Camino: By The Numbers

78:   Age of the oldest pilgrim I’ve met (from France, walking with his daughter – they do two weeks of the Camino each year.  Have also met a 73 year-old South Korean woman travelling alone, a 74 year-old Italian man with his son, and an American who will turn 70 on Sunday and is doing…

A Camino Q&A

I realize I have yet to write a post about the ins and outs of the Camino, so here’s a little Q& A for you all. What is the Camino? A pilgrimage route through Northern Spain. How long is it? The route I chose, the Camino Francés, is 480 miles from St. Jean Pied-de-Port to…

Learning to Walk

“The book says it’s good to walk with two walking sticks – better for your balance than just one.”  My mother sat in the chair in the corner of my bedroom reading my Camino guidebook.  As she read, I tried to organize my pack. “I’ve only ever used one, but I guess I’ll bring both…

And She’s Off…Again

While most of you are sleeping soundly tonight, I’ll be 30,000 feet in the air trying to do the same.  At 10pm, I leave JFK and head to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.  From there, it’s a bit an adventure to get to my starting point for the Camino: St. Jean Pied-de-Port. Thursday, May…

On Walking

As we walked toward Piazza Venezia, I flipped open the pedometer on my belt. “How much?” Daniel asked. “Nine miles.”  I’d made a mistake earlier of telling him that I set a personal record ten days ago when my sister Jessica and I walked seventeen miles one day in Rome.  He, of course, wanted to…

Slip ‘N Slide

Maybe hiking a steep stone trail in the rain wasn’t my best idea.  But it was my first afternoon in the Cinque Terre, and I wanted to get out there.  So off I went climbing up and up and up towards the Madonna di Montenero Sanctuary high above Riomaggiore. The light rain didn’t faze me….

Back on Track!

The backpack I’ll use when I walk the Camino was bought at an outdoor gear tent sale.  It’s a used pack – clearly indicated by the words “Rental EMS” written across one of the pockets. I was thinking it’d be nice to have something to cover those words.  Today, I found one thing that will…

Noticing

This morning, I looked at the map of the island trying to find a new route to take on my walk.  “I’ve covered quite a bit of this area already,” I said to Lois. “Well, go around the opposite way,” she told me.  She explained that when she went to trade shows she would go…

10,000 Steps

“You’re doing the Camino?” he asked.  “Did you start practicing yet?” “No,” I replied sheepishly.  “But it’s not until May, so I’ve got time.” He looked at me with wide eyes.  “You should be out there – at least an hour every day.” It was August, 2011.  I was not planning on starting my preparations…