Day 6 & 7 end of the journey


Started my 6th day in Vigo. Big industrial town. We started our day around sun up. Hotel provided breakfast.

First half of the morning we spent getting out of town. Blacktop and surface streets.

We entered a wooded area with excellent footpaths. I felt great and enjoying the walk. We parallel the river. The sights were very rewarding. We arrived at our hostel around 4. Time to take a critical look at my feet

After a long discussion with Paul and myself I decided to end this trip. Several of my blisters continued to grow. Not worth the risk to continue. Yes, I’m having to deal with that.

The hardest part was saying goodbye to my friends this morning. It is still the right decision.

I’m waiting at the train station for the next train to Santiago. Once there I’ll spend 2 days resting. Plus, I have to get covid tested to return to the states.

On the plus side I spent time face to face with friends. Something I missed during the lockdown and lack of travel. So this trip was a success.

Note from Paul. “I don’t to blisters!”. Good advice yet most of us can’t follow. Seating around the dinner table last night I noted everyone except Paul was sporting some type of blister control. From tape to compeed

Notes to self:

  • Don’t use running shoes for long walks. They feel great on payment yet can’t handle the uneven parts
  • Train with weight before your walk. You will know if your shoes can handle you feet expanding.
  • Go ultralight. One change of clothes, personal hygiene products, and rain gear. Anything else you need will be there
  • The whole name of this game is shoes.
  • Take your own walking poles. Buying local is high risk or poor quality. Not worth it

So, I’m signing off. Glad I spent time with friends. Thinking about when I’ll see them again. So, yes, I’m happy.

Till we meet again 🙂

Day 6 – but sun ant up yet

Overall a very sleepless night. The blisters on my feet are growing faster and faster each day. However, I’m taking good care of them. I’m still a go for the whole trip.

We started today at normal time for us 6:00 a.m. Followed by a few minutes of getting your bags ready. We were on the street at 6:20 a.m. and it was dark. The first part of the hike was the highway but then we went up into the hills where I had to use my phone flashlight to light the way. Per Paul we will not walk till sun up.

For the most part we walked in and out of the forest or on city streets. It was over cast and very cool for the most part.

We stopped for the night in Vigo. A shipping working class town of ~500k people.

A few pictures to follow

Missing gps data

Missing from September 2

Check out my hiking activity on Garmin Connect. #beatyesterday

Check out my walking activity on Garmin Connect. #beatyesterday

Check out my walking activity on Garmin Connect. #beatyesterday

Day 5 – the long and winding road

Nice day started such that I would hit the harbor at 7:00 this morning. Yesterday I was told that the first boat over to Spain was at 7:00. However arriving at 7:00 we saw no boat and the boat didn’t show up until around 8:00 a.m.

Once we did arrive in Spain I realized that we’d lost another hour due to the time change. This day was sort of a rush because we like to get into our afternoon spot around 2:00 in the afternoon.  This allows us time to freshen up and relax before we eat dinner.

The trail today went through a little town which kind of nice. However most of the day we spend either walking on a road that paralleled the coast or on a foot path.

It’s was 32km day. I’m beat. Foot hurt. Tomorrow is a bit shorter. 5 or 6 days from how we’ll be in Santiago. Love that place.

Last night had dinner out on the public square. Food was acceptable but it was the company that made the evening special. We shared the evening with two ladies from Stuttgart Germany. We laughed, shared stories, and enjoyed the evening until around 10:00.

on the trail today I’m at Pilgrims from Italy Germany Spain and one particularly interesting gentleman from Poland. We talked about his work which was IT centric and my work which was computer-centric.

Need to add that I’m in Galicia Spain. This place takes excellent care of pilgrims.

A few pictures from the day

lunch – red tuna

Day 4 – I’m singing in the rain

I woke to the sound of thunder and saw a bit of lightning. For a guy from my neck of the woods that’s a very rare event. Maybe once in 2 to 3 years maybe. Needless to say I really enjoyed it and was looking forward to walking in the rain.

We left town and headed up into the foothills. The day was a mix of asphalt, cobblestones, and dirt path. I’ll illustrate below with a few pictures but it was just a great day. The raincoat came on and off as the weather changed but for the most part the day was overcast and quite nice. Nothing particularly exciting about our food stops along the way I had my typical ham and cheese sandwich and lots of water. Today was the first day I felt like I was fully hydrated.

and yes day two is somewhere. I’m having an issue with the phone and I’m sad to say it’s winning. I still hope to find day two and get it posted however it will be out of order.

Day 3 – if you’re happy & you know it!

I had a really wonderful day today. All the trail seem familiar. I spent some time in the backcountry enjoying the the scenery and landscape.

I did receive some trying news about my return trip. Both of my stops have been canceled due to covid. Upset, yes, but it’s for the best. Both stops involved babies. Not worth the risk.

We started the morning quite easily. The weather was excellent. We basically followed the coastline for most of the morning. Then we headed up into the foothills.

Here are a few pictures:

Paul & picture
Outdoor Art

Day 1 – we walk from here!

We started walking around 6:20 this morning from Porto. For the first part of the morning we enjoyed a very calm and quiet walk. Not many of the locals around.

Truly did not see any pilgrims until mid morning. Then we started seeing groups of one or two.

The weather was outstanding. Slightly overcast and a bit on the cool side. Was glad that I had long pants and long sleeve on today.

The way I took us along the coastline. We had large boulevards and lots of ample walking space. Enjoyed seeing the locals bicycling walking pushing the kids walking the dogs.

The day just followed sort of a quiet calm natural rhythm. Paul and I shared stories and tried to stay away from talking politics.

It was nice to see the familys is out enjoying the beach.

I have attached a few of my favorite pictures. Hope you enjoy.

New Adventure

Tomorrow August 23 I head to SFO to try to fly to Barcelona. I have what I believe is all the documents needed however I still have this feeling I will not be allowed. Darn – that dark cloud is still hanging around.

However, should I be successful I will be visiting a friend & her daughter in Cambrils. Its a beach town about 1 hour south of Barcelona via train. I was there last at the end of Camino Frances trip. This time I stop there first. This should allow me t get some much needed jet lag recovery time.

On August 28th I fly Porto where I meet up with Paul. Paul is my Camino brother from first Camino. We have stayed connected over the past few years. I told him several times if he walked the Camino if there was anyway I could join him I would. Will I can and am.