Crossing Borders, Day 3 – Tineo to Pola de Allende

What strikes me is that all the people I meet are so friendly and helpful. Yesterday I had many good talks and received help where I did not expect it. I was invited to try fresh hazelnuts while talking about Sweden and Spain. This is all part of the experience on the camino.

I covered 25km and about 800 height meters. Very hot day and lots of sun.

As I left the Tineo I entered into a steep climb which quickly took me out of the town into rural areas. The views were spectacular. So hard not to stop.
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In order to keep the momentum up. I decided to have one photo shoot every km, but this proved hard to keep. Good rule of thumb. Let’s see how it will work out the following days.

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At the highest peak, Piedratecha, I started the unexpected journey. The combination of arrows pointing in different directions and me looking at the views, took me down the hill in the wrong direction. So down I went through small villages until I reached the pueblo of Peligro.

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A stop at a local bar (one of two). While having a coffee the people there got involved in how to get me back on track. I was a long way from the path..

The owner told me to drink up and come with him. ‘I want you to have a good camino.’ He said smiling. Without expecting anything, he drove me to the path. With a ‘Buen camino!’, he smiled and waved before leaving. Lovely man and I was so grateful.

As I continued I met Nicolas and Niklas from Denmark. Niclas had hurt his knee and needed a supporting bandage. Now it was my turn to help out. I gave him mine and then walked with them the 2km until their stop for the day. Great guys!

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I then continued into the forest again passing camino markers as I went along.Nice and cool under the trees.

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There is something about running in and out of forests along the hill side. Then suddenly a gravel road, village or passing the main road. I started to feel my legs, so stretching and squats became part of the routine as I continued. It helped, but I wonder what the locals thought, most likely, ‘Sueco loco!’. Maybe I am, but then a happy one.

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Coming close to my destination I passed this lovely valley and I just had to stop. Not visible in this picture, but an eagle was soaring right above it all. Bliss..

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Finally hit the main road into Pola de Allende. A little more following the asphalt and I was done for the day.

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Good day and a well deserved dinner before preparing for the next day and resting. The Asturian Fabada is a must. Yum!

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1 comment for “Crossing Borders, Day 3 – Tineo to Pola de Allende

  1. Eva
    juli 28, 2014 at 3:06 e m

    Underbara möten! Och det känns som om kunskaper i spanska är en stor fördel!

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