ITINERARY SEPTEMBER Sun 28 Gaydon - Portsmouth Mon 29 Portsmouth dep 22.00 FERRY £29 (Tue 30) arr. 7.30 ------------------------------------------------- . Tue 30 (10:34hrs travel time) CAEN dep 08:57 TGV & BUS to ST JEAN PIED DE PORT arr 19:31 --------------------------------------------------- Ouistreham arr 7.30 1 min bus ride from quayside to Bus 19 or 1 (buy ticket in terminal) bus 30 mins travel at 30 mins intervals Caen dep 08:57 TGV 3302 Paris St Lazare arr 10:46 (transfer 50 min) direction Mairie d'Issy) Metro 12 Paris Montparnasse dep 12:28 TGV 8537 (compulsory reservation) Bordeaux-St-Jean dep 15:51 Dax dep 17:05 Bayonne arr 17:32 (transfer time 34 min.) Bayonne dep 18:06 Bus 40549 Villefranque dep 18:21 Ustaritz dep 18:26 Jatxou dep 18:31 Halsou Larressore dep 18:35 Cambo les Bains dep 18:46 Itxassou dep 18:56 Louhossoa dep 19:00 Pont Noblia dep 19:08 Osses St Martin.. dep 19:16 St Jean Pied... arr 19:31 OCTOBER Wed 1 Thu 2 St Jean Pied de Port Roncesvalles 3 & 4 Pamplona Pensiõn Aloha 5 Puente la Reina Lorca Estrella Los Arcos 6 "today has been all about love - all the songs I have chosen" Villamajor de MonJardin Albergue Navarra 7 Sansol Albuergue deshojando del camino (dont remember it) "helado chocolato y besos" Jess favourite things 8 Logroño Municipal Albergue des Perigriños (Rua viejo) shared tapas x 3 10.00 curfew 9 Navarrete Nájera 10 Azofra Ben US with Guitar travelling fast sang Amazing grace in courtyard, washed and dried clothes on balcony, picked up two books and throw away razors Santo Domingo de la Calzada 11 walking alone lost saved by Jesus Grañon Pilgrim Hopital - NO STAMP 12 goodbye to Coleen Belorado 13 Espinosa del Camino 14 San Juan de Ortega - jojo 3 johns? 15 Burgos albergue municipal Rabé de las calzadas Hornillos de las Calzadas Casa del Abuelo 16 [Mesita] Aroyo Sambol (san Bol) merino jumper Hontanas - windy, wet and very mucky underfoot! san anton ruinas Castrojeriz Julio y Marcía Albergue: Refugio Tradicional de San Juan concrete beds 17 Frómista A.mun. walked in with Mark and Paul who had booked ahead ate chorizo sausage alone in local bar short of time as curfew of 9.30 18 Villarmentero de Campos Tipi and pipes with donkey and fire Sam, Diana and Cindy (bad tempered Aussie) slept in Tipi. Sam playing guitar with no d string mostly own stuff. Albergue Amanecer met Sam sleeping 4 days in the big pipe. walked with Mark and Paul to Cariøn de los Condes then walked back to Villarmentero de campos started walking earlyish with Sam met Mark and Paul and a convention of Gynacologists in Carrión de les Condes Roman road of 12 kilometers with 3 resting places caught up with Adrienne at number 2 stopped at number three under the stars. 19 Sam let Adrienne have his tent and we tried to sleep on two wooden benches. The dew fell at 9.00 and soaked our sleeping bags so we moved under the shelter. Sam slept on the ground and I slept sitting up on the bench seat. Gpt up to stretch my legs at 3.00 and saw a glorious single shooting star with a tail fiery tail that seemed to fill the sky. Slept until 5.00 when the first hint of dawn appeared. Walked up and down the camino to get warm. At at around 7.00 I lit a small fire and collected all the rubbish around the site and burnt it. At 8.00 the first pilgrim appeared, eyes fixed on the road ahead. He did not stop. Cervatos Sahagún |Tren El Burgo Ranero |Tren Mansilla de las Mulas Léon |Bus Orbigo |Bus Astorga Astorga 23 Ganso - Danny Boy nuts and verdejo Rabanal nice stamp diane plainsong kate eloise charlie sylvia left sleeping bag at Albergue Ponferrada Villafranca de Bierza Vega de Valcarce 26 O Cebriero Triacastela 29 Sarría Ferreiros Portomarin Palas de Rei Melide 31 October Set out with Adrien von Robé intending to walk all night by the glorious light of a waxing gibbous moon. Here is a picture of the previous moon - a waning crescent seen from Frómista on the 18th We had overlooked the fact that the moon just like the sun rises and sets. By two am the moon had disappeared and the Camino was leading us though a forest. Not being equipped with torches we decided to sleep on the bank. Adrien snuggled down in his bag. I had dumped my bag a few days earlier to save weight but there is point in regret. Shoes off, feet in empty rucksack, woolen jumper and coat on and a poncho as a ground sheet sufficed. aAll in all not a bad night. Arca Nov 1 Arzúa Hotel Suiza I was the only guest. The service was personal. best meal of the camino. By now my metabolism was racing away and I needed calories, lots of calories. The meal was served in the pan it was cooked in and consisted of chips swimming in garlic olive oil with a layer of roasted peppers, a layer of fried mushrooms, and topped by three fried eggs; accompanied by a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine.
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