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My name is Lori. In August, 2014, I plan to hike the Camino de Santiago trail. Feel free to join me on my adventure by following me on this blog.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blogging is getting more difficult. I think all the walking has shut off my brain. I am, however, really enjoying myself.

After my last post, I had a great day. We had been hiking for days through hay fields and vineyards. As much as I love the vineyards, I was very pleased as we finally walked up a mountain and into the trees. I love that. There's something about being higher than everything else, and hearing the nothingness that puts me at ease. I love the trees and the shade! I kept a banana from breakfast, hiked ahead of my friends on the climb, and enjoyed it at the top with a view. Paul and I have been hiking with Aussies, Helen, Kat, and Ed.

They have been great company. I don't eat breakfast anymore, I eat "breckie". I also got "hangrey" the other day (a mix of hunger and angry), because we didn't have a place to stop for breakfast until after we had already hiked 11km (about 7 miles). Yes, we are very spoiled hikers!

On Thursday in the morning, while walking to Burgos, we walked through Atapuerca. The prehistoric caves of Atapuerca were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000 on account of their source as the earliest human remains ever discovered in Europe dating back over 900,000 years and providing an exceptional record of the way of life of the first human communities. It was discovered when cutting rail link to nearby mines. Pretty amazing to walk here. Lots to think about!
I absolutely loved Burgos! This is a town I will love to visit again someday, most likely, when dragging my nieces and nephew on the camino with me. I've decided, if I bring young people with me next time, I am guaranteed a bottom bunk every night! Getting out of a top bunk of a bunk bed at 2am to go pee is not an easy thing at the ripe age of 34. However, I am considered one of the "young ones", so there's that. So far, Ed is the only one who has fallen out of bed. That might have been due to some very low priced beers found on the streets of Burgos. It's good to laugh at bedtime!

The Burgos Cathedral is absolutely beautiful. I toured the inside too, and everything is so ornate.
The last two days hiking, we have been hiking mostly through fields again, but the weather has been cool and nice to walk in. We left Ed and Neils behind a bit. They had too much fun in Burgos and only hiked half the distance as we did the next day. They are sure to catch up soon. Poor Helen is having a terrible time with her feet. They are covered in blisters, and I feel so bad for her. We walked slowly today and took many nice breaks. I hope to carry some of the weight from her pack for a while to take some load off her feet.

Tonight, we are in a nice village with ruins in the mountain above, and music playing in the streets.
There is a place called "hospital for the soul" here. It is a very tranquil place to go in and rest. I bought a sachet of lavender to sleep with at night and hopefully give me better rest.
My night is ending with an adorable show, in Castrojerez. It is about the camino, but I don't understand most of what they are saying. That doesn't matter.


  1. Oh my goodness! You should turn your brain off more because this is one of my favorite posts! I guess the all are... I love hearing about your adventures! And I noticed you left ME out when you mentioned bringing Trav, Bai, and Chloe on the next camino... Rude!

  2. WOW! The pictures of the Cathedral are breathtaking! Like Jamie says, a little down time for the brain is a good thing :) I love reading about your hike and love the pictures!

  3. Wonderful post. I look forward to one day walking in your steps and experiencing all that you describe. But please, "the old age of 34."!!!!! Don't make me come over there now.