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Virtual Camino Band of Trudgers

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
I read many of your messages on the log, @Bala! I'm going very slow, finally reached Burgos, where my in-person camino started years ago. It has been a delight to see the areas before that, and I´m sure it will also be great to revisit places from now on :)

I´m amazed on how many of you already reached Santiago and Finisterre and went to other trails! Wow! But slowly and steady, here I go too! :D
 

Bala

Veteran member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
I read many of your messages on the log, @Bala! I'm going very slow, finally reached Burgos, where my in-person camino started years ago. It has been a delight to see the areas before that, and I´m sure it will also be great to revisit places from now on :)

I´m amazed on how many of you already reached Santiago and Finisterre and went to other trails! Wow! But slowly and steady, here I go too! :D
Buen Camino! 👣👣🤗
 
Camino(s) past & future
Vol Pilgm office 15
CF 16+17
Vol Pilgm House 18
Kerry&Ingles 19
Portuguese X2020 (2021?)
I wasn't feeling well yesterday so got a late start. I'll be coming to Foncebadon soon, there is a restaurant there that has the BEST hamburguesas on the Camino. It is a must stop for me. In 2016 six of us walked up to the Cruz de ferro after dinner with several bottles of wine. We watched the sun set after we placed our pebbles. I was very glad that we did because in the morning it was so foggy and cold that you could barely see the Cruz from the edge of the rock pile.
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Here I am, about an hour and a half to Palas de Rei. Funny feeling. Almost there. I will have to take out my Baztan book and study it so I can walk it virtually. Maybe it is not on walk4fun... if not, I will choose another one, or continue with the One I had just started before I switched to the Cf. Yes, that would tidy up things somewhat and take me over to home ground.
Have a good day, trudges. I looked up the friends, briefly, but I would need a reminder of your walk4fun names. Mine is the same as here I think.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2015
VDLP 2016
Portuguese March 2017
Sanabres September 2017
Madrid September 2018
Hola Trudgers! Well, I've trudged all the way to Santiago again and enjoyed a couple of nights at the Parador. In my virtual world of course there's no Covid or close down and I've gone to mass, hugged the Apostle and watched the butafumeira swing.
Not sure where I'll 'walk' next. I would love beyond anything to be setting my foot on a real camino path...
Stay safe lovely Trudgers. 🙏
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
Congratulations @Levi
I arrived to the party late so have only joined in October.
I haven’t been firing on all cylinders lately (not feeling great today) so nothing huge in daily klms walked. I’ve only just past Ventosa heading to Nájera on the CF.

I would love beyond anything to be setting my foot on a real camino path...
Stay safe lovely Trudgers. 🙏
Amen to that.
 

Bala

Veteran member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
Hola Trudgers! Well, I've trudged all the way to Santiago again and enjoyed a couple of nights at the Parador. In my virtual world of course there's no Covid or close down and I've gone to mass, hugged the Apostle and watched the butafumeira swing.
Not sure where I'll 'walk' next. I would love beyond anything to be setting my foot on a real camino path...
Stay safe lovely Trudgers. 🙏
Well done, @Lev! Buen Camino wherever your feet may take you next. 👣
 

Anik2001

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Frances (2017), future: Frances again (2020)well hopefully 2021...
Hello Trudgers! I finished the Frances last week and am now following Bala on the Le Puy route. Not far yet, I’m walking slow! And in the real world, snow has come on my part of the world so it’s going to start to be more difficult to walk some days...
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
770km done. Unearthly feeling, totally removed. Why? The steps have not been on the camino, day after day after blessed day! My next real camino, ¡ojala! will be just a short one, but nonetheless sweet when it happens.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
Still slogging - squelching? - away. Rain, rain, rain here in the UK so have only just made it to the cruz de Ferro. Our local paths are like gloop and the field to the rear of my house looks like a rice paddy.

