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Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2018?

Camino(s) past & future
Francés, Inglés, Fisterra/Muxia, Baztanés x2, Primitivo, Norte, Portugués & hopefully many more.
I spent a lovely morning in the Belfast hills, starting with a little trail run and finishing with a very enjoyable 'walk and talk' with a good friend. A nice way to spend a few hours.

One of the trails is through bogland and is normally very wet. It was pleasantly soft and springy today, with hardly any soggy bits. The last time I walked here I slipped on an icy bridge and landed face-down in a pool of mud and bog water. Thankfully very different conditions today!

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Peter Fransiscus

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Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
I spent a lovely morning in the Belfast hills, starting with a little trail run and finishing with a very enjoyable 'walk and talk' with a good friend. A nice way to spend a few hours.

One of the trails is through bogland and is normally very wet. It was pleasantly soft and springy today, with hardly any soggy bits. The last time I walked here I slipped on an icy bridge and landed face-down in a pool of mud and bog water. Thankfully very different conditions today!

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Walked there in 1976 it was a whole different period in the history of Northern Ireland. But that was than it's a wonderful country aspecialy the Giant Causeway .
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, Inglés, Fisterra/Muxia, Baztanés x2, Primitivo, Norte, Portugués & hopefully many more.
Walked there in 1976 it was a whole different period in the history of Northern Ireland. But that was than it's a wonderful country aspecialy the Giant Causeway .
Very different times indeed, Peter. These hills were used by the army and closed to the public during the Northern Ireland 'troubles'. The area is now managed by the National Trust and is a fantastic and much-used amenity.
 

Peter Fransiscus

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Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Very different times indeed, Peter. These hills were used by the army and closed to the public during the Northern Ireland 'troubles'. The area is now managed by the National Trust and is a fantastic and much-used amenity.
I was in the army aswell during that period and was invited by a army photographer who I met in Germany a few years earlyer.
But there are also very sad memories for me in Northern Ireland, you can't win them all !!!
 

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Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
Camino(s) past & future
April (2015) SJPdP to SdC; Porto to SdC April (2016)
So, finally, there is no escape. (Very small voice): are they even in Scotland, my beloved country? YES THEY ARE. EEK! https://must-see-scotland.com/ticks-in-scotland/
Very definitely in Scotland. No short sleeves or shorts for me as the little terrors get everywhere and they can be tiny. I get them on me, the cats get them and today my daughter rescued a still-living, unchewed field mouse from the jaws of one of our cats and that had a tick on its nose - we removed the revolting creature with standard vet-supplied tick remover and took the lucky rodent back outside to live free from parasites but not necessarily from predation by felines. We don't get out much, as the saying goes … :rolleyes:
 

yaying

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Camino(s) past & future
somehow someday...
@Sailor i recalled during my first year at Dubai, i never liked their sun set color and same here in Doha... went back home this year for 2 months i realized to missed them.... now i was missing sunrise with lots of colorful kingfisher at the sea... and luckily to buy some freshly fish and chatting with fishermen bargaining with a glass of some coffee, 'puto maya' i bring along with me. :):(
 

Sailor

Donante Vitalicio
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Infinito
Yes, BIG difference on the sunset and sunrise over the South China Sea, San Bernardino Straits, Indonesian Archipelago, and all the islands, skies super clean, air super clean, awesome sunset and sunrise, and at night the sky super dark with super bright stars so close to you! Life at sea is great (and is better during calm seas).
 
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Does eastern Canada count as 'local' for me?

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Why not? Main point is to share your steps and your pictures! Thanks. Such rich contrasts of colours. Your own really local is also such a beautiful space, Some paths can only be experienced this way, so keep them coming!
 
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April (2015) SJPdP to SdC; Porto to SdC April (2016)
This spring/early summer has been glorious here in Scotland where the weather and temperatures have been better than in Spain. After a long, hard winter with so many dreich days and the beautiful views obscured by fog or horizontal rain, Galloway in SW Scotland has enjoyed the best weather in decades although after such a long dry period, the local farmers were hoping for rain as the grass had little nourishment for the cows and sheep grazing in the fields This photo was taken from the end of my garden towards evening a couple of days ago. When the sun shines it is almost heaven here, when it rains it is like Galicia without the Camino and vino tinto.
 

