Every single one of us possesses the strength to attempt something he isn't sure he can accomplish. It can be running a mile, or a 10 k race, or 100 miles. It can be changing a career, losing 5 lbs., or telling someone you love her (or him).
-- Scott Jurek
Old age is the time to be dangerous. Dangerously fun loving, dangerously alive . . . This is the time to do every single thing we can possibly do with all the life we can bring to it. This is the time to live with an edge, with strength, with abandon. There is nothing for which to save our energy. Now it is simply time to spend time well.
Long day today - 18.5 miles. In passing from the Navarra District of Spain to the La Rioja District, I passed the 100 mile mark. I'm celebrating with a night in a nice hotel! Then an early dinner and early to bed for another long day tomorrow.
The walk started out today with more beautiful farmland and small towns perched on hills.
Of course magnificent churches
And even a little pine woods just before the long, city walk into Logrono.
I'm having difficulty uploading to blog so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to do.
Today was much easier than yesterday - just 14 miles and mostly downhill. It sprinkled on and off but was very warm. The countryside was gorgeous.
Zubiri has little to recommend it but this amazing bridge sits at the entry. It is the Puenta de la Rabia, rabies bridge. Story is that if you lead an animal across it three times, it will be protected from rabies.
After a long day traveling, I'm in St. Jean Pied de Port - literally, St. John at the foot of the pass. Tomorrow I'll walk the first and most challenging section of the Camino; it's only 15 miles, but it has 4800' of elevation gain as it goes over the Pyrenees foothills.
Today is gorgeous - sunny and warm.
And the streets are full of tourists and pilgrims.
Tomorrow starts a few days of rain. I just hope the climb tomorrow won't be like two years ago when we had frigid temperatures an snow!
In just two days, I'm off to Spain for six weeks. I thought I was traveling light when I walked the Camino in 2014. Then I carried 20 pounds, but there were days when 20 pounds seemed far too heavy. So I've managed to reduce the weight to 15 pounds even including a few luxuries: an iPod full of recorded books, Starbucks instant coffee, and a mascara.
May 4,2016, and I'm getting close to another trip to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago. In my attempt to reduce weight, I'm only taking my iPhone - no iPad and no camera. I'm hoping that I'll be able to blog from the phone and that my photos will be good. This is my first, and test attempt blogging from the phone.
First, a map of my walk.
If all goes as planned, I'll walk from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.