September 2017
  • Day1

    Caminho de Santiago

    September 7, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    Ready to begin our exciting adventure! All packed in our tiny backpacks and flight to Paris leaves tonight!

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  • Day2

    Bordeaux

    September 8, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 70 °F

    Long car ride from Paris to Bordeaux through beautiful countryside. Bordeaux is a wonderful city full of old charm with young crowds. Had an amazing French dinner with a lovely Bordeaux wine. The duck Sheppards pie was fantastic!

  • Day6

    St Jean PIED de Port to Valcarlos Sp

    September 12, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    Day 3 Sunday
    Started our caminho! Hiked down to town to attend a Basque mass with many other pilgrims. We didn't understand it but it was still beautiful and emotional. We hiked 8 miles up and down beautiful hillsides (mostly up and up and up) to Valcarlos. Oh, and of course we were blessed with rain. Tired we arrived at our hillside casa rural. There, we met a 71 year old woman hiking alone. We had a great dinner and great conversation by a warm fire.Read more

  • Day6

    Bordeux to St Jean Pied de Port

    September 12, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Day 2 Saturday
    We drove to Lourdes to visit another Pilgrim site, Santuary Our Lady of Lourdes. This is where Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette. An emotional moment as this was a place my mother wanted to visit when I took her to France.
    We dropped off our rental and rushed through a thunder storm to catch our train. It was filled with caminho pilgrims, all going to St Jean Pier de Pont, our official starting point.Read more

  • Day6

    Valcarlos to Espinal

    September 12, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    9.11 Monday
    Still raining and cool, we treched uphill again. This time, steeper, through mud and rocks, and constant rain. Prayed to God a lot. More than 15 miles over the Pyrenees took longer than expected but the beauty of all around us was still amazing. Having a warm hot shower at the end of the day was enough reward.Read more

  • Day7

    Espinal to Zubiri

    September 13, 2017 ⋅ 🌙 63 °F

    9.12 Tuesday
    Finally a sunny easy 10 mile walk. Not! The trail started out nice with a light drizzle. We were finally able to remove our rain gear. In less than an hour, the walk was treacherous and very slow going. There was lots and lots of mud and washed out dirt which now exposed slippery rocks. It was heads down all the way to keep from falling. Our treking poles got the most use today. Could not have completed without them. Very happy to arrive in Zubiri although we spent lots of time cleaning the mud from our shoes and washing the mud from our pants.Read more

  • Day8

    Zubiri to Pamplona

    September 14, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    9.13 Wednesday
    So Wednesday morning was a filled with pilgrims. I should say something about all the pilgrims we've already met from around the world - South Korea, Japan, Sweeden, Germany, Canada, Washington State, Oregon, to name just a few. All ages, from 20 to 70+. Everyone is very kind and helpful to one another. All the Spaniards are also very courteous. One even passed out candy to us from their car as we approached Pamplona. Although many choose to do the entire Camino to Santiago all at once , many only do parts, return to school or work and continue another time. It is truly amazing to travel a path so many hundreds of thousands have traveled before.

    So today's Camino started the earliest 7:30 am and was a long day with plenty of sunshine. A pleasant walk through beautiful countryside full of history. Our first hot day, above 80° as we walked into Pamplona. Somehow we managed to go out and enjoy walking around the old section of Pamplona.
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