Day 59 – Villafranca del Bierzo

Today was easier than yesterday but I still covered 16 miles with about 1100 vertical climb.

Tomorrow will be the toughest I have faced since the Pyrenees. After that though, the last week should be a bit easier.

Bill, what do your fellow pilgrims love and dislike about the Camino?

The number one complaint of pilgrims is blisters. Many people have them, but generally they can be avoided with the right shoes, socks and proactive care of your feet.

Other complaints are… flies, the repetitive pilgrims’ menu offered by many restaurants, and snoring (for those folks in dorm sleeping arrangements).

The number one thing people love about the Camino is the social interaction among the pilgrims. It amazes everyone how quickly you get to know other pilgrims. After a few days people feel like life long friends. We talk about how cool this is, all the time. It’s hard to fully appreciate this aspect of the Camino until you’re out here walking for a while.

Mural on a small church near Ponferrada.
After we got out of town, the view was mostly vineyards and mountains. We’ll climb those tomorrow.
View from my hotel. The town square.
Went with the lasagna last night. Not exactly Spanish, but it hit the spot.
Someone puts these motivational stones along the trail.
Another one.

2 thoughts on “Day 59 – Villafranca del Bierzo

  1. Bill – I am proud of you. Keep it up and finish strong.
    I was wondering if your pilgrim friends have had any comments on who is going to win the Michigan / Penn State game this weekend? I am sure your followers would be curious. Be good my friend and keep the faith.

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