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Walking Across Spain (El Camino de Santiago): Week 3

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Continued from previous post Walking Across Spain (El Camino de Santiago): Week 2

 

31 May

Day 15: Honturas to Frómista (32 km)

I left early again, not on purpose, but because Ethan decided to sleep in. The first half of the 30 km+ day was great. I felt as powerful as ever! Soon, I began to feel my blister coming in. Also, I didn’t eat anything for breakfast so I was struggling on the last 5 km to Fromista. Ethan arrived at the municipal about two hours later, and Jon about an hour after that. I took a majority of the day to rest in bed. I did not like the way I felt on the last part of the walk. We’re halfway there, body; just hold up a little longer, then you can relax back in Nepal for two months!”

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I had to wear a buff over my face for part of the day because it was getting mighty buggy!

1 June

Day 16: Frómista to Carron (18 km)

Today I woke up and ate an apple and a donut for breakfast, which seemed to help this time. The back of my left leg was still a bit sore, but I was able to power through the 18 km day. The sun was relentless and I had sweat dripping down my back and out of my armpits. I’m gonna have to figure out how to deal with the heat tomorrow as it’s a 37 km day in the sun! I made a dinner from scratch: rice with caramelized onions and green peppers along with a cheesy chicken on top. I thought I did quite well. Gotta rest for tomorrows haul. It may be the hardest day yet!”

 

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2 June

Day 17: Carron to Sahagun (37 km)

Today was long and hot! 37 km! I stuck my stick so that it was sticking up out of my bag and hung my rain jacket from it. It was like a canopy that protected me from the direct sunlight. I was also able to read an entire novel as the path was straightforward and without many hazards. My group of three also got split up. I made it to Saharan while Jon stayed in Terradillos (it was too hot for him) while Ethan stayed in a town (don’t remember the name) about 18 km back! He stayed behind for unknown reasons. No worries, we shall regroup once we get to Leon in a couple days. This may be good for Ethan to get a couple days on his own, actually.”

The novel I read was called A Girl On a Train, the only book in English I could find in the albergue’s. I read a couple chapters the day before and read the rest on this day, under my mobile canopy.

 

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3 June

Day 18: Sahagun to Mansilla (35 km)

Today hurt like no other day. I was moving at a brisk pace when suddenly my left leg (which has been sore for the last few days) said “no more’’. I took a pause in Regioso to eat and rest up so I could finish the 35 km day. Only about 6 km to go! I had a renewed, God given, strength and regained a pep in my step as I quickly made it to the municipal in Mansilla. There, I reunited with two pilgrims I met yesterday, Jake and Dan, who arrived shortly after. I made us all a pasta dinner and then hit the hay. My body needs rest. Tomorrow I will have an easy 18km day and will meet up again with Ethan and Jon. After speaking to Dan, it’s my left Achilles that’s paining me. He taught me how to stretch it out. Hopefully, it will help.”

Today was the first day that I spent the night apart from everyone in my group. Weird at first, but a good change of pace for a moment. I’m sure the others could have used the separation as well.

4 June

Day 19: Mansilla to Léon (18 km)

Jake and I had an easy 18 km walk to the big city of Leon. There, I reunited with Ethan and Jon, and we went tapas crawling. Many pubs served tapas when you ordered a drink. Our albergue reminded me of a military war hospital. And it just so happened that the loudest snorers on Earth were in our room. The city of Leon itself was much better than Burgos, but it was still no Pamplona. At 9pm, our group went to the albergue’s monastery for a special pilgrims blessing. Most of the sermon was in Spanish, but the list of it was a blessing for us pilgrims for our continued perseverance and guidance for the rest of our walk.”

I’m not a very religious person by no means, but I felt that going to at least one blessing along this camino would be neat to experience.

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5 June

Day 20: Léon to Hospital (24 km)

Jake and I walked 24 km to San Martin, our intended destination for the day, but instead went further to Hospital; an outstanding medical town that was much better than the previous cities. However, the walk today was the ugliest in the whole camino so far—industrial pretty much the whole way. Once I got to Hospital, I messaged Ethan and Jon letting them know that I went an extra town further. They persisted and joined me later on. I made a dinner for the five of us (Ethan, Jon, Jake, and other Dan), a special pasta with veggies, a creamy carbonara sauce and lots of grilled chicken breast. I think I may have outdone myself this time. The total day was about 30 km.”

