Well, it's a start

I have some of the things from the equipment list. I’ve picked up a pack, a towel, a headlamp, and I’ve bought some shoes that I’m testing over the summer. If they work well I’ll buy another pair a month…

Well, the passport package is almost ready to be sent off, I’m slowly getting together my gear, and we hope to start booking tickets this month. I still have to pin down my son, Kieran, as to whether he will…

Only three months and four days, as of this post, until the Camino. It is kind of sneaking up on me. Equipment is down to the last few items of clothing. I’m waffling on the shoes (do I really need…

Training

60 days to go… I’ve started my training. My pack is all done up for the most part and weights in at 14 lbs. Last Sunday Sandy and I took a walk from home to the forks on the frozen…

I’ve been losing sleep a lot lately. Partially, I’m sure, due to excitement and worry about my upcoming pilgrimage. It is making me a tad cranky and foggy, but I’ll muddle through. A friend, Rick, who is a trained hypnotist…

Well, I finally have all the planes, trains, buses, and such figured out. I know where to get the shuttle to get me from CdG airport to Orly airport.  I also know where the train station is in Biarrtiz. It…

I’ve been having some foot pain lately; the top of my right foot to be exact. Doesn’t matter which shoes I’m wearing either. It is thought to be tendonitis and it is suggested that I shouldn’t stress the foot for…

I wanted to take a moment to mention those around me that support me in my dream. Sometimes these people are easy to forget in the excitement that is the mental and physical preparation for the Camino. They are my…

Eight more sleeps before I leave for Europe; eleven more until I start my real journey. I’m starting to hit my stride, less worried and more excited and eager about the trip. Not an hour goes by with some of…

Shells and snow

I thought people would be interested in the shells Sandy helped me make. I’ve always liked working with clay and enjoying throwing a pot when I have the opportunity. Sandy likes the more hands on work. We work very well…

Leaving on a jet plane...

Well, no kicking and screaming, or crying, or nervous shakes – Michael’s on the plane. He has my lady for luck, and hugs and kisses from me and the boys. We will miss him so, but I hope the Camino…

Montreal

I’m sitting in an airport restaurant drinking a ten-dollar Heineken waiting for a meal. My head is still stuffed with constant noise from the flight from Winnipeg. Too much sensory input, I think. I was stuck beside a fairly hirsute…

Paris to Orly

Although I did get the chance to see Juno and the Last Samurai on the flight from Montreal to Paris, I didn’t sleep… I am so tired, the best I can do is a series of observations: There are a lot of…

Bayonne to St. Jean Pied de Port

I sat in Orly for bit and watched the other travellers until my plan boarded. The flight from Paris to Biarritz was nice and short, thankfully as there were a lot of unhappy children on the plane. The food on…

Day 1 - Roncesvalles

I’m sitting at a hilltop restaurant in Roncesvalles having a beer. I feel clean and refreshed for the first time in what seems a long time, although the line up for a shower was an hour long. Today’s walk started…

Day 2 - Zubiri

I left Roncesvalles on a dark misty morning. It was mostly cloudy, a little cool, and rained just a little bit today. It was lovely. I soon came across Burguete, the town that Hemingway loved so much. I had my…

Day 3 - Pamplona

Walked with Mette for a fair bit today and we had several wide-ranging conversations covering everything under the sun. She introduced me to a German woman named Danny who is carrying a huge pack almost bigger than herself. Wow! However,…

Day 4 - Puente la Reina

I had no sleep last night as every little movement caused my knees to flare in pain. The left knee is swollen and bluish, the right is just swollen. This morning I gave one of my clay shells to Mette…

Lovely Cirauqui

It was a nice day of walking, my knees were just twinging on the inclines and the birds were singing. In the first half of the walk I chanced upon Anne and Mo. They were having some problems with over…

Day 6 - Los Arcos

Off to Los Arcos. A wonderful day! My knees barely bothered me and the weather was grand! On the way I encountered Camino John. John is a retired Englishman who, since he retired eight years ago, spends April to October…

Day 7 - Logroño

I left Los Arcos in the early morning. It was still dark in the streets and the sky was a wonderful dark blue. As I was walking over the bridge, the bells of the cathedral rang out behind me. It…

Day 8 - Najera

I had a good, yet hard,  time of it today; 30 km in 6 hours. Not too bad. I left Logroño at 5:45 this morning. My roommates from last night (Danny, Mette, and Birgit) were a bit surprised by how…

Day 9 - Santo Domingo de la Calzada

This morning Anne checked my feet again (she rocks), and I headed out for Santo Domingo de la Calzada (a chicken was resurrected here). The sky was grey the entire day and I had to pack well with all my…

Day 10 - Belorado

Only did another 22 km today, and I took a nice eight hours to do it in. These gave me an opportunity to rest and air my blisters often. It was worth it. I traveled with Anne and Mo for…

Day 11 - Atapuerca

I’m sitting in Atapuerca in the main kitchen. I was to be in a semi-private area, but I was uncomfortable sharing a room with a woman. I’ve been in a room with several women, but that just meant that there…