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Day 29-30: Villafranca del Bierzo to Sarria. 🥾 My Pilgrimage on the Camino Francés | Camino de Santiago 2023.

ℹ️Stats - Day 29

Date: Tuesday 30th May

Weather: perfect weather in the am - dry and semi cool. Then hot and sunny! ☀️

From: Villafranca del Bierzo

Start time: 7.50am - wearing shorts! I hope it warms up!

To: O Cebreiro

End time: 3pm - all checked in and sorted by 3.30pm.

Terrain: first 6 miles mountain route. Soft, grassy, muddy. Nice walking. The next 9 miles - road walking & pavement. Very hard on feet. The final 5 miles back in the mountains- gravel tracks and a little muddy.

Accommodation: Albergue Municipal de O Cebreiro. Bottom bunk.

Food: breakfast -4x scrambled eggs (made with a mug and a microwave), avocado, walnuts & raspberries. Pear 🍐. Blueberries 🫐. Stopped - Coke and jelly snakes. Dinner 2x eggs scrambled, crisps. 2x packs of jelly sweets & a Fanta. Packet of peanuts.

🥾Miles: 20 miles

🦶Steps: 43,737

Total miles completed: 432/500

💰Costs: €7 (coke, crisps, peanuts, jelly snakes). Bed 🛏️ €8, €5 sweets and Fanta. = €20

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 7/10

Fatigue: 3/10

Ease of terrain: 8/10

Challenges: the final 5 miles was all uphill and hard going. I was so pleased to have reached the albergue at the top. I was done in and ready for bed! My hips & glutes were also feeling a little sore - probably from the running over the past 2 days.

Highlights: the morning mountain route was stunning- so glad I took that instead of the road walking. Amazing views at the end of the day.


ℹ️Stats - Day 30

Date: Wednesday 31st May

Weather: hot and sunny during the day ☀️. After 4pm thunderstorms ⛈️

From: O Cebreiro

Start time: 7.30am

To: Sarria

End time: 2.45pm - heading out at 3.15pm to get resupply from the supermarket. Chilling is bed after eating by 4.30pm

Accommodation: albergue oasis - booked in advance ✅

Food: morning - 10 walnuts, pear 🍐, 3x dried apricot.

Late lunch at 4.20pm beef burger with onion & broccoli 🥦. Dessert - 2packs of jelly sweets.

Evening snack - Gluten free crackers with vegan spread and chicken pieces, 4x gluten free cookies.

I’ve eaten too much food!! 🫤🫤🫤

🥾Miles: 24 miles (1 extra mile going to the supermarket) = 25.6 by the time I went to bed.

🦶Steps: 51,548

Total miles completed: 456/500 - this is slight wrong as I’ve got 72 miles to do to reach Santiago.

💰Costs: €15 bed, food resupply €38 (I think this is my most expensive yet! Don’t shop when you are hungry!!!) - (beef burger, broccoli, melon, avocado, onion, 2x tomato, blueberries 🫐, 3x jelly sweets, gluten free biscuits and crackers, hummus, vegan spread, peanuts, crisps, bacon, eggs, dates, pack of chicken. = €53

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 8/10

Fatigue: 4/10 - during the day 8/10 after I stopped.

Ease of terrain: 7/10

Challenges: having to walk 11 mins (0.5 miles) to the open supermarket and back again to get food. I was so tired and I hadn’t eaten since the am - felt quite low and thought I was going to pass out. Made it back to the albergue and cooked up a storm. Ended up eating too much and getting a stomach ache!

Highlights: 24 miles done ✅- did a few miles of running at the end. Another great day. The last 3 days and today have been my favourite part of the Camino so far. Love being in the mountains and going through the more remote sections.


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