Flash Memories ~ June 16, 2018

  • Saturday, June 16, 2018, Day #37
  • Santiago
  • 17.5 miles; total 498.5 miles
  • 1,529’ ascent and 1,822’ descent
  • 75% hard surface
  • Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Weather: 60-65 degrees and blue skies with white clouds

These are the images that will become flash memories…moments without the pack, freshly squeezed orange juice, open churches, sello(stamps) documenting my walk, the whirling sound of approaching bikes, blue skies, and sun.

  • 1st towards Santiago
  • 2nd towards Santiago
  • 3rd towards Santiago

Coffee Club ~ May 30, 2018

• Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Day #20

• Valdediós

• Distance 12 miles; total 279 miles

• 1,719’ ascent and 1,376’ descent

• 25% hard surface

• Time: 5 hours 45 minutes

• Weather: 50-60 overcast

It’s a sure thing.  Mornings will find last nights pilgrims at the first opened café. It’s an unspoken coffee club. No agreements. We just appear.

Good coffee keeps us going.

1st towards Valdediós

2nd towards Valdediós

3rd towards Valdediós

Bleak Recovery ~ May 27, 2018

• Sunday, May 27, 2018, Day #17

• Piñeres de Pría

• Distance 12 miles; total 241.5 miles

• 949’ ascent and 832’ descent

• 20% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours

• Weather: 50-60 misty rain to overcast

When walking becomes bleak, I find a most welcoming albergue owner who spends an hour sorting out my next five days to manageable distances, reservations, and a stay at the monastery.

1st towards Piñeres de Pría

2nd towards Piñeres de Pría

3rd towards Piñeres de Pría

Not Leading, Not Following ~ May 22, 2018

• Tuesday, May 22, 2018, Day #12

• Requejada

• Distance 13.5 miles; total 171.7 miles (including 2-minute train ride crossing river)

• 1,146’ ascent and 1,154’descent

• 90% hard surface

• Time: 7 1/2 hours

• Weather: 55-65 sunny

Not leading. Not following. Just walking. I have broken the standard stages so I no longer walk with the daily pilgrim pack. It’s too easy to walk at their pace, to make their right turns, or to make their wrong turns. I do not feel the burden of conversation. Today I feel the most at peace with myself because it’s just me.

1st towards Requejada

2nd towards Requejada

3rd towards Requejada

Two Pieces of String ~ June 14, 2016 

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2017
  • Day 44 (Day 41 Camino)
  • Puente la Reina
  • Distance: 20 1/2 miles (49% tarmac) 623 total miles
  • Ascent 1,997 feet and descent 2,585 feet
  • Time: 9 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 60-72 degrees, overcast, drizzle, blue sky with clouds. STARTED DAY IN SMARTWOOL CAP AND GLOVES.

How long is a Camino?

As long as a piece of string.

Two pieces of string connect.

My 2016 Camino Arles (Aragonés) connects with my 2014 Camino Frances as it crosses the five-arched Puente la Reina (The Queen’s Bridge).

I’VE DONE IT!  

  1. Puente la Reina
  2. Puente la Reina
  3. Puente la Reina

Connect ~ June 14, 2016

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2017
  • Day 44 (Day 41 Camino)
  • Puenta la Reigna
  • Distance: 20 1/2 miles (49% tarmac) 623 total miles
  • Ascent 1,997 feet and descent 2,585 feet
  • Time: 9 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 60-72 degrees, overcast, drizzle, blue sky with clouds. STARTED DAY IN SMARTWOOL CAP AND GLOVES.

Deja vu…I have been here before.

After 41 days of walking, Camino Arles connects with my first Camino Frances of 2014.

  1. Towards Puenta la Reigna
  2. Towards Puenta la Reigna
  3. Towards Puenta la Reigna

Trail Blazers ~ June 4, 2016

  • Saturday, June 4, 2016
  • Day 35, Day 32 (Camino)
  • Estialescq
  • Distance: 14 1/2 miles (10% tarmac) 465 total miles
  • Ascent 2,007 feet and descent 1,685 feet
  • Time: 7 1:2 hours
  • Weather: 65-78 degrees, overcast

“Trail Blazers,” volunteers who enhance the markings along The Way by attaching red and white candy-cane stripped flagging tape to trees.

They kindly gave me “first-hand” information how to stage the coming days. It’s the Camino. Help is there.

  1. Towards Estialescq
  2. Towards Estialescq
  3. Towards Estialescq