Special Moment ~ June 14, 2018

  • Thursday, June 14, 2018, Day #35
  • Melida
  • Distance 9.5 miles; total 464.5 miles
  • 823’ ascent and 1,291’ descent
  • 100% hard surface
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Weather: 60-75 foggy becoming clear blue skies

Returning to Inglesia de San Juan was a special moment for Solphie as the crucifixion depicts Jesus with one hand reaching Heaven and the other hand reaching Earth.

  • 1st Melide
  • 2nd Melida
  • 3rd Melida

Your Choice ~ June 2, 2018

  • Saturday, June 2, 2018, Day #23
  • Grado
  • Distance 16 miles; total 318.5 miles
  • 1,573’ ascent and 2,107’ descent
  • 50% hard surface
  • Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Weather: 50-60 overcast & occasionally sunny

Solphie and I begin our walk. (Sophie requests not to be photographed.) Our choice for today’s distance is 16 beds available in 18 miles. If we go slowly and enjoy the day with a picnic lunch, we will loose out on a bed and have to walk 4 more miles. I don’t like the arrangement; but, there is no choice. We walk fast with no breaks. I’m anxious and my feet rebel. Tomorrow’s is a more generous day with more beds.

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

Oviedo Reunion ~ June 1, 2018

  • Friday, June 1, 2018, Day #22
  • Oviedo
  • Distance 12 miles; total 302.5 miles
  • 853’ ascent and 828’ descent
  • 100% hard surface
  • Time: 6 hours minutes
  • Weather: 50-60 misting rain

Cathedral de Oviedo. Monument and artifacts of the city.

Reunion with Sophie whom I met two years ago walking Camino Arles. She will join me on Camino Primitivo to Santiago. (FYI Sophie wishes not to be photographed.)

  • 1st Oviedo
  • 2nd Oviedo
  • 3rd Oviedo

Double Whammy ~ June 13, 2016

  • Monday, June 13, 2016
  • Day 44 (Day 41 Camino)
  • Monreal
  • Distance: 21 miles (60% tarmac) 602 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 1,994 feet and descent 1,514 feet
  • Time: 9 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 65-72 degrees, overcast, drizzle, blue sky with clouds

Double whammy.

Only one bar in town and it’s Monday, the typical closing day for Spanish shops.

No food to be had at any price. Sophie, Diego, and I empty our food bag of emergency stash. The combination is a Pilgrim’s feast.

The town’s Albergue lets us complementary use their facility.

  1. Towards Monreal
  2. Monreal
  3. Monreal

Grits ~ June 13, 2016

  • Monday, June 13, 2016
  • Day 44 (Day 41 Camino)
  • Monreal
  • Distance: 21 miles (60% tarmac) 602 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 1,994 feet and descent 1,514 feet
  • Time: 9 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 65-72 degrees, overcast, drizzle, blue sky with clouds

Where the grits?

Diego. That makes two Americans on the Arles Camino. He has joined Sophie and I walking.

We’ve got all the bases covered…Spanish, French, and English.

  1. Sangüesa
  2. Towards Monreal
  3. Towards Monreal

Dancers and Pilgrims ~ June 12, 2016

  • Sunday, June 12, 2016
  • Day 43 (Day 40 Camino)
  • Sangüesa
  • Distance: 14 miles (5% tarmac) 581 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 1,595 feet and descent 1,897 feet
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Weather: 65-72 degrees, blue skies the clouds

I walk in the good company of a French woman, Sophie. She says, “Pilgrims must prepare their feet each morning like dancers.” How true as I continue to wrap my feet in athletic tape.

Sangüesa is filled with music. A dozen people sat at an outdoor café singing in perfect harmony to the guitar melody.

  1. Toward Sangüesa
  2. Toward Sangüesa
  3. Toward Sangüesa