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This spring/early summer has been glorious here in Scotland where the weather and temperatures have been better than in Spain. After a long, hard winter with so many dreich days and the beautiful views obscured by fog or horizontal rain, Galloway in SW Scotland has enjoyed the best weather in decades although after such a long dry period, the local farmers were hoping for rain as the grass had little nourishment for the cows and sheep grazing in the fields This photo was taken from the end of my garden towards evening a couple of days ago. When the sun shines it is almost heaven here, when it rains it is like Galicia without the Camino and vino tinto.
You are blessed, SEB.
 
Camino(s) past & future
April (2015) SJPdP to SdC; Porto to SdC April (2016)
Except of course for the (shh!) Midgies !!! And what’s so funny is that I have had to keep a straight face when someone refers to them as midgets....
And of course the horse flies, the mud, and living up a hillside without transport. But every time time I have to walk into the nearest town to do the shopping I remind myself that three and a half miles is nothing, and that I often walked more than that in the pouring rain before my first café con leche.

But then there are the compensations of the red squirrels, the deer and the badgers, and being Scottish badgers they always get a supper of porage oats - see pics.
 

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And of course the horse flies, the mud, and living up a hillside without transport. But every time time I have to walk into the nearest town to do the shopping I remind myself that three and a half miles is nothing, and that I often walked more than that in the pouring rain before my first café con leche.

But then there are the compensations of the red squirrels, the deer and the badgers, and being Scottish badgers they always get a supper of porage oats - see pics.
Wow! That badger photo is wonderful. I would love to see one in real life.
 
Camino(s) past & future
some and then more. see my signature.
Morning walk to avoid another hot day.
It didn't rain here for weeks and next couple of days there will not be much improvement.
Next thursday and friday predictions are 33 Celsius. For our country an official heatwave.

The pics show how dry it is.Normally that field track is extremely muddy.In winter and spring I sometimes get stuck in that deep mud.
Now cracks everywhere.
Also a pic of another local artwork in unity with nature.Called " twijfelgrens" aka border of doubt.
And took Roman paved road back to home.
 

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Morning walk to avoid another hot day.
It didn't rain here for weeks and next couple of days there will not be much improvement.
Next thursday and friday predictions are 33 Celsius. For our country an official heatwave.

The pics show how dry it is.Normally that field track is extremely muddy.In winter and spring I sometimes get stuck in that deep mud.
Now cracks everywhere.
Also a pic of another local artwork in unity with nature.Called " twijfelgrens" aka border of doubt.
And took Roman paved road back to home.
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This one is so like the spot on the way from Cizur Menor where I was accompanied last year by a pilgrim I had met four years previously when he passed by Zabaldika ! It is only 9am here, Sabine. Have you been out and back? Phew, I need to get a move on!
 
Wow! That badger photo is wonderful. I would love to see one in real life.

I was driving one night in the lanes of west Wales, when I came across two young ones, possibly adolescents. I slowed to a snail’s pace. One stood still but the other ran along beside me for some distance ... a bold adventurer! They can go at quite a pace!
 

Sailor

Donante Vitalicio
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Infinito
My first visit here in about a week so I had some catch up to do. Thank you for all the great photos. Good to see Mister P up and about, please get well soon as the camino is waiting for you. On my side, had another good walk early this morning before things get super hot in my area. Overall productive month of July with a lot of good walking. To all caminantes, animo, no pares de caminar.
 
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(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
This is not a local walk (it is at Davit Gureja, on the Georgian/Azerbaijan border) and it was a year ago I walked it- but now am wishing for some of that dryness. Very wet here now, monsoon, and not the best walking. DSCN1985.JPG
 
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Camino Frances SJPdP (June 2017)
Camino Frances Sarria (June 2018)
Camino Ingles (July 2018)
I visited the peaceful Pilgrim Chapel at the Benedictine monastery, Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight - to be honest, I was surprised by the lack of shells or St James though, and I realised there were different views of pilgrimage.
 

