WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE CAMINO

Sahagun, September 16, 2021 That’s a pretty whimsical title compared to how I’m feeling today. Sahagun is the geographic halfway point on the camino de Santiago. I’m under the 400 km mark and the road is pretty flat. I should be taking the camino by storm by now. And yet I don’t think I am.Continue reading “WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE CAMINO”

WHAT’S THE DATE AGAIN?

August 31, 2021 Navarette I’m back on track with this camino after being ill for two days and taking two days to visit Bilbao. Today was a short day, only 8.5 miles and mostly flat with a few climbs. I feel good. I went to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Navarette.Continue reading “WHAT’S THE DATE AGAIN?”

AN UPDATE

I have really been out of touch for several months now. The reason is because we have been doing a major renovation in our house. Our home isn’t huge (1700 sq ft) but no room will be untouched by this project. Like almost everything else in my life I try to view it through theContinue reading “AN UPDATE”

I HAVE RESERVATIONS

I have reservations. No, wait…I have no reservations. But I have reservations. OK, I have hotel & albergue reservations AND no reservations about the camino this year 😉 Last year at this time despite having had to cancel a trip to see Lady Gaga perform and a trip to Paris and England to visit myContinue reading “I HAVE RESERVATIONS”

GRIEF

There’s a story that I’ve told to friends about prayer and God and my youngest daughter. It goes something like this… After giving birth to my two older daughters I had a strong sense that our family was not quite complete. I wanted just one more child. And I had a bit of a deadline.Continue reading “GRIEF”

DO YOU REMEMBER…?

Tonight over dinner we talked about the Camino. We played a game I call “Do you remember…? Do you remember the town where we had dinner with Wynn & Roberta? Do you remember the young man who fell and screamed a 4 letter word and how I ran to help him? Do you remember theContinue reading “DO YOU REMEMBER…?”

DAY 1…AND SO IT BEGINS

I don’t know if I’ll make it, But watch how good I fake it. It’s alright, alright, tonight, tonight Hot Chelle Rae, 2011 So none of the 10 plagues happened today and I did make it to our first stop Orisson. It was only 5.5 miles and I don’t have the exact elevation but myContinue reading “DAY 1…AND SO IT BEGINS”

AVOIR COURAGE, AVOIR COEUR

There are two sayings in French…ok, definitely a lot more than just two sayings, but I’m just contemplating these two… Avoir courage Avoir coeur Now you might think that the first saying means to be brave and the second to have heart, and you would be incorrect. The French in their linguistic logic have theContinue reading “AVOIR COURAGE, AVOIR COEUR”

HOW MUCH STUFF DO I NEED?

I think I have pared my back pack down considerably. The last time I weighed it it was 14.96 pounds. Today it is 13.7 pounds. I took out some clothing and some small items that I discovered we had duplicated in our packs. I even took out my Bluetooth keyboard that I bought especially forContinue reading “HOW MUCH STUFF DO I NEED?”

FRAILTY THY NAME IS WOMAN

That’s the line that Shakespeare’s Hamlet says in response to his mother’s quick remarriage after his father’s death. Hamlet, and I suppose Shakespeare are talking about an emotional frailty not her physical stamina. But that line has been dogging (no pun intended and you’ll soon see why I say that) for the last week. LastContinue reading “FRAILTY THY NAME IS WOMAN”