My journey is my Destination

So, I did eventually get to Santiago de Compostela, and even continued onto the atlantic coast; then I decided to walk even further on the Camino Ingles, covering in the end about 2, 300 kms…so much has happened since then (july/aug 2016) that I will have to write about it (in my book) containing all the amazing experiences I’ve had during the last 9 months and more.

Since mid-january I’ve been on the island of Leros doing what I can to help the refugees; if you have seen my facebook page you’ll know!

See you soon…๐Ÿ˜Š

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90 days & 1,800 kms

It’s been three months since I began my pilgrimage and it’s not over yet! I’m now about to enter Galicia heading toward Santiago itself! ๐Ÿ˜„

On reaching Cruz de Ferro the other morning, I placed at it’s base the stone which I’d carried from Switzerland! A symbolic act which had real effect! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  

  

Navarra a Rioja a Castilla y Leรณn

 I crossed the Pyrenees June 2 and entered Spain with hundreds of other pilgrims, stretched out on a line like ants on safari! Luckily I’m not always walking with a crowd and each has the solitude of walking alone during the journey!

 
Having spent my first week in Spain walking through the province of Navarra, I arrived in Logroรฑo during a festival, traveling a sensible 20 kms or under per day; that’s all I want in this heat (now on average nearly 30โ€ข C daily, becoming changeable however)

  
In addition, I actually like this pace, I take many rest breaks, drink liters of water and eat well! It’s a beautiful country to walk through and the villages are quiet and quaint, each with a small cafรฉ or bar to sit outside and relax!

  
Today I’m taking a rest day in Groรฑรณn, since I’ve been on the move for 11 days without a day off! I’ve no particular schedule to keep, unlike some others who have planes to catch at the end! So I just take it easy and enjoy the whole experience of the Camino, which continues to be magical! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  

End of stage 2…

Today I arrived in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, over 700 kms from Le Puy and the last stop before crossing the Pyrenees into Spain! I’ve covered a distance of 1,209 kms since leaving Lausanne and I will now take two days off…

…to recover from having overdone it last Tuesday, when quite inexplicably, as my eyes became glazed over having seen the Pyrenees up close and personal for the first time, and thinking I’d already arrived at the frontier, I thought it a good idea to go racing off like a cheetah! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

The result of which is tendinitis in my right leg, something I know a little about with my left leg before Le Puy! So lots of rest and arnica for a couple of days before starting off again! ๐Ÿ˜Š I will definitely  put the brakes on now…besides I am finding this Camino so enjoyable!

  
  

Half way to Santiago

A few days ago I passed the 1,000 kilometres mark from Lausanne, leaving me half-way on my journey! I am yet to arrive at the jumping-off point for Spain but I’m in sight of the Pyrenees! ๐Ÿ˜„

I’ve been travelling for nearly 50 days and expect to arrive at the border within a week or so!

Please keep following my progress and help me in supporting the animals at The Farm Animal Sanctuary! Thank you all in advance! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  
   

  
 

One third to Santiago

Today I arrived in Figeac having walked 25 kms from Livinhac-le-Haut, taking me past 700 kms and leaving another 1,300 kms to go! Of that there’s another 500 kms before I reach the Pyrenees. So no rush…

Tomorrow is my bi-weekly rest day, so I’m keeping within myself and not overdoing it! ๐Ÿ˜„

  
  
  

  
  

Past the 600 kms post

Yesterday afternoon I arrived in Espalion, a lovely old town with a roman bridge. I’ve now covered 600 kms since leaving Lausanne, way back on 4 April! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’ve met countless walkers, pilgrims and even cyclists, and it’s been a real adventure so far! More to follow as I head south-west towards the Pyrenees! ๐Ÿ˜„