Whatever ~ May 17, 2018

• Thursday, May 17, 2018, Day #7

• Pobeña

• Distance 16.3 miles; total 98.1 miles

• 907’ ascent and 986’ descent

• 100% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours 30 minutes

• Weather: 45-60 degrees; overcast becoming sunny

I can now debone anchovies with my incisors and welcome octopus for dinner. Most of the time I don’t even bother asking what I am eating.  Just give me tasty food and a glass of red wine and I’m well satisfied.

1st Pobeña

2nd Pobeña

3rd Pobeña

Should I Go… ~ May 15, 2018

• Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Day #5

• Bilbao

• Distance 21.2 miles; total 81.8 miles

• 3,053’ ascent and 3,009’ descent

• 40% hard surface

• Time: 9 hours 40 minutes

• Weather: 60 degrees; overcast

Should I go or should I stay now? Goodbye Emily and Colette. Hello muddy shoes.

1st towards Bilbao

2nd towards Bilbao

3rd towards Bilbao

End of the Day ~ May 14, 2018

• Monday, May 14, 2018, Day #4

• Gernika

• Distance 12.3 miles; total 60.6 miles

• 1,452’ ascent and 2,502’ descent; 30% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours 15 minutes

• Weather: 55 degrees; partly cloudy

End of the day,

Not much space,

And yet an abundance

Of good companionship.

1st Ibiri Auzoa

2nd Ibiri Auzoa

3rd Monasterio de Zenarruza

Sweet Pea ~ May 12, 2018

• Saturday, May 12, 2018, Day #2

• Ibiri

• Distance 15 miles

• ? ascent and ? descent; 30% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours 45 minutes

• Weather: 50 degrees; rain

First rain on the Camino and I discover my Marmot Gortex jacket is no longer water proof. The immediate solution is a 5€ green vinyl rain poncho. I look as have been consumed by a sweet pea and am only less wet.

What do I have in common with a pig? We are both slathered in mud.

1st Deba…check out the legs under the table

2nd Deba

3rd Ibiri

Culture and Dinner ~ July 14, 2016

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016
  • Day 75
  • London
  • Weather: Blue sky with clouds, overcast

David Hockney 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life Exhibit at The Royal Academy of Art

Prime William and Prince Harry at The National Portrait Gallery

Dinner with James whom I met on the Coast-to-Coast Walk 12-years ago. James was my bandit runner at the 2010 Boston Marathon crossing the finish line with me.

  1. London
  2. London
  3. London


English Breakfast ~ July 2, 2016

  • Saturday, July 2, 2016
  • Day 63 (Day 2 Cotswolds)
  • Winchcombe
  • Distance: 12 miles (19 1/2 total miles)
  • Ascent 1,685 feet and descent 1,646 feet
  • Time: 6 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 60-75 degrees blue skies, overcast, few brief rain sprinkles

English breakfast…no one does it like the English.

  1. Broadway – Dove Cottage
  2. Broadway  – Dove Cottage
  3. Broadway  – Dove Cottage

Christian…Amazing ~ June 23, 2016

  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
  • Day 54
  • Tourlaville, Normandy
  • Weather: 60-68 degrees overcast and rain

Amazing…the joy of being with Christian’s family. Dining on local oysters and Christian’s Strawberry Tarte with local berries. Sitting by an evening fire with my shoes drying.

  1. Tourlaville
  2. Tourlaville
  3. Tourlaville