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The Caminos I Walked in Spain

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
I arrived on the all night bus from Lugo before 10am, found a bookstore and bought a guide to the Via Plata of the Camino de Santiago, went to the cathedral, and started walking. There were some nice Roman and monastery ruins in Santiponce. Most times I could see and hear freeways, and the creeks were turbid, grey, and smelled septic. The crops were cotton, with nice bolls, but not yet harvested, and sunflowers, harvested with nothing but dried stubble in the fields. Guillema was a fairly large town, but a large herd of goats was walking through.
Albergue: Guillema
Kilometer: 23
Weather: Clear, sunny, comfortable breeze

Tile Sign with Santiponce Monastary and Roman Stadium

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Early in the day I walked through large olive groves, with occasional citrus. Then there was chaparral, reminiscent of southern California. The rocks and soil were similar, and the types of bushes and oaks were similar, though the species were different. The annual rainfall is probably similar, as is the aridity of the air and soil. There were knee high palms: no similar species populates California chaparral. I felt quite at home walking there.
Albergue: Castilblanco de los Arroyos
Kilometer: 18 41
Weather: Clear, sunny, comfortable breeze

A Harvested Cork Oak

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
I saw several deer, and part of the route was in a cork oak plantation, where I saw many harvested, or partially debarked trees. Several other pilgrims had arranged a taxi, so I sent my pack ahead and slackpacked today.
Albergue: Almaden de la Plata
Kilometer: 29 70
Weather: Clear, sunny, breeze

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Today's walk was through rolling hills covered with oak trees and grass. The Spanish believe the best pork is from free ranging acorn fed pigs, and there were many huge boar ranches along the Camino. I was the only person at the Albergue in Monesterio, and the refrigerator was loaded with food left by yesterday's pilgrims. So I made an omlette of caramelized onions, cured ham, and cheese, and supplemented it with gazpacho, ice cream, yogurt, potato chips, milk, and probably more I've forgotten. Yum!! And I was Stuffed!!
Albergue: Monesterio
Kilometer: 36 106
Weather: partly cloudy, nice temperature


Saturday, September 24th, 2011
I prepared a huge breakfast and still did not manage to clear the leftovers. There were more rolling grass and oak covered hills, and grazing of cattle, pigs, and goats. Towards the end of the day were vineyards and wineries.
Albergue: Puebla de Sancho Perez, in the same building as the oldest bullring in Spain and an Ermita
Kilometer: 45 151
Weather: Sunny, Breezy, nice day for walking

Sunday, September 25th, 2011
It was not easy to find my way through Zafra. If I walked the Caminos again, I would ensure maps of all large cities were in the guidebook, or find and carry separate street maps. Trail blazes often disappear in cities: today I spent a lot of extra time and steps finding my way.


Maybe I ate something disagreeable: a small tender spot appeared in my upper left quadrant yesterday and was bigger today.
Hostal: Casa Perin, in Villafranca de los Barros
Kilometer: 27 178
Weather: Sunny, Breezy, a little hot

Monday, September 26th, 2011
This was a fairly flat and straight line walk through vineyards and olive groves. Both olives and grapes were being harvested by hand in a few places.
Albergue: Torremejia
Kilometer: 28 206
Weather: Sunny, Breezy, Hot

Wasp Burrow, dug up by ?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
There were many Roman bridges, aqueducts, dams, and ruins from Merida onward. I saw several rabbits among the grapes, olives, and chaparral.
Albergue: Aljucen
Kilometer: 32 238
Weather: Sunny, Breezy, afternoon thin cloud layer.

Roman Bridge

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Most of the walk was in acorn oaks and chaparral. I was on a Roman road, complete with bridges and milestones at the end of the day.
Albergue: Aldea del Cano
Kilometer: 35 273
Weather: Sunny, Breezy, thin cloud layer.

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
More Roman roads and bridges, chaparral, etcetera... Caceres had many ancient structures.
Albergue: Casar de Caceres
Kilometer: 36 309
Weather: Sunny, Breezy, thin cloud layer.


Friday, September 30th, 2011
The Albergue at Alcantara was closed, so I walked an extra dozen kilometers to Canaveral, where the Albergue was also closed, so I ended up in a cheap room above a bar. There were no notices of these closures anywhere, though they obviously would be quite helpful to pilgrims.
Hostal: Canaveral
Kilometer: 34 343
Weather: Sunny, Breezy, thin cloud layer.

Saturday, October 1st, 2011
I walked off and on with Jeff, a Belgian, and we had good conversations. Fields here were green with irrigation, and had corn and other crops that required more water. Dinner was one of the best quality menus I've had in Spain, fresh gazpacho with chunks of pepper, onion, and tomato I could add to my taste, albondigas of excellent taste and texture, white chocolate mouse, bread and wine.
Albergue: Carcaboso
Kilometer: 41 384
Weather: Sunny, Stiff Breeze, thin cloud layer.