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I've been all over the place and a bit remiss in sharing...but I've landed here at 'home' for a few months and was treated with this lovely welcome the other morning when I went out the door to walk around the block - a Hawai'ian Hawk ('Io in Hawaiian) basking in the early morning sun.
 

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Productive walk by the ocean this morning, all the way to "the point of return" where the river meets the ocean. Good timing, the tide was rising and I could see the water flowing from the ocean into the river. A couple of kilometers to the south is the international border in the fog. No pares de caminar.
 

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Donante Vitalicio
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Infinito
I love and respect mother nature, and one good thing observed yesterday and today while walking on the beach area, only a few small "plastic items" washed ashore. Something better, workers (paid or volunteers) walking around the beach with containers collecting the few plastic items washed ashore. We need to do our best to keep plastics out of our rivers and oceans (and out of our landfills too). And now we return to our normally scheduled conversation of "Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2018?"
 

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Donante Vitalicio
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Infinito
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No beach walk today, went to the woods (wrong decision number one), reached a decision point were the trail went east or west, so, I went west (wrong decision number two). Found myself in the middle of a mosquito trail (hot and muggy, perfect for mosquitos in this area). After several minutes of hand-to-hand combat with the mosquitos I decided to head to a clear area looking for the main road (my first good decision of the morning). Found the main road and contined my walk. End of my book.
 
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Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
My acclimatization walks of the past 2 days in Huaraz, Perú can't be considered local but I promised a few people that I would post before we start our trek of the Huayhuash Circuit and am off line.

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Enjoy your walks all!
breathtaking... and maybe you know this, but at first I didn't till someone told me to choose thumbnail. Also, if the photo is too greedy, edit it to make it smaller
 
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So far...
2012 ~ 2018
Very hot days right now so my walks are early morning and mostly coastal areas where there is always a breeze. A nice quiet wander near and along the paths of Blackie Spit into Mud Bay at the mouth of the Nicomekl River. This area at one time was a traditional First Nations summer camp due to the rich clam beds and wild berry areas. In a field, a large circle of memory stones etched with poems and stories from the people of the region. First time I've seen them - a beautiful place.

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Sailor

Donante Vitalicio
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Camino Infinito
Good walk early this morning on the waterfront with a good military friend, another 17km pre-camino tune-up as we prepare for our camino to start during Semana Santa 2019. Overall, a lot of good walks the whole week, PTL. To all caminantes currently walking to Santiago and to those walking locally, animo, no pares de caminar.
 
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Upcoming: ?+VdlP (Sept 2018)
Today I did a practise walk with the backpack (have gained some weight since camino 2016 so I needed to make sure it still fits around the hips etc :) ) I aimed for Luleå 36 km away, approximately 40 km away if I walked half the way in the woods. Everything went really smooth until I reached a lake about half ways. Two paths was supposed to lead from it towards a road. Both paths were gone, one in wet land and one wasn't visible anymore when they had cut down all the trees. I tried to find my own way over a hill but on the other side I met more wet land and it was impossible to continue without sinking to my knees in mud. According to my map it wasn't supposed to be that wet there :-/ So I aimed for another road but that one was a one way road and the only way was back towards my home. But anyhow I got 43 km is my legs in 27 degrees C in just under 9 hours and 1 hour was spent walking 2 km back and forth trying to get to the intended road. So I was quite happy. Lovely paths.
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Great ph
Today I did a practise walk with the backpack (have gained some weight since camino 2016 so I needed to make sure it still fits around the hips etc :) ) I aimed for Luleå 36 km away, approximately 40 km away if I walked half the way in the woods. Everything went really smooth until I reached a lake about half ways. Two paths was supposed to lead from it towards a road. Both paths were gone, one in wet land and one wasn't visible anymore when they had cut down all the trees. I tried to find my own way over a hill but on the other side I met more wet land and it was impossible to continue without sinking to my knees in mud. According to my map it wasn't supposed to be that wet there :-/ So I aimed for another road but that one was a one way road and the only way was back towards my home. But anyhow I got 43 km is my legs in just under 9 hours and 1 hour was spent walking 2 km back and forth trying to get to the intended road. So I was quite happy. Lovely paths.
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Great photos, and well done you. Mud up to the knees, no thanks. I envy your flat roads, here there is absolutely nothing flat, and we're at 2,000 m so I always think even if I walk less, it might count just as much.
 
