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GuyA

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2022
Like so many Forum members I cancelled a May Camino walk in 2020...in fact exactly one year ago today my Brazilian pilgrim friend and I knew our Camino Primitivo walk was not to be. It was to be my 7th Camino route and 3rd time into Santiago de Compostela.

Current plans (vaccine, travel restrictions, etc allowing) are to walk in 2022.

Shortly thereafter I read an article about a fellow in France who ran a marathon on his 23 foot balcony so a brilliant plan formed.

i would walk a 310 km Alternative Camino Primitivo on a 29 foot wooden deck (yes if do the math > 30,000 back and forth trips). So that’s what I did walking 310 kms over 12 days. I made one concession and that was no backpack (that would look ridiculous!). Well actually quite a few concessions as I had indoor facilities, hot meals, warm showers and a nice bed each night!

As I was walking the first day I thought why not include this Alternative Camino on my blog (has 105 actual walking days) so that’s what I did making up stuff about my adventures each day. Great fun for me, a real family event with the odd (many) funny looks from people walking by the yard! It was a COVID experience!

A few pictures below of a very rainy day...and two special pilgrims who joined me regularly (granddaughters Rose 5 and Elodie 2). Interestingly I was asked why I was walking in the rain...well what else does one do on the Camino?

Once I completed the Camino it struck me how easily an online blog could simply disappear...remember Family memories on VHS tapes!

So I started wondering if there was a way to actually publish a blog....sure enough that was not an original idea as I quickly found out with my friend Google.

Luckily I stumbled upon www.pixxibook.com a company whom I highly recommend! Without going into much detail I spent many hours editing my blog (typos, attaching captions to pictures etc) and the software produced magic! The support received from Tim at Pixxibook was incredible!

Three beautiful volumes over 700 pages were ordered (subsequently ordered smaller books for three pilgrim friends..one in Brazil). A few weeks later the books arrived...I fooled myself into thinking I was a published author!!! Clearly that isn’t so but why not pretend.

I then spent many delightful hours reading my three superb volumes...incredible memories most great...some not as much however that’s all part of long distance walking.

Now I was feeling pretty good about myself both about my Camino walks (after all I had walked approximately 3,000 kms + 310 kms on my Alternative Camino Primitivo) and the fact that I had succeeded in creating this keepsake books.

So I let my family know about my books (see below)...and the fun started!

My son in law very quickly said he would like to read them...he was being nice...he hasn’t.

Then my middle daughter’s fiancée said she would like to read them. Same as my son in law...future daughter in law was just being nice...she hasn’t read them.

Oldest, youngest daughters didn’t even pretend to be interested... neither was Dawn, my wife.

My middle daughter (middle child!!!) then said she would read them once Elodie has read them. Elodie is 2 years old!!! A bit cheeky that one!

Finally a few days later Dawn asked me if she could borrow the books. I thought WOW until I realized she wanted them to raise the laptop for a book club meeting! (see below)

So here I am with my beautiful books and memories... I expect to take them out every so often to reread and delight in the memories. When my time comes the family will just have to fight it out as to who inherits the books!

I hope Elodie wins the battle!

Never take oneself too seriously...

Everyone please stay safe...the Camino waits patiently for all of us...and we must do the same.

Buen Camino

Guy

 

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Year of past OR future Camino
2019
Great idea...& a labour of love.
On my journeys, I send group emails & for the VF, posted updates here on the Forum. In both cases, some people read them & some don't. It is always an eye-opener to which category our nearest & dearest fall! But I don't solely write for others; I print them out & keep them as a record or journal for me. It's amazing as time passes how so many little details disappear from our memories. Your books will keep your journey alive for you forever now...& that alone is priceless regardless of who else does or doesn't read them! 🤗
👣 🌏
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Like so many Forum members I cancelled a May Camino walk in 2020...in fact exactly one year ago today my Brazilian pilgrim friend and I knew our Camino Primitivo walk was not to be. It was to be my 7th Camino route and 3rd time into Santiago de Compostela.

Current plans (vaccine, travel restrictions, etc allowing) are to walk in 2022.

