๐ŸŽถ River Deep – Mountain High ๐ŸŽถ :- ๐Ÿ‘ฃ or ๐Ÿšฒ or ๐ŸŽ

Where to start ๐Ÿค”? Get a coffee- it’s a long one โ˜•๏ธ.

Ok there are 3 ways allowable to make Camino – and gain your “Compostella” – the elaborate certificate at the Cathedral Pilgrim Office in Santiago. If feet are not cooperating then you have the centuries old way of Horse or Donkey or a recent introduction- a Bike. Anything else does not qualify- and as I’ve made 650k mark I’m not going to start calling an Uber now ! ๐Ÿ˜†

So what to do when I’m in the valley of Las Herrerias de Valcarce and the next day has a notorious climb to O Cebreiro ? Decisions to be made over dinner in the marvellous Albergue Casa Lixa .

Camino makes resourceful people such as Lucia (Parma , Italy) Julia ( Germany) and Maria …. from Astorga but speaks Scouse ๐Ÿคฃ and knows Southport well ! Plus Abby i think (USA )

Decision made ! – oh yes …..

Bloody terrifying ๐Ÿคฃ but a memorable way to officially enter into Galicia !!!

…….. Into Hilltop village of O Cebreiro and my first taste of Galician “Pulpo” at the top of the Mountain with people I met along the way .

Mika on the right – Icelandic – via Doctor in US army , Neurologist , retrained as Psychologist – genial genius

Robin – Without a word from me – Nurse from Dรผsseldorf- (accent๐Ÿ˜†) Zomething is not right with your foot “Iron” ? ( breaks out Medic Kit ๐Ÿ’•)

Love Camino people and Robin and Hannah his girlfriend are so typical . They camp as have little money – but share what they have . I repay with Ice Cream and Beer ๐Ÿ˜Ž.

I’m staying on top of the Hill tonight – it’s super quaint – this is the supermarket!

My Alberque too is really good – friends of Victor – the horse guy – Good man to know โœ…

Next steps ? – the following day I see a sign for bike hire – it’s a clear choice – especially when I see the downhill route profile – Hurrah !

I leave late morning as I have an amazing brunch reunion with Brigitta , Martin , Donna , and Co’ – all too short as I’m cycling and I’ll comfortably cover twice the distance . Swear to meet in Santiago as they take scenic different route to me and I have the speed now to build in rest days .

Onto the Bike – such a comfort – feeling good – beautiful view above clouds

– a few hills …… and yes !! – 20 minutes of happy freewheeling- a 10k downhill into …….. Oops the wrong valley. ๐Ÿ˜ณ i wondered what those Farmers were waving ๐Ÿ‘‹ and shouting as I shot past ! ๐Ÿคฃ . Ok what to do ?

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Same farmers 20 mins later – hitch a ride back up – me AND the bike – lovely people .

…. shoot through Triacastela- get word friends having Lunch – lovely salad and Cerveza with Tatiana and Kenny ( Belgian Military attachรฉ – Paris !!) and Carolina .

…. and on another 25k and into Sarria . Pushed it up a couple of hills ๐Ÿคช . But feeling fit and back on schedule

– ….big town – yummy sweet things my girls would like ๐Ÿ‘…

And into the most hospitable family at Alb’ Casona de Sarria. Booked me another bike , ran me to get foot checked by Doc’s ( all good healing well , no worries , “Bike good , Walk no for 3 days ” – ok I can do that ! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ , ) nice to get the all clear officially.

Late night coffee and laughs with owners – Sisters – Marcella on right – well after other Pelegrรญnos have gone to bed . (Rest day tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜ƒ)

Which leads me to now – sat on the corner of Main Street and Callรฉ Josรฉ Antonio – close enough to John Anthony ! – Cheers Dad ๐Ÿป

Where I meet Arnie – coincidence – last seen with his wife Anna in Leรถn !! We swop war stories over coffee as he broke his foot ! While a small dog takes a liking to mine ๐Ÿ˜Š

Feeling Good , Feeling Fit …… ๐Ÿ‘‹ until next time xxxxx

5 thoughts on “๐ŸŽถ River Deep – Mountain High ๐ŸŽถ :- ๐Ÿ‘ฃ or ๐Ÿšฒ or ๐ŸŽ

  1. My boy! Love you & the horse…so many Eeyore stories linked with you & that mode of transport…including an Ol’ To request for some ponies for ‘Dos Cabelieros et Uno Seniorita!’ – with his raised eyebrows, and fabulous Spanglish! Keep well, keep safe & keep blogging.
    Love you
    xxx

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  2. The return of โ€˜Edwardo โ€˜ the cannibal horse!๐Ÿ˜canโ€™t say you look dead relaxed on your mount Mr. H. !๐Ÿ˜‚
    So pleased to hear your foot is healing, I keep grossing people out by showing them the picture! I feel they need to feel your pain! What a fab bunch of people – thank them from me for looking after you. ๐Ÿ’• loads of love determined boy xxxx

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  3. Well youโ€™ve certainly put a new spin on the planes, trains and automobiles theme ….. from now on itโ€™ll be Horses, Bikes and Donkeys ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Good to see youโ€™re resting those tootsies ๐Ÿ‘

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