Coffee Club ~ May 30, 2018

• Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Day #20

• Valdediós

• Distance 12 miles; total 279 miles

• 1,719’ ascent and 1,376’ descent

• 25% hard surface

• Time: 5 hours 45 minutes

• Weather: 50-60 overcast

It’s a sure thing.  Mornings will find last nights pilgrims at the first opened café. It’s an unspoken coffee club. No agreements. We just appear.

Good coffee keeps us going.

1st towards Valdediós

2nd towards Valdediós

3rd towards Valdediós

Viva Le Vegas ~ May 28, 2018

• Monday, May 28. 2018, Day #18

• La Vega

• Distance 11.5 miles; total 253 miles

• 941’ ascent and 991’ descent

• 20% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours

• Weather: 50-60 overcast

Le Vega is situated on the coast with a perfect bar for the day’s libation. One bar. One restaurant. One LONG WIDE beach. That’s Le Vega.  Would one want for more?

1st La Vega

2nd La Vega

3rd La Vega

Bleak Recovery ~ May 27, 2018

• Sunday, May 27, 2018, Day #17

• Piñeres de Pría

• Distance 12 miles; total 241.5 miles

• 949’ ascent and 832’ descent

• 20% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours

• Weather: 50-60 misty rain to overcast

When walking becomes bleak, I find a most welcoming albergue owner who spends an hour sorting out my next five days to manageable distances, reservations, and a stay at the monastery.

1st towards Piñeres de Pría

2nd towards Piñeres de Pría

3rd towards Piñeres de Pría

Magic Moments ~ May 26, 2018

• Friday, May 25, 2018, Day #15

• La Franca

• Distance 14 miles; total 215.5 miles

• 1,414’ ascent and 1,374’ descent

• 95% hard surface

• Time: 6 1/2 hours

• Weather: 55-65 overcast, misty rain

Magic moments. New and old faces appear every day as if drawn from a magician’s hat.

Elsewhere, Christine and his friend have completed their Camino arriving in Santiago.

1st towards La Franca

2nd towards La Franca

3rd towards La Franca

Church Bells ~ May 23, 2018

• Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Day #13

• Cóbreces

• Distance 14.5 miles; total 171.7 miles (including 2-minute train ride crossing river)

• 1,628’ ascent and 1,459’ descent

• 100% hard surface

• Time: 7 3/4 hours

• Weather: 55-65 overcast

Gunter, a volunteer guide, shared the 16th century Iglesia de San Pedro’s history, sanctuary, and bell tower with me.

1st towards Cóbreces

2nd towards Cóbreces

3rd towards Cóbreces