Shortly thereafter I read an article about a fellow in France who ran a marathon on his 23 foot balcony so a brilliant plan formed.

i would walk a 310 km Alternative Camino Primitivo on a 29 foot wooden deck (yes if do the math > 30,000 back and forth trips). So that’s what I did walking 310 kms over 12 days. I made one concession and that was no backpack (that would look ridiculous!). Well actually quite a few concessions as I had indoor facilities, hot meals, warm showers and a nice bed each night!

As I was walking the first day I thought why not include this Alternative Camino on my blog (has 105 actual walking days) so that’s what I did making up stuff about my adventures each day. Great fun for me, a real family event with the odd (many) funny looks from people walking by the yard! It was a COVID experience!

A few pictures below of a very rainy day...and two special pilgrims who joined me regularly (granddaughters Rose 5 and Elodie 2). Interestingly I was asked why I was walking in the rain...well what else does one do on the Camino?

Once I completed the Camino it struck me how easily an online blog could simply disappear...remember Family memories on VHS tapes!

So I started wondering if there was a way to actually publish a blog....sure enough that was not an original idea as I quickly found out with my friend Google.

Luckily I stumbled upon www.pixxibook.com a company whom I highly recommend! Without going into much detail I spent many hours editing my blog (typos, attaching captions to pictures etc) and the software produced magic! The support received from Tim at Pixxibook was incredible!

Three beautiful volumes over 700 pages were ordered (subsequently ordered smaller books for three pilgrim friends..one in Brazil). A few weeks later the books arrived...I fooled myself into thinking I was a published author!!! Clearly that isn’t so but why not pretend.

I then spent many delightful hours reading my three superb volumes...incredible memories most great...some not as much however that’s all part of long distance walking.

Now I was feeling pretty good about myself both about my Camino walks (after all I had walked approximately 3,000 kms + 310 kms on my Alternative Camino Primitivo) and the fact that I had succeeded in creating this keepsake books.

So I let my family know about my books (see below)...and the fun started!

My son in law very quickly said he would like to read them...he was being nice...he hasn’t.

Then my middle daughter’s fiancée said she would like to read them. Same as my son in law...future daughter in law was just being nice...she hasn’t read them.

Oldest, youngest daughters didn’t even pretend to be interested... neither was Dawn, my wife.

My middle daughter (middle child!!!) then said she would read them once Elodie has read them. Elodie is 2 years old!!! A bit cheeky that one!

Finally a few days later Dawn asked me if she could borrow the books. I thought WOW until I realized she wanted them to raise the laptop for a book club meeting! (see below)

So here I am with my beautiful books and memories... I expect to take them out every so often to reread and delight in the memories. When my time comes the family will just have to fight it out as to who inherits the books!

I hope Elodie wins the battle!

Never take oneself too seriously...

Everyone please stay safe...the Camino waits patiently for all of us...and we must do the same.

Buen Camino

Guy

What a fabulous idea and great keepsake. Your post was an enjoyable read, so I’m sure your 2013 journey will eventually catch their attention. I’m wondering how your deck weathered all those footsteps!
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
For what it's worth, Guy, I read as you posted! I think I may even have commented at some stage. I remember laughing a lot. What fabulous books.
 
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Meggins

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances - One complete St.J.P.P to Santiago plus twice more for 500km each time.
I always keep a handwritten journal which I re-read causing me joy mixed with laughter! Last Camino Sept/Oct 2019 I booked my flight via a Cheap flights site, smugly saving about $200. I got bumped since I didn't book directly with Air Canada! Worse,it was to a day earlier! You can imagine!! My plans and reservations went out the window! This was about 3 days before I was to leave - so I cancelled Ryanair,, Orisson managed to re-book me! Then there was Roncevalles and Zubiri where I had also booked ahead! Spent 1 entire precious day on the Internet - so no final packing review, house cleaning etc. Oh Woe!!

