Category Archives: Camino de Santiago

Walking the Camino de Santiago

25 km and Still Alive

Last Saturday I walked out to the in-law’s farm. I took a city bus to the outskirts of town, then brace with a fine cup of coffee I set off for the farm. You notice a lot more of your surroundings when you walk as compared to when you drive. I was a bit surprised by some of the cool and interesting things I saw along the way. There was dead tree that was about 20 feet in height and all dark and shriveled that made me wish I had brought along a camera. Also, there was a very cool yard that I passed that had some metal-work art in the yard that was nice to stop at a view for a bit.

The first third was not too bad at all. I celebrated the one-third mark with a five-minute rest in the parking lot of a small road-side restaurant.

The second third was bit more effort, even so I was glad to get to my planned rest stop to eat some pita, cheese and an apple while letting my feet rest and my shoes and sock air.

The final third started well, but the last four kilometres was sheer bloody unpleasant. But I made it to the farm, no blisters, feeling alright over all with no more than some shaky legs. I was overjoyed. Then I remembered that I’ll need to do this every day in Spain.

Back to training…

Walking to Santiago

Well, I always thought that it would be a wonderful experience to walk the Camino de Santiago.

So, as I was contemplating my 40th year on this big blue planet—that I have not seen nearly enough of—I decided that it was time to set some firm goals for myself instead of constantly saying “Wouldn’t it be nice to one day…”

So, that’s it. 2008. The year I’m walking Spain.

Why am I waiting so long? Well to be truthful, finances. It isn’t going to be cheap when you add up plane fare, equipment, 25 euros a day, time off from work. But plans are now coming together. It’s going to happen. I even asked my friends and family to keep me to my word on this one.

I’m going to figure on about 30 days to complete the pilgrimage. I’ve invited my sons and Sandy to join me. But only if they feel they really want to and we can make arrangements for the kids to finish school early as I intend to go in May. Otherwise they will fly out and meet me at Santiago de Compostela.

From there we intend to go to Grenada to see the Alhambra and to hopefully meet some friends, including two that we haven’t seen in far to long that now live in Australia. Ah, to drink wine with friends at a sidewalk café in Spain. Could it get better?

Next, I hope, we will catch a train to Germany and meet with my mother. I hope to spend a week there. After which she may visit old friends and Sandy and I will take the the kids to England for a week or two.

So, that’s the plan. Rough, but we still have until spring 2008 to fill in the details.

A resource that has been invaluable to me is the Little Company of Pilgrims

Note: this was moved from a static page which is now gone…

Starting the reading…

So, my first book arrived. I ordered a few. I’ll be going through this one in the next few days.

From my quick perusal, I can say the pictures quality isn’t great, but the subject matter makes me want to go to Spain. The book itself is a nice package with a soft matte cover, nice fonts (esp. on the cover, I’ll need to ask Sandy what the font is…), and an nice elegant layout. Hopefully the content will live up to the packaging…


“Pilgrimage to the End of the World : The Road to Santiago de Compostela” (Conrad Rudolph)

Promise to myself

Well, I always thought that it would be a wonderful experience to walk the Camino de Santiago.

So a week or so ago as I was contemplating my 40th birthday, I decided that it was time to set some firm goals for myself instead of constantly saying that it would be nice to one day…

So, that’s it. 2008. The year I’m walking Spain.

Why am I waiting so long? Well to be truthful, finances. It isn’t going to be cheap when you add up plane fare, equipment, 25 euros a day, time off from work. But plans are now coming together. It’s going to happen. I even asked my friends and family to keep me to my word on this one.

Cheers!