Category Archives: Camino de Santiago

Tour de France – Lourdes

As we head west towards the Pyrenees, the rolling hillsides become more pronounced and wooded. Wide green rivers meander nearby. The farmlands morph from sunflowers and vineyards to endless rows of corn with small herds of cattle huddled up on … Continue reading

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Lourdes – Austin Strong!

This morning we wake to grey and drizzly skies. Sue has scheduled a walking tour offered by the hotel we are staying in (La Solitude) of the Domain and all that is contained therein. We learn the history and timeline … Continue reading

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And so it begins…

(Day 1: 13km) This morning we hoof it to the train station to catch a train first to Beyonne and then to Saint Jean Pied de Port.  When we get to Beyonne we are directed to a bus, as are … Continue reading

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Roncesvalles

Today’s plan is divide and conquer.  Paul and I will finish the trek from Valcarlos to Roncesvalles, which we are told is uphill all the way for 13 km.  Sue and Jerry opt out for a cab to Roncesvalles.  The … Continue reading

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Reservations?

(Day 3: 24 km) We set our alarm for 5:45am, however this was an act in futility and completely unnecessary.  Promptly at 0600 the lights go on and a lovely old gentleman/ hospitalier walks the dormitory singing Ave Maria.. loudly.  … Continue reading

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Pamplona

(Day 4: 21Km) Zubiri – Pamplona Jesus picks up Sue and Jerry and we walk out of their albergue and onto the Camino sans 2km…excellent! The trail is fairly benign and we breakfast (again.. toast and coffee don’t really cut … Continue reading

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Rocky Road (and I’m not talk’n ice cream)

(Day 5: 24km) Pamplona – Puente la Reina The best part about today was stopping; a random lemonade stand in the middle of a steep hill climb; and the refreshing shower (we were able to have a “un-interrupted” shower as … Continue reading

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