Journey

Leon, Party Town

  Andrew and I spent Sunday and Monday in the city of Leon. The primary purpose was to have everything sorted for the next stage of the journey. We needed to get Andrew a pilgrim's passport. This is the document you get stamped at each albergue you stay in. When you reach Santiago this is the […]

Starting Points and Ending Points

  The Camino has different starting and ending points for people whether geographically, spiritually or relationally. The common thread is the shared experience of the route taken and the walking alongside others. Today I arrived in Leon and that has meant some ending points. Albert, from Holland, flies back to Rotterdam and starts a new […]

A goal achieved!

Today I achieved a personal goal. By reaching the town of Fromista, I have now walked the whole of the Camino Frances from St Jean Pied du Port, in France to Santiago de Compostella, in Spain. In 2013 Jes and I caught the bus from Burgos to Fromista so we could be on schedule to meet […]

A magical day

The Meseta means different things to different people. For some it is a challenge, a wasteland that must be endured to reach the goal of Santiago. For others the barren wasteland look caused by the hot dry summer brings its own beauty. Others avoid it as a boring barren section that can be bypassed to […]

Big day that ended in tears

  Really clocked up the kilometres today. Started in Najera at 6am and stopped 8 hours later in Redecilla del Camino having walked 32 kms - ahead of schedule. The albergue is very quiet. It holds 40 but I would say that there are only 10 people here. It is an albergue in the middle of […]

Doing the business in Logrono

It was great having a relaxed start today. With only 10 kms to Logrono and not needing to get there before 1pm, I could afford to take my time. The albergue was very quiet after the initial chaos of 5am and then the more relaxed walkers leaving in dribs and drabs from 6:30 am on. […]

Putting my best foot forward

  Even though it is just under two weeks before Andrew joins me, I am having to plan my walk so I hit Leon at the right time. Added to that is the need to sign some final papers for the sale of our house, so I need to hit a major town to print them, then […]

Thinking strategically

It was an easier day today, only 24 kms. With an early start at 6 am, I was able to make it to Villa Mayor de Monjardin by 1pm, which is very early to stop. My problem was the next town with an albergue was another 13 kms - too far! A good start tomorrow will […]

Listening to your body

  Today the aim was to reach the town of Lorca. A group I had become friendly with were heading there and it would be great continue our friendship. I walked further today with a detour to the church of Saint Maria del Eunate so come mid afternoon, I was done 5 kms short of Lorca. […]

Remembering what the Camino is about.

  These beatitudes were given to me at the church of St Esaban up on a hill, outside Pamplona. An excellent reminder of what the journey is all about.

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