(While we're awaiting results of last week's miles, here's a travelogue of Sandy's camino from last year, when he walked the last 166 miles of the Camino Via de la Plata to Santiago de Compostela, beginning at Puebla de Sanabria in order to arrive at Santiago on the Feast Day of St. James in the Holy Year, July 25, 2011. While we're relaxing in the comforts of home on our Cyber Pilgrimage, Rev. Sandy thought it'd be good to hear what a real pilgrimage sounds like in real time. Notes are taken from his e-mails to Gail sent via iPhone each night.)
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|Puebla de Sanabria, starting point for this 166 mile camino|
to Santiago for Holy Year festivities
This very challenging and frustrating day began with a nice breakfast at the Vilavella Hotel. Along with ordering a few croissants I had the waitress make a bocadillo to go. She made an enormous one of turkey, cheese and tomatoes. This would come in very handy later.
|Vast uninhabited stretches, here above a reservoir after|
A Gudina and before Campobecerros.
|Bad planning meant sleeping the night outside at this|
picnic shelter in As Eiras after a 25 mile walk.
|Norwegian friends, lovely people but had to disagree|
on sexuality issues.
|Ancient pipe organ at the beautiful monastery church at|
Xunqueira de Ambia.
|From left: Polish Margarita, Italian Francesco, Portugese|
Francisco, French Pascal, and Italian Corrado at Oseiras.
|Interior of monastery church at Oseiras.|
|Medieval bridge before Ponte Ulla|
|Arrival at Santiago cathedral with Artur.|
|Gigantes at Santiago during Holy Year festivities. An|
inspiration for gigantes at First Church on Epiphany.