fare let us know.  We feel we should buy a ticket soon.

We’d also like to get off the bikes for several days while in Portugal.  Any advice on where, maybe some hiking or sea kayaking, that wouldn’t bust our budget?

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9 thoughts on “Camino completo

  1. Hi, Guys. Thanks for all the postings and the photos. If you decide to change your minds and maybe come cycle in northern New England for a while this fall, we have a place for you to stay, a car to use, some good meals to share! Monica goes to Peru in September, but still no word on where she’ll be working. Love, Kevin

    1. Hi Kevin, thanks for the offer! The thought of spending the fall in the US sounds really appealing to me, not so much for Patti.

      Gary

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  2. Hi Gary and Patti, I enjoyed your blog updates on the Pyrenees and the Camino, which I did from the Netherlands on a touring bike. The mini barn on the pedestal is called hórreo. It was used to dry and store grain. The pillars and flat staddle stones should avoid access of rodents (Wikipedia). Keep posting!

    1. So sorry for the late response. Your comment was in the spam folder and I just found it. You are now free of being put there! Thanks for the clarification on the horreo. So, you rode the Camino on a touring bike? Sounds challenging.
      Gary

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