Hold On – Sept. 27, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 14 / Águeda to Albergaria-a-Nova
  • Distance: 13.7 miles / Total 204.8 miles
  • Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 1,052’ Decent: 724’
  • Weather: 55-75 degrees / sunny, cloudless & breezy. Started the day in my down coat.

Hold on to the morning light. Colors are saturated and the sharpest.

Contrasting colors.
Color reflections.
Colors

Colors becoming warmer.

“Santiago” – Sept. 26, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 13 / Mealhada to Águeda
  • Distance: 16.6 miles / Total 191.1 miles
  • Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 1,035’ Decent: 1,006’
  • Weather: 55-75 degrees / sunny & breezy…cool enough for SmartWool shirt in the evening

My energy is fast fading when a car pulled over. The driver enthusiastically said, “Santiago!” He handed me a bag with a bottle of cold water and 2 chilled apples. Just what I needed. Just what a dozen other pilgrims needed today and also received.

Águeda
Águeda
Águeda art instillation.

Bits and Pieces – Sept. 26, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 13 / Mealhada to Águeda
  • Distance: 16.6 miles / Total 191.1 miles
  • Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 1,035’ / Decent: 1,006’
  • Weather: 55-75 degrees / sunny & breezy…evening cool enough for SmartWool shirt

When the scenery is dull, bits and pieces become notable. I walk zig-zag to claim patches of shadow. Weaving along provides different perspectives.

Bits
Pieces from other places.
Today’s bloom.

Trains & Trucks – Sept. 16, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 03 / Azambuju to Azambuja
  • Distance: 12.5 miles / Total 38.7 miles
  • Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Ascent: 227’/ Decent: 199’
  • Weather: 83 degrees / overcast becoming sunny

Train and trucks…only interrupted by one bull is today’s Camino. The bull is not killed in Portugués’ bull fights, rather deftly outmaneuver. Olé!

Trains
Buses
But only one bull.

Garden Stroll – June 13, 2022

  • Montréal – Day 4, Monday
  • Weather: 72 degrees, clear sky

It was my second visit to Montréal Botanic Garden, the first being in fall 2019. The summer flowers were prolific. Irises, poenies, and roses of every color. Surprisingly the vegetable garden had all the varieties grown at Monticello in Virginia 700 miles to the south.

Entrance of Montréal Botanic Garden.
Poenies
Entrance to Chinese garden.
Rose
Japanese Garden
Bi-color peonies, a favorite.
Chinese garden with the 1976 Montréal Olympic tower in background.

In the Beginning – May 31, 2022

  • Ottawa-Montréal Camino #1
  • Ottawa to Orleans
  • Distance: 13.2 miles
  • Time: 6 hours 45 minutes
  • Ascent: 387 feet / Descent: 379 feet
  • Weather: 75 degrees, clear skies

Six adventurous semi-strangers came together to walk 145 miles from Ottawa to Montréal. We are composed of two friends, a brother/sister-in-law, plus two others. We are bonded by smiles, laughter, and an eagerness to experience the walk.

Elise, Michel, Martina, Arnold, Danielle, Linda
Notre Dame Cathedral, the start of the Ottawa-Montréal Camino.
National Art Gallery across from cathedral. Would eight legs get less exhausted than two legs for walking?
Ottawa to Orléans 13.2 miles.

Yellow Bus – April 12, 2019 Friday, April 12, 2019, Day 30

  • Friday, April 12, 2019, Day 30
  • Temples 71, 72, #73, #74, #75, #76, #77, #78, and #79
  • Muroto City, Japan
  • Weather: 45-55 degrees blue skies with white clouds
  • Miles 27.3 miles (3 trains) / Total Miles 595.1

For these high school students, there isn’t a yellow school bus. They walk or ride a bike to the train station. They have mastered typing on phones and nodding off to sleep on jostling trains.

  1. Train Station Bikes
  2. Waiting for the train train
  3. Train Arrives