Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

Villatuerta to Los Arcos


I want to add some things from past days before I begin today.
Clarification about Apple picking (especially for Gerta and Cecilia): I did not encourage Deborah to climb the fence to pick apples. I was so surprised that she was going over a barbed wire fence that I had to take a photo. It was not an orchard. Deb said that it was a lone apple tree that was being neglected. I would never encourage somebody to do trespass and pick apples.

More on Casa Magical: Miguel, Simone’s business partner, worked on the feet of any pilgrim that had blisters and magically fixed their feet. People were amazed.

The pilgrim dinner last night was delicious and I enjoyed talking with other pilgrims

I am sad about Simone because she told me that she has been sick and the Albergue is now too much for her to handle. She only plans to stay open through October. They are trying to sell it so she can get rid of the debt and return to Brazil. It is such a wonderful place. I forgot to write about the group of hammocks hanging there for pilgrims to rest. Please send good thoughts to her for a buyer of this wonderful place to appear in her life.

Now for what I did today.
I left this morning at 6:30 when it was still pretty dark. It took an eagle eye to follow the marks in the street. I love coming to the fountains.

It was great to find fountains.
I actually took a small drink of wine from the wine fountain in Estella.

I poured wine from the fountain near Estella.

I took a drine of wine from the fountain.
I walked 26km today. I did great for the first 19 km and then slowed down. Yet, I made it to Casa Austria in Los Arcos where I am very happy that I had a reservation. They were booked full when I got there. I did my laundry. I met a woman named, Nancy, and she invited me to have dinner with her friends and the priest from California. Tonight my legs and feet are tired. I managed to get a 15 minute massage.

After 9 so time to go to bed.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

12 thoughts on “Villatuerta to Los Arcos

  1. Love all your entries. Happy trails.


  2. Was the wine good? Cheers, Joanna


  3. Looks to me like you took more then a sip. Well deserved I’m sure. Take care of those feet.


  4. That’s so cool!


  5. Looks to me that the wine was so tasty you went back for more.


  6. Hi Nancy, Finally checked your blog. So happy all is going well. You are doing great. I’ll be following along. Good luck.



  7. 26K!!!!!!!!!!!! ā¤ļøšŸ

    Sent from my iPhone



  8. Hei, I am happy when you find some fruit on the way! The wine fountain sounds like fun, never heard about something like that. I sure can’t wait for you to get home to get the whole story. Mind those feet, you still have a ways to go!


  9. 26K!!!!!! Awesome!!!!!!!


  10. Way to go Nancy! Hope the wine gave you a bit of inspiration to move forward. Quite a trek you are on and we are amazed at the distances you have covered. We will cheek daily on your posts and soon while in Portugal we can continue to do such knowing we are much closer to where you are. Oh Porto here we come!


  11. I love reading your posts and the wonderful photos, Nancy. Thank you so much for taking the time to share. I’d love to be right there with you. I miss my pilgrimages! It has been 3 years since I did the last part of the Camino. Enjoy, dear lady!! šŸ™‚ Love, Meredith


  12. Hi Nancy – as a total stranger, but one who has walked the camino 4 times, I’m enjoying reading your blog along with your friends who so clearly love you.
    And I just want to clarify about the fruit trees – your blog post was clear to me that going over a fence to take fruit was NOT your idea.
    And obviously you’re not in charge of anyone else. So that’s definitely not a reflection on you in any way. I only mentioned it because the fruit stealing thing is a huge problem and unthinking ‘pilgrims’ make life difficult for the locals. In this case – maybe it was a lonely, uncared for tree – but there was a fence…. enough said. You’ll notice there’s a huge amount of grape stealing along the way as well. So anything you can do to help would be appreciated by those who are land owners along the way.
    Buen camino – ultreia!


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