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Circular walk of 6k. in yet another local village.
"Only " 27 Celsius so 10 degrees less hot than friday.
Although it rained yesterday everything is still extremely dry.
Rested on a bench...a bench with poetry!
And a Trappist beer.
 

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Went for a 26 K walk today along the coastline north of Copenhagen. For the first time in many days the weather wasn’t too hot, around 25-26 C, scattered clouds and a nice breeze. But it’s only a short break, tomorrow we will be back to clear skies and 32-35 C. It’s so dry here now that the trees are beginning to drop leaves (it looks like autumn!) attempting to reduce evaporation and conserve water.

The picture is from the small Tårbæk harbor, a nice and quiet place to take a break.

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The morning started out sunny, but I was not to be fooled. I set out up the hill carrying my biggest umbrella, handy also as a walking stick. Hopped over rivulets in the road, met two friends going the same way and we climbed up and over and stopped for tea with impeccable timing. The deluge commenced.
I watched with sympathy as two goats tethered nearby cringed at the downpour. Their owner took her sweet time getting them out of the rain.
When the battering floods from the sky lessened, we set off on the other half of the circle. Scooting down wet paths, admiring the happy corn, gazing at the mountains playing peek a boo with the mist, and trying not to slip on the stones.
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Thank you Miss @SabineP, Mister @stgcph, and @Ferenjinan for the good looking photos. Mister S, that is a good looking waterfront (reminds me of my hometown and my days working as a commercial fisherman)! On my side, good walk this morning, found another walker and slowed down to her comfortable pace, walked together for several kilometers until she reached her home. Yes, it is HOT here, but I am feeling good about my pre-camino training walks. To all caminantes currently heading to Santiago, and to those doing their local walks, animo, no pares de caminar.
 

stgcph

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(reminds me of my hometown and my days working as a commercial fisherman)!
There are actually still a few fishermen left in this area going out daily for cod and herring and crab and if you are here in the mornings you can buy fish directly off the boat (at good prices), but these days they make most of their income from taking tourists out on fishing trips.
 
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Great ph

Great photos, and well done you. Mud up to the knees, no thanks. I envy your flat roads, here there is absolutely nothing flat, and we're at 2,000 m so I always think even if I walk less, it might count just as much.
Sounds good to be able to walk hilly on hight heigths. I have hills around my whole city so I can walk in hills if I want to. And in a lot of stairs up on the mountain like these
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(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

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As August approaches, and my departure date at the end of the month draws inexorably nearer, it behooves me to ignore the monsoon and carry on walking. Lots of tourists today on the way to the waterfall... listening to French lessons with earphones...the thought of walking for hours and not seeing a soul is delightful.
But it's nice here too.
The mist was ethereal, the sunshine delightful and the heavy thundering rain normal.
The Tibetan prayer flags flapping out their wishes for the good of all sentient beings? Yup.
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As August approaches, and my departure date at the end of the month draws inexorably nearer, it behooves me to ignore the monsoon and carry on walking. Lots of tourists today on the way to the waterfall... listening to French lessons with earphones...the thought of walking for hours and not seeing a soul is delightful.
But it's nice here too.
The mist was ethereal, the sunshine delightful and the heavy thundering rain normal.
The Tibetan prayer flags flapping out their wishes for the good of all sentient beings? Yup.
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It's more than nice , it's beautyfull.
Wish you well, Peter.
 
