We've been walking at the rate of 150 miles per month since the beginning of the year, and one might think piling up all those miles is all drudgery. Of course it isn't, and we've been fortunate to see and do some things that wouldn't otherwise have been possible. The photos below are birds we observed last Saturday as we were hiking around Cedar Key.
We have our tickets.
We leave for the Camino . . . our 7th annual trek . . . on May 12. This year we will begin our walk in Moissac, France. In 2008, that is where we ended the first leg of our journey. We have a reservation at the same guest house ("chambre d'hote" in French). I talked to the owner on email. He said that in 2008, when they were just getting started (as you can see in the photo) they survived on love and strong coffee. We are eager to see how the place looks today. The teething baby from 2008 is now an 8-year old.
We have a plan
We plan to walk from Moissac to St Jean Pied de Port, staying in hostels (gites) and chambres d'hotes, as the mood and availability strike us. Then we plan to cross the Pyrenees, staying the first night at the iconic Orisson gite. The elevation map is a bit daunting!
The universe had a surprise for us
We will walk as far as time allows in Spain and then hop over to Dublin to meet Pam and James for a week in Doolin. Unbeknownst to us until we had booked a B&B there, a Folk Festival will be happening. Yikes. Is this too much excitement after a Camino? Counting the days, regardless!
Reading from the Beginning to the End
If you'd prefer to read about our Camino trips from their beginning points to our return, rather than blog-style . . . from the most recent post backwards in time . . . go to the section labeled Our Caminos.
Peg and Russ Hall
- Second Wind
- Why Walk It?
- Step 1. Planning Your Camino -- What kind, Where, When, How far, Alone, Getting there . . .
- Step 2. Getting Ready -- Training, Packing, Gear, Clothes, Electronics, Passports, TSA . . .
- Step 3. Being There -- Money, Lodgings, Food, Language . . .
- Step 4. Adapting -- Guidebooks, Websites, Trail conditions, Schedule, Water, Weather, Pain, Hazards, Phones . . .
- Step 5. Being a Pilgrim and a Tourist -- Types of pilgrimmage, Roman roads, Medieval life, Wonders . . .
- Step 6. Living the Lessons of the Camino -- Once or again, Connecting at home, Being hospitaleros . . .
- Who Are We?
- All Our Caminos
- Virtual Camino