August - October 2016
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  • Day33

    The Adventure Begins

    September 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Taking off this morning to get out to my starting point. Portland > Chicago > Madrid > Biarritz > St Jean Pied de Port. Should be there by tomorrow at 3pm-ish. Will chill there for an evening and hope to start my walk on Wed, Sept 7.Read more

  • Day36

    First 2 days: Sept 7-8

    September 8, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Left St Jean De Pied de Port (pic #1) Tue AM & arrived in Orisson by lunch; the longest 6 miles (10 km) I can remember ever walking, due to 85+ temp & 30+% humidity. Was glad I stayed put for the afternoon instead of continuing on to Roncesvalles, another 11 km of up, then 4km of steep downhill. Beautiful view from Orisson (pic #2).
    Day 2 has been misty and cool, perfect for the 15km trek to Roncesvalles. Missed some great views, I'm sure, but this allowed me to focus on the sweet cows, horses, and sheep grazing about. One of my new favorite sounds is the cow bell (worn by both horses & cows); even if I couldn't see them, the sound let me know they were out there, grazing leisurely. The trail also took me through a beautiful beech (mostly) forest. (pics 5-6).
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  • Day38

    Zubiri & Pamplona

    September 10, 2016 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Fri, Sept 9: More cool, comfortable travels from Roncesvalles to Zuburi - a little over 20km. Beautiful views and towns along the way as well as a pilgrim terrier named Yogi.

    Sat, Sept 10: Another 20-some km to Pamploma! Sun was out and temp was up, but not quite so brutal as first day. More hiking through forest and a lovely town or two.
    Lost a trekking pole off a bridge as I was admiring the view, but nope, didn't get a pic as I tried instead to recover the pole. No luck, but one pole still comes in handy.
    Pamplona is fantastic & a great place to people watch. I found a swingset too!
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  • Day42

    Falling Behind in Posting Updates!

    September 14, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Hi Peeps! As I suspected, I'm not doing so well at keeping up with the posting, and don't imagine I'm going to be getting any better.

    Trust that all is well and I'm having a fantastic time. I will try to post some pics tonight or tomorrow night.

    Today I did just under 30km and am settling in to an albergue in Logrono. About to get a 30 min leg massage for 15€! It's going to feel sooooo good!!!
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  • Day45

    Pamplona to Puente La Reina

    September 17, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Sun, Sept 11: 25km on a very hot and sunny day! Always great to reach the albergue, hit the showers and grab a beer. Another refreshing beverage in the area is tinto de verano, which is red wine with lemon fizzy water - so good! As we left Pamplona at 6:30 Mon morn, many of Sat night's celebratory were still stragling out of the bars.

    Pic #1 - looking back on Pamplona
    Pic #2 - cool wrought iron art work of pilgrims
    Pics #3 - 4 passing thru town of Obanos
    Pics #5 - 6 Puente La Reina

    Walked through town of Puente La Reina feeling beat and then had to hoof it up a long dusty hill to our albergue. We were rewarded for this final grueling bit with a gorgeous swimming pool which was thoroughly enjoyed.
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  • Day45

    Estella to Los Arcos

    September 17, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Tues, Sept 13: 21km walk beginning with a beautiful light rain. Felt fabulous after 2 previous days of heat. Passed the fountain that pours red wine and drank a little bit from my scallop shell (which many pilgrims carry to indicate they are, indeed, pilgrims). The day warmed up to around 70° and was beautiful.Read more