Caparra Arch

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
Jeff and I walked out at first light, 7:45, and watched a beautiful purple sunrise over some hills. We visited Caparra, a Roman city which has been excavated and slightly rebuilt for tourism. We saw the city and the arch, which is the symbol of the Via de la Plata near Caceres. It was a long hot day with no potable water sources for the first 35 kilometers, so I was happy to find a bar and down a liter and a half of ice cold water and a potato and egg tortilla. Later we found a German pilgrim and enjoyed several ice cold beers in the Hostal bar. Dinner was white asparagus, fried fish, salad, and flan with bread and wine.
Hostal: Aldeanueva del Camino
Kilometer: 40 424
Weather: Sunny, Slight Breeze, Hot


Monday, October 3rd, 2011
This was a nice walk along the Roman road, complete with occasional milestones, bridges, and intact paving. The chaparral is much like southern California.
Albergue: La Calzada de Bejar
Kilometer: 22 446
Weather: Sunny, Slight Breeze, Hot

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
There were some blackberries, but the fruits were dried, and some wild roses with ripe, tasty hips.
Albergue: Fuenterroble de Salvatierra
Kilometer: 20 466
Weather: Sunny, Slight Breeze, Hot


Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
The views from Pico Duenas were nice, and the windmills there were humming away. There were many flies, and most of the walk I was swatting them away from my face. Towards the end there were grainfields, and many mantis and grasshoppers.
Albergue: San Pedro de Rozadas
Kilometer: 29 495
Weather: Sunny, Slight Breeze, Hot

Salamanca Cathedral Door

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
This was my last day of walking the Caminos de Santiago, and I tried to think about all the things which made walking in Spain interesting and unique. It was difficult, though, to get my head around all of the germane thoughts and ideas. During the second half of the walk, there were great views of Salamanca. The city has many beautiful old buildings.
Albergue: Salamanca
Kilometer: 26 521
Weather: Sunny, Slight Breeze, Hot

Salamanca Roman Bridge and Cathedral

Friday - Sunday, October 7th - 9th, 2011
I took the train to Madrid. I visited a few hostals before finding one with space. The room is pretty nice, but noise comes in from every direction, and the wood in the staircase is so old that some of the 2" planks are worn through. It's near the Atocha train station, and also the large downtown park. I spent some time relaxing in the park, and letting my feet recover from all the walking.
Hostal: Madrid, near Atocha
Weather: Sunny, Hot

Monday, October 10th, 2011
I flew to San Diego.

Some Locations along the Camino de Santiago

Place Latitude Longitude Elevation
Date & Time Comment
Seville Cathedral 37.385029 -5.992300 59 2011-09-20T08:38:21Z  
Santiponce 37.432530 -6.038812 75 2011-09-20T11:14:55Z  
Guillena Albergue 37.542402 -6.052142 93 2011-09-20T15:22:11Z  
CastilblancoDeLosArroyosAlbergu 37.669746 -5.987397 364 2011-09-21T10:19:01Z  
Cerro del Calvario 37.864700 -6.078737 595 2011-09-22T14:11:40Z  
Almaden de la Plata Albergue 37.874302 -6.086560 515 2011-09-22T15:08:07Z  
El Real de la Jara 37.949873 -6.155312 505 2011-09-23T09:30:29Z  
HotelBarStore+Highway 38.028689 -6.220017 590 2011-09-23T13:16:24Z  
Monesterio Albergue 38.086905 -6.272120 809 2011-09-23T15:49:36Z  
Fuente de Cantos 38.242232 -6.305887 620 2011-09-24T11:10:34Z  
Puebla de Sancho Perez Albergue 38.389828 -6.413004 567 2011-09-24T18:02:37Z  
Los Santos de Maimona 38.448629 -6.384040 561 2011-09-25T09:05:48Z  
Villafranca de los Barros 38.563911 -6.336433 475 2011-09-25T14:28:16Z  
+CDS CaminoMolinoAlmendralejo 38.677669 -6.362929 387 2011-09-26T09:36:13Z  
Torremejia Albergue 38.791596 -6.375652 324 2011-09-26T13:13:03Z  
Merida 38.915738 -6.349050 203 2011-09-27T09:09:17Z  
El Carrascalejo 39.022956 -6.337237 302 2011-09-27T12:38:42Z  
Aljucen 39.042878 -6.329879 286 2011-09-27T13:37:07Z  
Casas de Don Antonio 39.234532 -6.294831 400 2011-09-28T12:12:33Z  
Aldea del Cano 39.286586 -6.320495 422 2011-09-28T16:09:35Z  
Valdesalor 39.378546 -6.346250 406 2011-09-29T08:10:28Z  
Caceres 39.481418 -6.379337 426 2011-09-29T11:52:35Z  
Canaveral 39.792664 -6.388986 390 2011-10-01T05:36:29Z  
Grimaldo 39.839623 -6.349250 489 2011-10-01T07:29:35Z  
Riolobos 39.919291 -6.304924 301 2011-10-01T11:52:41Z  
Galisteo 39.977424 -6.269744 317 2011-10-01T14:20:36Z  
Alddehuela del Jerte 40.011522 -6.238828 312 2011-10-01T15:42:54Z  
Carcaboso 40.049387 -6.213066 314 2011-10-01T18:06:45Z  
Caparra 40.166415 -6.101162 393 2011-10-02T10:41:02Z  
Bar 40.233435 -5.975137 430 2011-10-02T14:22:54Z  
Aldeanueva del Camino Hostal 40.262802 -5.921297 532 2011-10-02T17:37:21Z  
Banos de Montemayor 40.319061 -5.858169 664 2011-10-03T07:24:03Z  
Puerto de Bejar 40.346359 -5.846648 830 2011-10-03T08:55:44Z  
La Calzada de Bejar 40.409231 -5.816818 752 2011-10-03T11:48:15Z  
Valverde de Valdelacasa 40.480912 -5.781635 758 2011-10-04T07:31:06Z  
Valdelacasa 40.506829 -5.765201 898 2011-10-04T08:18:29Z  
Fuenteroble de Salvatierra 40.564969 -5.731258 901 2011-10-04T10:11:19Z  
San Pedro de Rozados 40.789939 -5.737599 940 2011-10-05T12:19:39Z  
Morille 40.809160 -5.697815 907 2011-10-06T06:36:48Z  
Salamanca Albergue 40.959719 -5.665625 771 2011-10-06T11:20:28Z  
Place Latitude Longitude Elevation
Date & Time Comment


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