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

Ghosts ~ May 9-10, 2018

• Thursday, May 9-10, 2018

• Eve Of Camino Norte

• Philadelphia to San Sebastián

• Distance 3,659 miles

• Weather: mid-50’s ; showers and cloudy

These images have haunted my mind for two years. They are my ghosts.

1st Old Town San Sebastián

2nd Plaza Gipuzkoa Old Town, San Sebastián

3rd Plaza Gipuzkoa Beach, San Sebastián

4th Playa de La Concha, San Sebastián

Lightness ~ May 9, 2018

• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

• Wednesday, May 9, 2018

• 2nd Day Before Camino Norte

• Distance 256 miles

• Weather: 72 degrees

A feeling of lightness. My world has been reduced to a 15-pounds/7-kilograms. Pressures self-imposed or circumstantial dissipate.

1st Home in Charlottesville

2nd Charlottersville Airport

3rd Charlottesville Airport

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


Florence Reunion ~ July 4, 2016

  • Monday, July 4, 2016
  • Day 65 (Day 4 Cotswolds)
  • Painswick
  • Distance: 19 miles (51 total miles)
  • Ascent 2,697 feet and descent 2,545 feet
  • Time: 9 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 60-75 degrees blue skies with white clouds becoming cloudy

Sam, a friend met in Florence and currently living in England, join Joanna and me for the day’s walk.

  1. Towards Painswick
  2. Towards Painswick
  3. Towards Painswick