However . . . When I was in touch with @Dave_Bugg recently I promised him a stone would be left at the cross and here it is:
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and currently resides here:

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And can be found behind the "Main Building"

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If you're visiting Canterbury UK in real life or virtually the coordinates are

51°19'35.71"N 1° 4'42.76"E

Caminar penosamente
 

Bala

Veteran member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
Still slogging - squelching? - away. Rain, rain, rain here in the UK so have only just made it to the cruz de Ferro. Our local paths are like gloop and the field to the rear of my house looks like a rice paddy.

However . . . When I was in touch with @Dave_Bugg recently I promised him a stone would be left at the cross and here it is:
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and currently resides here:

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And can be found behind the "Main Building"

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If you're visiting Canterbury UK in real life or virtually the coordinates are

51°19'35.71"N 1° 4'42.76"E

Caminar penosamente
That is so special. 💕
 

Bala

Veteran member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
Hello Trudgers! I finished the Frances last week and am now following Bala on the Le Puy route. Not far yet, I’m walking slow! And in the real world, snow has come on my part of the world so it’s going to start to be more difficult to walk some days...
I'll be on the lookout for you. I'm going in spots and spurts myself, and I'm even slower in posting my steps. I'll try to update later today. 👣
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
Here I am, about an hour and a half to Palas de Rei. Funny feeling. Almost there. I will have to take out my Baztan book and study it so I can walk it virtually. Maybe it is not on walk4fun... if not, I will choose another one, or continue with the One I had just started before I switched to the Cf. Yes, that would tidy up things somewhat and take me over to home ground.
Have a good day, trudges. I looked up the friends, briefly, but I would need a reminder of your walk4fun names. Mine is the same as here I think.
Canterbury Pilgrim, member #14756 on W4F.

 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
In keeping with the whole "Virtual Camino" thing and trying to recapture the spirit of Caminos past we were looking at rooms to "stay in" at our next stop. Unfortunately our chosen spot isn't taking single night bookings but can offer a weekend stay over two nights:

1605006208113.pngThat's €740 - $1130 CND - $875 US for two people for TWO nights (breakfast included)

The name has been redacted to prevent embarrassment so, if you know the place, don't reveal it. We can only assume that they want to remain "open" on the website but also want to discourage visitors in the current climate.
Otherwise it's a lovely place to stay in so perhaps, one day . . .
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
According to the walk4fun site, I am on my way to Finisterra. Not true. In real life, we took the bus and had a great day. The climb up to the lighthouse was hot. The water fountain that gushed the most delicious water I had ever tasted in my life - never forgotten. The big Italian pilgrim we had last seen in Atapuerca, the same day we saw the boar: there he was, a lot less of him, sipping something down by the port... we had three nights in the Acuario albergue before taking the long, slow train journey back to Bilbao and then bus to Pamplona. Such a wonderful trip, scenery approaching Bilbao almost as lovely as Scotland (!!!). Thanks, Jeff. I might and might not pick up on the one near my home town. We’ll see. Maybe I will just hang on till the Pfizer vaccine is rolled out and make straight for the Baztan!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
Somehow I missed the whole group thing on Walking4Fun. I'm almost to Leon. Is there still an active group walking the Frances? If so, can I join? What's the name?

Would love some company.
 

Bala

Veteran member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
No group. You just have to figure out people's forum names vs W4F names. There's a post a little way back that lists most of them. I think it might have been Sue trying to keep track. But a lot of new people have started since then. Hopefully they'll come on and fill you in. Keep on trudging! 👣👣
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
Somehow I missed the whole group thing on Walking4Fun. I'm almost to Leon. Is there still an active group walking the Frances? If so, can I join? What's the name?

Would love some company.
As with the physical Camino we're a loose band spread up and down the Camino Frances. Just join the "Neighbors" group and you'll see us once you mark us down as Friends.

At the bottom of the stage map (the one on the right) there's a tab called Friends

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click on that and scroll down a bit and you'll see this

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Click on that and add our names.

When I started this thread I was tempted to open a "Band of Trudgers" group but I had already started walking out of SJPP with a Canadian friend (23rd march - slowest Camino ever!) and I didn't want to screw things up.

