Thursday, August 7, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The bike situation that I saw in my recent trip to Spain may have stimulated me to consider this because all the bikes I saw in the pilgrim road were MTB which was a totally difference scene from that in French Pyrenee. The road surface was indeed a definite problem for narrow road racer tires. I would at least like to couple my existing frame with some cyclocross tires logically. Ultimately, my two bikes could possibly have different focuses in their concept in order to cope with wider applications.
Firstly, BH Cristal will gather most of light-weight parts to enhance its character as the running machine. I obtained this BH frame originally for my partner just in case she joins biking, but so far she stays reluctant, therefore it may be time to assume this bike purely for myself now. When it is coupled with ZIPP wheels in place for sleek, aluminum Mavic, the mood became completely aggressive. I am thinking of Di2 installation in the future, but this Cristal frame has no provisions for Di2 according to BH, and everything has to be external, which distracts my motivation quite a bit. If I get FC-9000 cranks instead and compromise with Planet-X CNC brakes, the weight can be very close to 6kg realistically. I have Prologo C.one30 saddle waiting for my pick-up in US for this project.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
|Sarria - the river fence with the symbol scallops|
|Portmarin - very relaxing|
|Albergue Ferramenteiro - huge dormitory|
|The most gorgeous signpost on the Way|
|Pilgrim road with Blessing above in the sky!|
|Fuente water for pilgrims on way to Palas de Rei|
|Church in Melide|
|Mass for pilgrims|
Sunday, June 8, 2014
|A sideway here was another Camino with St. Jacques! ここにも巡礼路!|
Saturday, June 7, 2014
|Hospederia Monastica Pax|
Friday, June 6, 2014
Forum Evolucion (€55) in Burgos was a very contemporary petit hotel that runs now for over 2 years. It locates very close to the bus terminal as well as supermarkets conveniently in the other side of Cathedral across the river. The room was designed nice and clean, and in the bathroom the toilet can be shut by a sliding glass door. I was fully content with the quality for the price for two. I was curious about its name and soon learned that it was another huge event facility of the city across the street, and its modern architecture was attractive.
We had a light lunch at the hotel café and went out for sightseeing. We saw more pilgrims here, and we walked to the municipal albergue for issuing our own credentials. It was a modern renovation of building with the capacity of some 150 pilgrims, but around 16 or 17 o’clock in the afternoon, they were telling to the visiting pilgrims that the facility was already full the night.
There are 2 spots you shouldn't missin Burgos: the Cathedral and Monasterio de Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas. No need to add a word for the Cathedral as everybody visits there, but it was indeed the first class in terms of gorgeousness among many churches I visited this time. Each surrounding chapel and its ceiling showed breath-taking artistic effort.
Monasterio Las Huelgas has been maintained by the Spanish kingdom. It locates a little away for the center, and you walk through an upper-class town of nice flats. We arrived at Monasterio before 13:00 assuming sufficient before Siesta closing at 14:00, but they said to us the ticket gate closed 1 hour in advance already. Here the visitors have to be guided and they said English-speaking guides cannot be arranged immediately either. We begged them asking how they could help miserable visitors all the way from Japan, and in the end they somewhat reluctantly replied that we could catch up and join a Spanish tour already in process. So a staff took us inside the monastery and let us merge with the tour. We thought it would be a group of Spanish people but actually there was a single only lady visitor there. The guide actually spoke English, and she started explaining in 2 languages. This tour was impressive. Both architectural variety and quality, although photos were not allowed. We thought more visitors should see this.
One another spot: Castillo on a hilltop behind the Cathedral. We walked up via San Esteban, but the facility was close somehow. Another female visitor was seen coming up, a Croatian diplomat's wife this lady introduced herself, and we regretted our misfortune. There was a vista point downward, so we could at least have a panoramic view of the city.