Camino Moments

Three Times to Cruz de Ferro With No Stone

There are many special places and moments on The Camino. Cruz de Ferro (The Iron Cross) in the west of Castilla y Leon Province is perhaps the most spiritual for me. All three of my experiences there have been noteworthy, though this most recent one was a powerful emotional experience. Seven years ago, while traveling …

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The Fire That Burns Within The Pilgrim

IT’S A LONG WAY FROM TIPPERARY TO SANTIAGO. 2018 August 18 Just a few days before Santiago, walking just before dawn through the hilly forest between Triancastela and Sarria., my body fatigued, the feet aching, but at least the infected decaying tooth better after a week of antibiotics. This is my 6th Camino but the …

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CAMINO PRIMITIVO-The Russian Thugs

One of “The Four Agreements” from the book with that title by Don Miguel Ruiz is; DONT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS! The first picture is of my Polish friends, Joanna and Mateus after they just told me they got engaged the prior day. The second is them with three guys that I called “The Russian Thugs” who …

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD-Uganda to The Camino to Nepal

One of the nicest things about global traveling is chance meetings with the same people in two way different places. Well this time it’s 3 chance meetings across 3 continents; Uganda, Spain, and Nepal: October 2019, walking on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, I saw this Korean woman with 5 or 6 bright colored …

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD-Uganda to The Camino

One of the nicest things about global traveling and The Camino is chance meetings with the same people in two totally different places: On the Camino Frances about a week or so ago I saw this Korean woman with 5 or 6 bright colored clothes walk by and with out thinking yell out “Hey Rainbow”. …

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD-Camino to Ireland to Camino

Camino Frances to Ireland To Camino Portuguese: The Joy of meeting an old friend or previous Camino friend while walking The Camino. I’ve heard of this happening but never to me until today on my 65th day of my 2016 Camino from Le Puy en Velay, France to Santiago and on to Porto, Portugal. I …

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD-Camino de Santiago to Kathmandu.

A Camino moment. March, 2018 Tomorrow I start a long Pilgrimage with a 30 day trek across Manaslu and Tsum Valley. At the  trekking permit office in Kathmandu a smiling woman approached me, Silvia Martellotti from Italy, a fellow hospitalero from Albergue Verde in Hospital de Orbigo, Spain. We met last July at Albergue Verde …

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ODE TO THE HOSPITALEROS!

Its A Long Way From Tipperary to Santiago. Day 80 Puente La Reina to Estella Yesterday I walked into Estella around 11:15 grateful that an early start got me there before the blistering 35C (95F) of the afternoon. I was winging it on where to stay and the Municipal Albergue was in a great location …

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Inspirational Octogenarians on The Camino. TIPPERARY TO SANTIAGO DAY 78

Walking up Alto de Perdon, one of the great view points on Camino Francis I pass this older couple and we chat. Jose Maria and Encarnacion are from Madrid and both 82 years old. This is the 30th Camino for them. Roncesvalles to Santiago each time. 765K (475 miles). They have walked every year for …

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Tipperary to Santiago-Left to Camino Frances or Right to Camino Del Norte? Day 70

The Fork. TIPPERARY TO SANTIAGO DAY 70: Arrived at the fork before 7 enjoying unexpected cloudy skies on a cool morning with a long stretch of 30C+(86F) temperatures forecasted. I had planned all along to veer right to Camino Del Norte because it was one of the Camino’s I had not walked yet. I had …

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TODAY I FEEL LIKE A PILGRIM: Day 45 Tipperary to Santiago:

Made it to Mont. St. Michel today. A very special place where the religious and spiritual(nature) come together. Located on the northwest coast where Normandie and Brittany meet. Instead of driving here and parking and walking across the causeway that connects Mont St. Michel to the mainland south of the bay, I walked across the …

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I Thought I Was Starting In Seville But The Camino Wanted Me To Start In Lesotho, Africa:

As my journey from Nairobi to Johannesburg is ending I found myself thinking about my Camino Via de la Plata which I was planning to start in Sevilla, Spain in 10 days. Then during a visit yesterday to the local witchdoctor in the little village of Matsoaing, Lesotho, I learned there was a Church of …

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Connecting with The Camino Spirit!

I believe there is a Spirit on The Camino. A guardian angel of sorts that if you calm yourself and open your heart and soul she will provide. On September 5 I connected with her. My story starts the day before. I was walking from Belorado to Ages and met up with Jessica from Boulder, Colorado …

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Anybody that walks 44K in one day on The Camino is Crazy!

I walked out of Najera at 5:45 this morning planning to go 27.5K to Granon. Najera: Followed the Milky Way west enjoying the bright stars. It is two days from the birthday of my father, Francis, and my sister, Francis, as I walk the Camino Frances. I feel them with me as I walk into …

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD-Camino de Santiago to Panama

It has been 4 months since my last day on La Compestela de Santiago or known simply as The Camino,  finishing 51 days of walking in Valencia, Portugal just across the border from Tui, Spain. The Camino is a living spirit and it remains in my soul. I miss the nature, the rhythm of the …

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