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Day 27-28: Foncebadón to Villafranca del Bierzo. 🥾 My Pilgrimage on the Camino Francés | Camino de Santiago 2023.



ℹ️Stats - Day 27 - one of my most favourite days 😁

Date: Sunday 28th May

Weather: warm, dry & sunny ☀️

From: Foncebadón

Start time: 7.11 am

To: Ponferrada

End time: 12.45pm - checked in - had a shower & cooked food 🍽️

Terrain: very rocky, gravel paths. A few short forest sections and a few pavement sections.


Accommodation: Albergue Guiana-Hostel - top bunk - 7 people in the room.

Food: tortilla with 2x gluten free crackers 😋, Coke Zero & sweets, 3 eggs scrambled, 2x banana & 2 egg pancakes with 4 blocks of dark chocolate & walnuts. Dates.


🥾Miles: 17 miles

🦶Steps: 34,198


Total miles completed: 397/500


💰Costs: food €3.50, washing clothes €5, bed 🛏️ €15 = €23.50


Subjective feeling out of 10 on:


Enjoyment: 8/10 - loved today - so far my most favourite day.

Fatigue: 2/10 - felt amazing

Ease of terrain: 6/10 - terrain was a lot harder especially on the descents, steep and very rocky. You needed to be careful of your foot placement.



Challenges: it’s a Sunday so no supermarkets open. Only small convenience stores - so not able to do a food resupply. I’ve still got walnuts, dates, seeds & a tangerine left!


The snoring was unbearable- still awake at 2.30am - enjoyment went from 8 to 2. I. Hate. Not. Being. Able. To. Sleep. 💤


Highlights: epic day - stunning scenery. Felt so strong and fit. Towards the final 5 miles started running the flats and the downhill sections. Loved it. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️



 


ℹ️Stats - Day 28

Date: Monday 29th May.

Weather: dry and warmer. Started walking with no jacket. Super hot towards mid day ☀️☀️☀️

From: Ponferrada

Start time: 8.20am

To:Villafranca del Bierzo

End time: 12.45pm

Terrain: pavements, gravel paths, hard concrete


Accommodation: Albergue El Castillo booked in advance ✅ - bottom bunk.

Food: tangerine, 8 dates, 4 eggs scrambled, 1/4 melon & parmaham, haribo sweets, strawberries 🍓, blueberries & raspberries. 2 eggs scrambled & more fruit.


🥾Miles: 15 miles

🦶Steps: 32,235


Total miles completed: 412/500


💰Costs: bed 🛏️ €15, €19 food resupply = €34


Subjective feeling out of 10 on:


Enjoyment: 7/10 - solid morning! As long as I get good food in - it will stay a 7

Fatigue: 3/10 - felt great again. Towards the end of the day - ran the downhills and flats.

Ease of terrain: 4/10



Challenges: none.


Highlights: great millage and feeling strong 💪 . Good weather and some nice views. Afternoon nap in the sun and catching up in sleep. Also did some planning for the next 2 days. I wasn’t able to book the next accommodation- but it’s a municipal albergue with 100 beds. So I should be ok and I’ve booked a bed for the next big city - Sarria which I’ll reach on the 31st.


 

Watch Vlog #13 below!




 


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