Mikki’s place to the Camino

I have never been so reluctant to leave a somewhere like ‘Mikki’s place’, I know the weather was superb but there was something about the place that was colourful, peaceful and good for the soul. We will return.
From Mikki’s we joined up with Vic and Hils again for a couple of nights wild camping by a couple of surfing beaches.
After saying goodbye we left them to meander up the coast whilst we struck out inland to a favourite place from last year, Messejana. It is a very cheap Aire with all facilities including electric for only 5 euros a night. Again the weather was good and we stayed for 2 nights and had our best meal in Portugal.
That bill included starters two jugs of fine wine, coffees, deserts and brandies.
We left and crossed the border into Spain to yet another of our favourite free Aires in Caseras.
Check out the ice cold glasses, straight from the freezer.
From Caseras we decided it was time for a bit more luxury and headed north to a camp-site situated on the Camino trail to Santiago de Campostela near Burgos.
We explored the town on the 2nd day and met up with several pilgrims wending their merry way along the route. We joined them for a couple of kilometres and each had their own very different story of what made them take on such a mammoth task.
The normal route from southern France as featured in the film ‘The Way’ is over 800 Kilometres long.
From this town there is still over 400 kilometres to go
Most of the the ‘Pilgrims’ we met were doing it in stages a week or two at a time, going home and rejoining where they left and continuing for another couple of weeks, however, one Dutch lady we met had already done the whole route in one go 40 days at an average of 20 kilometres a day, and was doing it again!!.
We will leave here tomorrow and head back to the boat. The weather forecast is poor now and getting colder so we will not hang about and the lure of the log burning stove on thee boat is beginning to call me.

This post was written by Terry Barrett

Photographs by Tes


  • Betsey and Chris Bomford

    Sounds like you have had a grand time in the south and the food looks wonderful. Safe trip back. C & B

  • sue and ian deany

    we are looking at a 9 metre boat to come back to the canals. We miss our moveable house. It will only be for the two of us with the occasional visitor. If we buy we will head for the Netherlands next year. Our son in London is returning home so we have lost of bed in London. Very inconsiderate we feel! However, great to have him back. We too are visiting Spain in September with our French friends. Madrid and the surrounds.
    You sound like you are certainly enjoying yourselves. We may catch up somewhere sometime. Best wishes Sue and Ian

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