3. Cáceres to Cañaveral (46 km)

Again we only walked the last 12 km, from the Embalse de Alcántara to Cañaveral.  I think we’re now finished with the motorized transport and will be able to walk the remaining 700 km or so. The absence of accommodation at the Embalse is a bit of a problem. (I emailed the fishing lodge,  Pesca…

2. Aljucén to Cáceres (59.7 km)

No, we didn’t walk it all. In fact we walked only the last 11.9 km from Valdesalor to Cáceres. After a bad night’s sleep and continuing jet lag we were feeling somewhat down, even though the day was crisp and sunny. The prospect of starting a 20 km section, with no amenities and no energy,…

0. Mérida – Starting the Vía de la Plata

Today was a rest-up acclimatization day,  after the flight to Madrid and 3-hour bus to Mérida. Some hostals and hotels were full because of the half-marathon taking place today. We stayed in the Hostal Salud (private room and bathroom) for €35. It’s OK. Spent the day wandering around the Roman ruins. The amphitheater is very…

Post-Camino observations

Warning – This post will be boring unless you are a Camino fan. I started at St. Jean Pied de Port on October 14 and arrived in Santiago on November 27, exactly 6 weeks and almost 800 km later. For me, 6 weeks was the right amount of time. I found that 20 km/day was a…

Day 3: Roncesvalles to Zubiri (22 km)

More perfect weather. Enjoyed walking mostly by myself, but meeting others periodically. One meets all sorts of people on the Camino.  Below you see a 22-year-old Dutch fellow on the left (remember this image for my next day’s post), a young Sardinian with the flag, and an Italian celebrating a birthday. In Zubiri my friends…