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6 June

Day 21: Hospital to Astorga (20 km)

I hate to admit this, but I’m ready to be done! They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, but I’m just about over walking and never plan on walking again. I shall invest in a Segway after this. Today’s walk was a short 14 km into a rather larger city: Astorga. Found a comfortable hostel near the cathedral and just planned on doing nothing all day. Just relax, Youtube, and nap. No matter how much the others wanted to ‘do something’’, Today was my day to do absolutely nothing. I had no desire to see the city. My only desire was to get to Santiago, get outta Spain and continue the rest of my trip to far more interesting endeavors (Nepal, Germany, Africa, etc). Had done kebob for dinner. Met twins from England.”

 

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6 June

Astorga Thoughts

So. Everyone that told me they’ve done the camino before, told me it was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. Mainly because of the people they’ve met along the way that has made their camino extra special. It’s day 21 and I gave up hope on meeting those special people. TBH, most of the pilgrims I’ve come across are rather odd or just too old with nothing in common with me. Besides a handful of gems, my small group, I haven’t really bonded well with the people here as I usually do on my other backpacking trips. It could just be bad luck or bad timing on my part. Or maybe because most of these pilgrims are first time travelers and I just can’t be bothered with their noobness. I’ve met amazing people during all my travels, but no one here really wowed me, save for those gems I mentioned. Also, waay too many old people who have no shame when it comes to walking around in their tighty-whities, farting, snorting, snoring, etc. I’ll reserve my final opinion until I actually reach Santiago. So far, it’s been mediocre.

Just being honest. Keeping an open mind.


One more camino post!

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The Quest to the Seven Continents

The Quest To The Seven Continents

The Mission: Reach all seven continents in one trip; exploring, adventuring, and challenging myself along the way.

 

Everything before this was just a test, grooming me for what may possibly be one of the greatest adventures I will ever have. Traveling to all seven continents in one go will be one heck of a heavy task. It’s something my cohorts and comrades in Michigan might deem impossible and understandably so; such a feat requires valuable time and a hefty chunk of money. Willfully, I made the time and the effort on my traveling finances and was able to save up quite a bit. It was relatively easy to get, thanks to the unknowing help of my parents. They may not realize it, but the little things they’ve done for me have helped out a great deal. And now as I write this, I’m preparing to begin the journey around the Earth, to all seven continents on a pursuit to explore, challenge myself, discover new things, and live an epic tale of the modern age that I’ll be able to share with my future kids someday.

This photo was taken in Angkor Wat, on a previous trip backpacking through parts of Southeast Asia (2013).
This photo was taken in Angkor Wat, on a previous trip backpacking through parts of Southeast Asia (2013).

The plan and the order of continents, countries, and things I’ll be doing remains a mystery.

I have some idea of what lies ahead, but nothing is certain. It never is. I’ll be planning everything on my own and will be letting my gut instincts guide me, just as I have for my previous journeys. With a trip of this scale, only a fool would plan everything to the exact detail. I’ve avoided that mistake before and was led to the most unexpected places–like the hike to the largest ice caves in the world or sailing to the best beach I’ve ever been to in my life (so far) or boarding down an active volcano. I’m expecting the unexpected! There’s a map in my head. I just gotta lay it all out.

Speaking of maps, I’ll be using the LiveTrekker app to chart my route from the start of the quest in Michigan to the end (when and wherever that is) for those of you interested in following me. Each time I open the app from a WiFi enabled area, LiveTrekker will automatically map my route through each continent (not so sure about Antarctica though).

For those of you lacking in the geography department, let me remind you what our seven continents are:

  • North America (The Exploring Continent)
  • Australia (The Island Continent)
  • Asia (The Mythical Continent)
  • Africa (The Dark Continent)
  • Europe (The Historic Continent)
  • South America (The Wild Continent)
  • Antarctica (The Frozen Continent)
The seven continents of the world.
The seven continents of the world.

Each continent unique, encompassing amazingly different languages, landscapes, cultures, cuisine, flora, fauna, politics, religions, and everything else in and between—including all the potential dangers and mishaps. How will I pack for all of the different climates? What if I fall horribly ill? Am I underestimating the costs of this trip? How can I pack as light as possible but still have everything I need? How will I manage Antarctica? I’ll figure that one out later.

Even though I’ve already been to five of the seven continents before, the intent is to explore new countries in addition to some old ones to revisit friends along the way while inspiring every single person that reads this to pursue their own adventure. We have the whole world at our fingertips!

As usual, I’ll be making this a solo effort with friends and people I haven’t met yet tagging here and there along the way. I wish I had more to tell you but we shall find out together what happens through this blog site, for better and for worse.

The Quest begins in my home continent of North America, but for now, the waiting game. I still have a lot of preparation to do!