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Day 39 - Paradoxes and Connections , Part I. 18klms


Tue 24th Oct., Entrepeñas to Puebla de Sanabria


So much to say ...


Let's start with a wolf report. No wolves, but here where we are tonight there's the Centro del Lobo Ibérico, the Centre for the Iberian Wolf. Sadly it seems that we won't be able to visit, as it doesn't look like it's open tomorrow.


One of the paradoxes of today was that for the most part I really enjoyed the walk, and it rained all day and we arrived here into Puebla de Sanabria soaked and cold. (Tomorrow the forecast seems to be for more of the same, and it's a 30 klm day tomorrow, so we may well resort to a taxi.)


Two themes came into my head today. The connections one was triggered by my "conversations" with Jill from New Mexico. She and I have never met, and in all likelihood never will, but through this electronic medium we've established a connection. This then got me thinking about a whole range of other connections. The paradoxes theme is sort of related to this, and yet not - perhaps a paradox in itself. There were a few I noticed today that I want to talk about.


But today time is not my friend. It can take me up to 3 hours to write these blogs, and I'm not going to be able to do it justice. So I'll do what I can, and save the rest for Part II, hopefully tomorrow.


Last night's Casa Rural in Entrepeñas was wonderful. Our hostess Dominga ("Domi") was delightful, and the little two-story house, warm and comfortable. Here's blue Janet sorting out shoes in front of blue Casa.



Because we stayed on the other side of Asturianos we had a short 3 klm walk into that town for morning coffee.


Leaving Entrepeñas I was struck by one of my first paradoxes. An elderly señor drove past us twice in his ancient Citroën CV2 Panel Van ( no photo - I was too slow in the rain). The beautiful old car was probably 70 years old; the paradox being that he was driving on the backrooms over the incredibly busy A-53 freeway; the Citroën's top speed perhaps half that of the highway.


Along the way I was interested to see the local iglesia.




We got to Asturianos to find both bars cerrado. As we pondered our next move the panaderia van arrived, loudly tooting his horn to announce his presence. We looked at each other. I wandered over; ¿tienes pan? I enquired. Si (fairly obviously) was the answer. So we purchased a loaf of bread; the bread man told us that the café in the next town was open, so off we headed.



Along the way a GR fix (not very wolf-like)



It really was a beautiful walk today, despite being very wet and very cold







No kidding!!!


We criss-crossed the A-53 today. As with yesterday’s train-track selfie, today it was a cold freeway selfie




And a few other shots along the way today:


Enterprising taxi owner




Old, new, fancy ...



Entering Puebla de Sanabria


Out of time. Part II, Connections, later. Stand by ...

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Convidado:
24 de out. de 2023

Good morning. Seems to me you are both really hitting your straps now . It has all become so easy . Perhaps when you reach the end you might feel like turning and doing it all again. Beautiful countryside . Loved your comment about how little we need in life . So true but so easy to forget . Thank you for the reminder. All the best . Susan

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frank gunther
frank gunther
24 de out. de 2023

Hello Peter,

I discovered your blog on Ivan's Camino forum. You are travelling the El Camino (Via de La Plata) which I will start April 3; Flights and lodging in Sevilla already booked. I plan on reading through your blog in preparation. Thank you for being a pathfinder.


BTW I read you are from Australia and between dogs😣. What kind did you have? I am the proud human of 2 Heelers. One blue, Brumby. One red, Copper.


I joined your mailing list


Buen Camino

Frank Gunther South Carolina, USA

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pac
pac
26 de out. de 2023
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Hi Frank


Two others have answered the dog question, so I don't need to do that.


But to the Via. An April start seems very sensible to me. Our personal circumstances are that a March/April start doesn't suit us, but it would seem to be a much better weather option. The way the climate is radically changing a September start (even mid-Sept) can be way too hot in the south and by the time one gets up here you hit the early Galician winter. If my posts (ramblings) are at all helpful to you then that's a bonus for me. Buen Camino.

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