First couple of lines from my journal: Airport Sept 5th
'Home is a shambles but I am here! Imagine that - without my hat! I will have to acquire poles & a hat at S.Jean! Never did the floors Oh My! and celery is waiting to pounce out of the fridge - My Bad!! Have just ordered my traditional pre-flight large glass of Shiraz & brain is frazzled!!
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances Roncesvalles to Sahagun Oct 2016
Sahagun to SDC April 2017 Burgos to SDC April 2018
Like so many Forum members I cancelled a May Camino walk in 2020...in fact exactly one year ago today my Brazilian pilgrim friend and I knew our Camino Primitivo walk was not to be. It was to be my 7th Camino route and 3rd time into Santiago de Compostela.

Current plans (vaccine, travel restrictions, etc allowing) are to walk in 2022.

Shortly thereafter I read an article about a fellow in France who ran a marathon on his 23 foot balcony so a brilliant plan formed.

i would walk a 310 km Alternative Camino Primitivo on a 29 foot wooden deck (yes if do the math > 30,000 back and forth trips). So that’s what I did walking 310 kms over 12 days. I made one concession and that was no backpack (that would look ridiculous!). Well actually quite a few concessions as I had indoor facilities, hot meals, warm showers and a nice bed each night!

As I was walking the first day I thought why not include this Alternative Camino on my blog (has 105 actual walking days) so that’s what I did making up stuff about my adventures each day. Great fun for me, a real family event with the odd (many) funny looks from people walking by the yard! It was a COVID experience!

A few pictures below of a very rainy day...and two special pilgrims who joined me regularly (granddaughters Rose 5 and Elodie 2). Interestingly I was asked why I was walking in the rain...well what else does one do on the Camino?

Once I completed the Camino it struck me how easily an online blog could simply disappear...remember Family memories on VHS tapes!

So I started wondering if there was a way to actually publish a blog....sure enough that was not an original idea as I quickly found out with my friend Google.

Luckily I stumbled upon www.pixxibook.com a company whom I highly recommend! Without going into much detail I spent many hours editing my blog (typos, attaching captions to pictures etc) and the software produced magic! The support received from Tim at Pixxibook was incredible!

Three beautiful volumes over 700 pages were ordered (subsequently ordered smaller books for three pilgrim friends..one in Brazil). A few weeks later the books arrived...I fooled myself into thinking I was a published author!!! Clearly that isn’t so but why not pretend.

I then spent many delightful hours reading my three superb volumes...incredible memories most great...some not as much however that’s all part of long distance walking.

Now I was feeling pretty good about myself both about my Camino walks (after all I had walked approximately 3,000 kms + 310 kms on my Alternative Camino Primitivo) and the fact that I had succeeded in creating this keepsake books.

So I let my family know about my books (see below)...and the fun started!

My son in law very quickly said he would like to read them...he was being nice...he hasn’t.

Then my middle daughter’s fiancée said she would like to read them. Same as my son in law...future daughter in law was just being nice...she hasn’t read them.

Oldest, youngest daughters didn’t even pretend to be interested... neither was Dawn, my wife.

My middle daughter (middle child!!!) then said she would read them once Elodie has read them. Elodie is 2 years old!!! A bit cheeky that one!

Finally a few days later Dawn asked me if she could borrow the books. I thought WOW until I realized she wanted them to raise the laptop for a book club meeting! (see below)

So here I am with my beautiful books and memories... I expect to take them out every so often to reread and delight in the memories. When my time comes the family will just have to fight it out as to who inherits the books!

I hope Elodie wins the battle!

Never take oneself too seriously...

Everyone please stay safe...the Camino waits patiently for all of us...and we must do the same.

Buen Camino

Guy

I am not laughing but I do have a very broad smile 😁
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Great idea...& a labour of love.
On my journeys, I send group emails & for the VF, posted updates here on the Forum. In both cases, some people read them & some don't. It is always an eye-opener to which category our nearest & dearest fall! But I don't solely write for others; I print them out & keep them as a record or journal for me. It's amazing as time passes how so many little details disappear from our memories. Your books will keep your journey alive for you forever now...& that alone is priceless regardless of who else does or doesn't read them! 🤗
👣 🌏
This is exactly what I do and notice the same things as you. I too, print out my daily emails that become a journal for myself and I love referring back to them on occasion!
 

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