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As August approaches, and my departure date at the end of the month draws inexorably nearer, it behooves me to ignore the monsoon and carry on walking. Lots of tourists today on the way to the waterfall... listening to French lessons with earphones...the thought of walking for hours and not seeing a soul is delightful.
But it's nice here too.
The mist was ethereal, the sunshine delightful and the heavy thundering rain normal.
The Tibetan prayer flags flapping out their wishes for the good of all sentient beings? Yup.
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St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
A short stroll
but timeless prayers
kora
kora around the Dalai Lama's hill.

Beings
and wind
blessings
then
rain comes
and
feeling blessed with water up to my ankles
a wet pilgrim
heading home.

Evening brings more rain and a pink sky.

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As August approaches, and my departure date at the end of the month draws inexorably nearer, it behooves me to ignore the monsoon and carry on walking. Lots of tourists today on the way to the waterfall... listening to French lessons with earphones...the thought of walking for hours and not seeing a soul is delightful.
But it's nice here too.
The mist was ethereal, the sunshine delightful and the heavy thundering rain normal.
The Tibetan prayer flags flapping out their wishes for the good of all sentient beings? Yup.
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Love, love , love all your photographs :)

And your poem ... :)

That’s a lot of people on what looks like a remote path!

Buen Camino!
 
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And so, home from the Barrow Way. At the end, a visit to the local cemetery informs visitors that two saints are honoured each year: St Mullin and St James…
While it has still a long distance to go, it ends in the southern tip of the country, but I can imagine that it might well have served as a Pilgrim Route. Let those with knowledge speak up!
St. Mullins is the end point of the path, as from there the river widens out on its onward trip to the sea. We walked for seven days, although the last two were very short, and we retraced our steps on the final day. There is no public transport from the end point, and by retracing our steps for 8km we reached a village from where the local bus runs to Kilkenny. There, options exist for onward travel by bus or train.
The way was a blessing. For the first two days, the waters of the canal were so still and calming. Some tarmac, but by the second day much less. From then on, the River Barrow shared itself with the Grand Canal, from time to time giving way to the locks, and we saw some tourist barges and kayaks along the way. Our other companions: birds, butterflies, otters, ladybirds, occasional local walkers with dogs, one pair of women in training for beginning their Camino on September 8th. It rained, yes, but it was not wet rain really!
My personal learning concerns my new walking method. After three caminos, and millions of steps, I now know that I was doing it all wrong! That gave me ginormous blisters. On day three, I copied my walking companion’s gait, and lo and behold! Whoopee! Heel down, toes spread, heels down, toes spread… In some things I am a very slow learner. Then, the walking poles! I finally got it. The straps are there to cradle the wrists, so the poles can be used to help spring forward rather than be used as supports to drag the body forward. A poor description, but the transformation in how the poles actually supported me was a pure delight! Dave Bugg’s words of advice accompanied me along the way. Thanks, Dave.
There were no challenges for those who like Picos de Europa, or Alto de Perdón, or any other hills you can think of. Flat. Flat. Flat. Nowhere else to be but where you are. A totally different infrastructure to any of the Caminos in Spain and Portugal and France, and more costly because of that. However, for anyone who can carry a tent, it could be done at minimum cost. It was a blessing and we will be accompanied for many months to come by the silent beauty that flowed and lapped along at our side, and formed the framework of the memories we will dip into during the year. In sum, a gift of time to walk almost at a snail’s pace, to look, listen, breathe, be thankful, apply willpower, and feel the brand new legs and feet every morning. I am thankful.
And now, a few photos:
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And so, home from the Barrow Way. At the end, a visit to the local cemetery informs visitors that two saints are honoured each year: St Mullin and St James…
While it has still a long distance to go, it ends in the southern tip of the country, but I can imagine that it might well have served as a Pilgrim Route. Let those with knowledge speak up!
St. Mullins is the end point of the path, as from there the river widens out on its onward trip to the sea. We walked for seven days, although the last two were very short, and we retraced our steps on the final day. There is no public transport from the end point, and by retracing our steps for 8km we reached a village from where the local bus runs to Kilkenny. There, options exist for onward travel by bus or train.
The way was a blessing. For the first two days, the waters of the canal were so still and calming. Some tarmac, but by the second day much less. From then on, the River Barrow shared itself with the Grand Canal, from time to time giving way to the locks, and we saw some tourist barges and kayaks along the way. Our other companions: birds, butterflies, otters, ladybirds, occasional local walkers with dogs, one pair of women in training for beginning their Camino on September 8th. It rained, yes, but it was not wet rain really!
My personal learning concerns my new walking method. After three caminos, and millions of steps, I now know that I was doing it all wrong! That gave me ginormous blisters. On day three, I copied my walking companion’s gait, and lo and behold! Whoopee! Heel down, toes spread, heels down, toes spread… In some things I am a very slow learner. Then, the walking poles! I finally got it. The straps are there to cradle the wrists, so the poles can be used to help spring forward rather than be used as supports to drag the body forward. A poor description, but the transformation in how the poles actually supported me was a pure delight! Dave Bugg’s words of advice accompanied me along the way. Thanks, Dave.
There were no challenges for those who like Picos de Europa, or Alto de Perdón, or any other hills you can think of. Flat. Flat. Flat. Nowhere else to be but where you are. A totally different infrastructure to any of the Caminos in Spain and Portugal and France, and more costly because of that. However, for anyone who can carry a tent, it could be done at minimum cost. It was a blessing and we will be accompanied for many months to come by the silent beauty that flowed and lapped along at our side, and formed the framework of the memories we will dip into during the year. In sum, a gift of time to walk almost at a snail’s pace, to look, listen, breathe, be thankful, apply willpower, and feel the brand new legs and feet every morning. I am thankful.
And now, a few photos:
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Splendid, kirkie!
Calming and beautiful :)

