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Day -199: Announcing My Camino de Santiago

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

January 1, 2018:


Several years ago my sister Gloria mentioned the Camino de Santiago to me. I started reading about it and knew immediately I wanted to walk the 500+ miles of The French Way from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Northwestern Spain someday. I made the commitment to myself at the end of 2016 that 2018 would be the year of my Camino.


This journal chronicles my preparation and pilgrimage. For your information, I walked a total of 618 miles from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Finisterre in 35 days. In many ways, my Camino began years ago but my walk officially began on July 20th when I left Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and crossed the Pyrenees to enter Spain. During my walk I posted a photo and commentary every day to Facebook but did not comment on comments left by others. I wanted to keep my friends up-to-date on my journey, but I did not want to let social media dictate my journey. It also turned out that the comments and "likes" were a source of encouragement every day of my walk. I did not plan to prepare a video but along the way I decided to record videos to share my feelings and answer questions that my Facebook friends posed. You will find those videos in this Camino Journal. For the most part, this journal contains one photo for every day I had a training hike and for every day I walked on the Camino. But it also contains photos that I added after I returned to the United States and began reviewing the photos I took. I hope you enjoy seeing my photos and reading the description.

This is the route of my pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago (otherwise known as the French Way or The Way of Saint James). As I mentioned, my walk began at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and continued to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and the Cathedral where The Apostle James is reported to be buried. I planned to walk this portion in 31 days and did. From Santiago de Compostela I walked an additional four days to Muxia and Finisterre which means "The End of the World."


Thank you for allowing me to share my Camino with you. Buen Camino!


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