Day 14

The last three days have been Rabanal de Camino to molinaseca, then to Villafranca and today onto Herrerias. Each has been tough because of distance ( 31km) or terrain (rocky and very steep downhill ). Feet and legs are taking some punishment so tomorrow we are just doing 8km....but it is a climb of 700m on bad paths. It will take us into Galicia. .... which is beautiful with steep wooded valleys and mountain streams. Tomorrow's destination is O' Cebrerio. ...the priest there until 1989 was don Elias Sampadero and he is largely responsible for the restoration of the camino

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Day 12. Astorga to Rabanal de Camino.

11th day of walking. Astorga is stunningly beautiful and is worth a visit. Rumour has it that st Francis of assisi stayed there when he did the camino. It was a long walk to it that ended with a hideous climb into the old town where our alberque was. Today was only 21km to Rabanal de Camino. The walk just had to be done in the heat and we made it. Hostel is run by the English Confraternity of st James, which is who we got our credencial from. They welcome u with iced water and served afternoon tea at

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Day 10. Leon to Villadangos del Paramo.

If anyone suggests staying in Villadangos del Paramo, don't. Keep walking. A one road village with trucks thundering through. It has an municipal albergue complete with an army of resident flies, a tiny shop, even smaller bar and nothing else. However, after 21km of heat alongside the aforementioned road and trucks, it is a welcome stop for the night. We are now 312km from Santiago which equates to 12 days of walking. Feet sit rep. ... OK with careful management of blisters etc. A wonderful retired nurse we met put us onto toe sleeves......when I next see her in will

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Day 9.

Got slightly confused with my days so this is day 9 , 8 of which have been spent walking. Today ( Monday ) is a rest day in Leon to allow feet to recover. After spending Last night in the luxury of a backpackers hostel we have checked into an albergue run by benedictine nuns. Chain smoking volunteer ladies did all the checking in and made the simple process incredibly complicated. Today will just involve washing clothes, slowly exploring Leon, mass in the cathedral this evening and rest. The next 6 days of walking are long and hilly. They will

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