Hiking Day 21: Hospital de Orbigo > Murias de Rechivaldo

October 22 2019 Today started off really great.  Leaving the hostal I bumped into 3 people as I was exiting  Shortly thereafter we were posed with two signs and were trying to figure out which route to go I heard that a couple of them were American so started chatting with them. They were my…

Hiking Day 20: León > Hospital de Obrigo

October 21 2019 Today I decided to try my third 20+ miler in 5 days.  The weather was good and I was feeling optimistic.  This trail frequently offers alternate routes during some of the stages, similar to the option 1 vs 2, I mentioned a couple days back So today we came upon an option…

Hiking Day 19: Mansilla de Las Mulas > León

October 20 2019 ⅔ done! Made it to Leon. About another 250ish miles to go. I got asked the other day why I’m doing this “when it looks so dull.” because I wanted a physical and mental growth challenge on my sabbatical and this one appealed to me. I’ve done quite a few hiking trips…

Hiking Day 18: Sahagun > Mansilla de las Mulas

October 19 2019 I went with option 1 – walking through the towns with potentially some longer miles. I woke up at like 2 am stressed about this decision and texted my friend who’s dad had done it last April to see what he did.  He told me his dad did option 1 too and…

Hiking Day 17: Calzadilla de la Cueza > Sahagun

October 18 2019 Today was manageable. Some limping at the end but manageable. I woke up and did an hour of yoga to stretch the shin splints and hips because I didn’t have the energy to yesterday. Made a huge difference  It’s weird because I started out seeing so many people on the hike and…

Hiking Day 16: Fromista > Calzadilla de la Cueza

October 17 2019 Today’s been so long that I like barely remember how it started. Today started with a very subpar breakfast. I had bought extra yogurt and a preshake coffee from the grocery store so had that. I also purchased a very large bag of what-can-only-be described as bar nuts for €2. So threw…

Hiking Day 15: Castrojeriz > Fromista

October 16 2019 Today was rather uneventful  I was just happy that I had relatively little pain Shin splints are the biggest thing now- but KT tape is a god send Today’s highlights were: sunrise Audiobook 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – fabulous entertainment for today and a great fiction read. Supposedly loosely based on…

Hiking Day 14: Hornillos de Camino > Castrojeriz

October 15 2019 Grace left this AM. The hostal we were at had an Italian coffee maker so we made a cup before Grace left for Burgos. Even for Grace’s standards it was strongggg (and Grace likes her coffee with a kick!) But it was a nice cup of jo to kick start the cold…

Hiking Day 13: Burgos > Hornillos del Camino

October 14 2019 My mamas birthday!!! Happy birthday mama! She’s been calling me on her way to work every day which is super cute. It’s Iike 8am CST which is 3ish for me and usually we’re done hiking by then. Today was the day of luck and perhaps it was because of my mother’s birthday! …

Hiking Day 12: Atapuerca > Burgos

October 13 2019 Heard people rustling around 630 am so I got up. Went to the common area and did some yoga in the dark There was an older Australian couple next to us who came out and I think I scared them. They were like tré hip. The lady had long grey dreads and…