Aroma ~ June 10, 2018

  • Sunday, June 10, 2018, Day #31
  • Lugo
  • Distance 19 miles; total 434.5 miles
  • 1,795’ ascent and 2,600’ descent
  • 50% hard surface
  • Time: 9 hours 45 minutes
  • Weather: 50-65 overcast NO RAIN

With dampness always in the air, the aroma of wood smoke captured the attention. Smoke poured from the chimney of a small windowless building. From the doorway, a fire blazed. I stepped inside to find a lady feeding dried branches in the oven in preparation of baking bread.

  • 1st towards Lugo
  • 2nd towards Lugo
  • 3rd towards Lugo

Café Con Leche ~ June 8, 2018

  • Friday, June 8, 2018, Day #29
  • A Fonsagrada Distance
  • 16.5 miles; total 455 miles
  • 2,708’ ascent and 1,475’ descent
  • 30% hard surface
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 intermittent rain

What to do with steady rain? Seek shelter in remote bars for café con leches.

  • 1st towards A Fonsagrada
  • 2nd towards A Fonsagrada
  • 3rd towards A Fonsagrada

Before Pre-Box ~ June 5, 2018

  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Day #26
  • Campiello
  • Distance 8 miles; total 353 miles
  • 970’ ascent and 1,295’ descent
  • 20% hard surface
  • Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Weather: 50-60 overcast and misty

Country stores fascinate me. This hamlet consists of two country stores each with an attached bar, albergue, and hotel. The stores have everything you could possibly imagine like replacement tines for pitch-forks, boots, clothes pins, buckets, Frangelico liquor, fresh fruit and vegetables. All this in a space smaller than an average living room. Such was it before the generation of Box Stores.

  • 1st Campiello
  • 2nd Campiello
  • 3rd Campiello

Whatever ~ May 17, 2018

• Thursday, May 17, 2018, Day #7

• Pobeña

• Distance 16.3 miles; total 98.1 miles

• 907’ ascent and 986’ descent

• 100% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours 30 minutes

• Weather: 45-60 degrees; overcast becoming sunny

I can now debone anchovies with my incisors and welcome octopus for dinner. Most of the time I don’t even bother asking what I am eating.  Just give me tasty food and a glass of red wine and I’m well satisfied.

1st Pobeña

2nd Pobeña

3rd Pobeña

Should I Go… ~ May 15, 2018

• Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Day #5

• Bilbao

• Distance 21.2 miles; total 81.8 miles

• 3,053’ ascent and 3,009’ descent

• 40% hard surface

• Time: 9 hours 40 minutes

• Weather: 60 degrees; overcast

Should I go or should I stay now? Goodbye Emily and Colette. Hello muddy shoes.

1st towards Bilbao

2nd towards Bilbao

3rd towards Bilbao

End of the Day ~ May 14, 2018

• Monday, May 14, 2018, Day #4

• Gernika

• Distance 12.3 miles; total 60.6 miles

• 1,452’ ascent and 2,502’ descent; 30% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours 15 minutes

• Weather: 55 degrees; partly cloudy

End of the day,

Not much space,

And yet an abundance

Of good companionship.

1st Ibiri Auzoa

2nd Ibiri Auzoa

3rd Monasterio de Zenarruza