Thursday, October 21, 2010

One Week Later

It seems as if we have been back for much more than one week.
Telling the story's of "The Road" and explaining our trip and the things we found.
Happy to be home, but missing the daily routine of starting the day riding off to a place we had never seen, and never could expect
We will miss the little villages and the people that call them home. The Foods that seem to always come as a suprise and all the differnt and wonderful people that served us.
The tough riding made us stronger and bonded us in a way that simple everyday life could never accomplish.
We both are looking forward to another adventure, be it here or there, Anything new, hard or easy. Its always a pleasure!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

18 Days, 644 Miles and 68,570 Feet of Climbing,,

We are home. That was some trip! Without knowing that impact of a "Jubilee Year" Santiago was packed with tourists and Pilgrims alike. Everywhere you went there were more people. After Tuesday night, things got quiet and back to what we had expected for the crowds. In the Plaza in front of the cathedral there were large groups of cyclists, always. One group there were over 20 guys getting their photo taken all in team uniform. I'm thinking that in the future, the Camino will be off limits to bikes. Who knows. Here are some photos from the last 5 days. Most of the computers that I came across did not have a USB port for be to be able to upload views of the road. That is the reason there were not any during a lot of the postings. Remember to click on the photos to make them larger.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

There is Nothing like Santiago

This city is all hand cut stone. Every turn of the head is something beautiful and a work of art.
As I walk through the streets, I am overwhelmed by the intricate stone cuttings that must have taken years to accomplish. Six hundred years of stone art. Made to last for generations of travelers to enjoy for many years to come.

Lovely outdoor cafes, serving our favorite drinks and little dish's of ham, cheese and bread, or just chips. People watching is constant with thousands of tourists the fill the streets. Many "Pilgrims" in hiking boots and staff walk by having just arrived after there long walk.
We love being here. We have made it and enjoy the sit and the time off the bike that now sits waiting to be boxed and shipped back home with us on the plane on Wednesday.
Back to our worlds that while here in Santiago, seems so very far away!

We Made It!

We are in Santiago!

The final day and the road into Santiago was quite beautiful. Mostly all off the main road, unlike the Camino Frances to the North that we finished in 2008.
It took a little wile to find the hotel. A beautiful little spot with a back yard and a view of the "Obradoiro", the facade of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
The bells from the cathedral can be heard from the room, chiming on the quarter hour. Soft and beautiful, not over powering and not too loud.
We got our things together and headed back into town for a walk and see the sights.
The center around the cathedral was packed. 2010, being a "Jubilee Year" has brought over two million people to Santiago this year and the streets are packed! The line to get into the cathedral are longer then we have ever seen!

The view from our back yard of the "Obradoiro"

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cold, Rainy Saturday

Here are some photos for you to enjoy as we pedal North on our second to last day on the Road to Santiago. Click on the photos to make them larger.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Calling from Ourense, Spain

Still moving north. Its cold wet and windy. The landscape is beyond belief, but the computer here at the hotel has no way of sending the photos.
I just wanted to check in and let you know that the team of two is fine and moving North to our destination. On time and looking forward to seeing the tower at the Cathedral at Santiago, Two days away!.
More tomorrow, Time to head out on foot in the rain for some food.