Not sure how you join mid-Camino at Leon. Another friend joined us at Leon and what we did was "cheat" and said she'd started in SJPP and just kept on adding distances until she'd caught up with us.

As for those of us walking that are on the Forum there's

Kirkie, Sue127, igailfaith, Bala, Levi, Kanxo, Desert Bruce, Anamya and me, Canterbury Pilgrim (apologies if I've missed somebody). Although Sue127 couldn't hack a Virtual Camino and just had to go and walk it for real ;)

If you don't have a compatible data logger (I don't) just put your mileage (or kilometridge?) each day, I found it worked better for me at least.

Welcome to the Band of Trudgers:

(Plagiarised from the words of a great wordsmith)

This Way is called the Way of St James:
They that outlast this Way, and come safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the Way is named,
And rouse themselves at the name of Santiago!

They that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast their neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint James’ Day:’
Then strip their boots and show their blisters.
And say
‘These blisters I got along St James’ Way.’

Old Pilgrims forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But they’ll remember with advantages
What feets they did along the Way: then shall our names.
Familiar in their mouth as household words
Kirkie, Sue 127 and igailfaith,
Bala
and Levi, Kanxo and Desert Bruce,
Anamya and Paula and Jeff,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.

This story shall the good Pilgrim teach their son;
And St James’ Day shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we
Band of Trudgers;
For they to-day that steps out along the Way with me
Shall be a Trudger; be they ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle their condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That
trudged with us upon Saint James’ Way.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
Thanks, I'lll try this. I began this on Oct. 5 after having completed the Arizona Trail on Walking4Fun.
For what it's worth, my name is Stayin' Alive.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
Thanks, I'lll try this. I began this on Oct. 5 after having completed the Arizona Trail on Walking4Fun.
For what it's worth, my name is Stayin' Alive.
Catch up with me (not too difficult) and I'll buy you a grande cafe con leche.

In the meantime watch out for those rattlesnakes!

BC
 
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
Catch up with me (not too difficult) and I'll buy you a grande cafe con leche.

In the meantime watch out for those rattlesnakes!

BC
Oooh, cafe con leche with Jeff! What's not to like?

Having lived in Arizona and spent a lot of time walking in the desert, I've danced with the snakes!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
I'm now virtually walking the West Highland Way. But in reality my heart is forever on the camino...
That says it all, why I will stop my virtual walking. My real walking is out and about, up and down, in and out, within 5km from home. None, today, and not much more for the next week as I have zoom meetings every day, morning and afternoon. Lucky me! Who knows, when that is over I might chase after you Levi!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
@Levi, here is something to spur you on. There are other versions - but My heart's in the Highlands, if you do an internet search ( I am trying to avoid making a verb out of a search engine! ) will reveal them to you. for now, this is enough. Step lightly, skip through the heather! My home area is to the east of the first stage. Kirkintilloch, hence: Kirkie.
 

Anik2001

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Frances (2017), future: Frances again (2020)well hopefully 2021...
I walked a stage of the West Highland Way, a few years back, over the mountains to Kinlochleven. A beautiful walk that I would love to complete one day... if I ever tire of the camino. For now, I’m following Bala on the Le Puy route (I’m Peregrina on W4F) after walking the Frances, hoping to go back for real next year.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
Jeff, I passed you today! I'll take you up on the cafe con leche. Grande of course.
I've been lazy and not logging my steps but updated them yesterday.
Currently breakfasting in Vega de Valcarce to build up energy for the push up to O Cebreiro. When I first did it in 2001 the path was little more than a goat track, loose cobbles and very slippery from the rain. The last time was in 2016 - the track has been widened and smoothed out but they must have made it steeper in the meantime because I found it just as hard!
Still after the Alto do Poio it's "downhill all the way" ;)

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Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
Jeff, I saw that you updated -- I'm now just behind you. I too walked up to O'Cebreiro in 2016. A magical place! I didn't find the walk up too bad, but then I had trained in mountains. Now that I'm a flatlander, it's a different story.

I doubt if I'll make it all the way up today, I may have to wild camp tonight!
 

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