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Apr 23, 2019 - A week and a 100 mile journey

Hello dear friends and family, My Way began last Tuesday when I walked over the French Pyrennes. It was 6 hours of continual uphill and 2 more hours to reach the first alburgue(dormitory). Very steep, and according to the guide book, the steepest climb of the trip. If you get stuck in a snow storm at the top you can stay in a wonderful abode. The next few days have been exhilirating and exhausting. The Basque region consists of "rolling" hills, translated to mean steep, up and down, very rocky paths. Thank God for walking sticks or I surely...

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Camino de Santiago

Apr 8, 2019 - Rest Day - Logrono

Today is a rest day. Got up late. Washed my clothes. It's either that or have them charge me 5 euros to wash my socks. Actually, it might have been money well spent. If no other piece of clothing is clean - it's always nice to have fresh clean socks - your feet being the most important part of your body along the Camino. But once I get started washing, I might as well do everything so I've taken over the washroom with hanging and dripping things. Late desayuno (breakfast) with 5 cups of cafe solo. Now I'm buzzing. Came back to my room and...

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Solo Camino 2019

Apr 6, 2019 - Los Arcos to Logrono

6 April 2019 - 615.6 kms. to Santiago Today walked into the State of La Rioja. At least here, the bartenders won't sneer (in Spanish) "Those English tourists only ask for Rioja". It was sunny today but the wind has kept up. It might look like I have been drinking a lot - pretty red in the face - but that's just windburn (and I'm sticking with that story). I was all set to grab a cab in Viana (about 20 kms into the walk) but there was a festival going on in town and virtually all the roads were closed - so I stopped for a wine to fortified...

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Solo Camino 2019

May 16, 2015 - Los Arcos - Logrono

28km - 6h Départ 6h45 de Los Arcos. Cette étape me fait quitter La région de la Navarre pour entrer dans La Rioja terre du vin bien connu. Les vignobles de La Rioja commencent dès l'approche de la ville de Viana. Il paraît que le climat de cette région est très proche de celui du bordelais. Pas étonnant que Viana est jumelée avec La Brede (cf photo), ville près de Bordeaux elles partagent climat et bon vin! L'étape est longue mais de difficulté moyenne (enfin moyenne quand on a déjà parcouru 145km ...). Temps nuageux mais pas de pluie. Il y...

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Jan 14, 2015 - Resting

My most recent walk was from Estella to Los Arcos. Rolling hills, distant views of peaks and cliffs, and lush green fields of what could be winter wheat that make it feel like a cold May. Walking was mostly comfortable. After a stop of any length, it'd take several painful steps for my ailments to settle in and just about disappear. I managed to treat my blisters for mostly pain-free steps. My motivation was that I had been told in Estella that there was no clinic and that I needed to go to Los Arcos. When I entered Los Arcos, a services...

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Apr 7, 2014 - Estella to Los Arcos; Los Arcos to Logroño

Estella to Los Arcos This part of the trail is memorable since one passes La Fuenta de Vino (The fountain of wine) at Bodegas Irache - just a few kilometers outside Estella. Like all pilgrims, Pat and I were drinking vino tinto at 8:00 in the morning. The route is lovely along here - a bit of a hill to begin the day, but the wine, cooler morning and shade of the oak and pine forest made the climb easier. In the distance we could see huge cliffs and rolling green fields with small villages dotting the countryside. Los Arcos to...

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Oct 18, 2013 - Our one week sampler

Our experience with the Camino Francisco is now over- perhaps. It is difficult to say if we will be like the many others who keep coming back to complete the whole journey or to experience it again and again.It certainly is a type of trip we enjoy-active, scenic,time for quiet and reflection and opportunity to meet others. Our last two days became very social with the feeling of comradery being the main highlight. As we would catch up to others, there would be a check in to see how they were doing, perhaps share words of encouragement and...

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Oct 16, 2013 - Trails end for these Pilgrim's-Saying goodbye

Day 1 – 27.1km done in 7 hours, 10 minutes – SJPdP to Roncesvalles Day 2 – 21.5km done in 6 hours – to Zubiri Day 3 – 25km done in 7 hours, 45 minutes – to Cizur Mayor Day 4 – 20km done in 7 hours, 30 minutes– to Puenta la Reina Day 5 – 22.5km done in 7 hours – to Estella Day 6 – 19.7km done in 5 hours, 26 minutes – to Los Arcos Day 7 – 31km done in 7 hours, 12 minutes – to Logrono Please excuse the repetition of the above figures but we want to keep a running tally of this excursion. They represent the total time, from start to finish,...

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Sep 19, 2013 - One more try to send an update

Ok, one more try at an update using this blog: I'm in Logrono now but here are some notes I've previously tried to send: Sept 13th: a pamplona now after a wonderful several days of walking--from Hunto to Roncesvalles to Zubiri to here. Mi iPhone is dead due to drowning in the "waterproof" pocket of my "waterproof" rain jacket, which was sadly misnamed. The passage over the Pyrenees was breathtaking in a number of ways. Steep climbing with extraordinary views and many little magical episodes: walking above the tree line into a herd of...

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Taoman

Jun 13, 2013 - People and stories of the Camino

People and Stories of the Camino: -Jeff is a young man from California who arrived with us on the late train into St.Jean Pied de Port. He didn't have accommodation booked and couldn't find a room. We ran into him days later and he told us 2 hilarious tales. The people in the pilgrim office called up someone to take him to their pensione. They picked him up in a van with no windows and kitchen chairs in the back to sit on- then apologized for the smell, as the donkey had been riding in there earlier! Then, when he stayed in the big albergue...

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On Our "Way"

Jun 11, 2013 - Santo Domingo to Belorado

June 11- We have survived another night in a large albergue. This one in St. Domingo is run by the Spanish confraternity and is really nice. On arrival we are offered wine and a foot specialist with a well stocked kit sits and attends to people's foot issues. There are many injuries- just that day we see a lady walking in flip flops with huge blisters and a young girl has a large blown up knee. This albergue has a sunny patio and a great lounge with big comfy couches, kitchen and dining room. When we arrive the Italian cyclists are cooking...

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Jun 10, 2013 - More joy in Rioja

Aahhh! 20 km and 20 degrees....Nejera in the early morning brilliant sun is very pretty. The cathedral is built into a cave in the rock wall. In the bright sunshine one can see why the area produces most of the wine in Spain . The Camino through the vineyards defies description. There are not enough words for green in the 3 languages I am working with here to do it justice. It is a wonderful sunny day of walking. Songs from "The Sound of Music" and "The Wizard of Oz" intrude on my thoughts. Today we stroll with the 2girls from London and a...

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On Our "Way"

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