Aren’t poles great, when you learn how to use them properly?

Love the message in the middle photograph ... so true .... I don’t keep things ‘for best’ ... even my favourite heirlooms. What’s the point? ;)
 
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Thank you for sharing the beauty of your walk with us in words and photos, @kirkie!
In sum, a gift of time to walk almost at a snail’s pace, to look, listen, breathe, be thankful, apply willpower, and feel the brand new legs and feet every morning. I am thankful.
Beautiful.
And I am happy for your happiness, on all levels.:)
 
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(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
I'd be interested in doing that sometime. Money a problem, but, if wild camping is OK - I have done it in the past, in Ireland, ( but I'm old now and my tent is over in Alaska)
So do I research what- Barrow Way? And I see it goes through Graigmnamanagh, one of my favourite towns and near where I stay (Inistioge) and location of the cottage I will buy if ever I win the pools. dream cottage Greigmanaguah.jpg

Nan
 
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Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
I'd be interested in doing that sometime. Money a problem, but, if wild camping is OK - I have done it in the past, in Ireland, ( but I'm old now and my tent is over in Alaska)
So do I research what- Barrow Way? And I see it goes through Graigmnamanagh, one of my favourite towns and near where I stay (Inistioge) and location of the cottage I will buy if ever I win the pools. View attachment 45198

Nan
Yes, Nan, the Barrow Way. There are festivals in ireland at every turn, and outdoor shops sell light and probably very cheap tents . In fact, I think many young people just discard them when the festival is over... but back to Graiguenamanagh. The cathedral there is one of the most beautiful, in its simplicity, I have seen. The town of the monks. You had best be quick. Someone has seen the advantage of promoting a Blueway to allow the Lycra lads to speed their way down to the ocean...
 

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Marianne and I had a nice slow walk this morning.
It felt good, And now I'm resting.
 

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Happy hols, Sabine, and happy longer and longer walking, Peter!
An evening walk, after a hurricane went by a ways to the South of us today. That and fires and volcanic eruptions made for an amazing sunset. The only editing was to reduce the size...the color was astonishing, and all my friends are reportedly posting pics on FB of it, too. This is my FB. ;) Sunset(3a).jpg
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
Happy hols, Sabine, and happy longer and longer walking, Peter!
An evening walk, after a hurricane went by a ways to the South of us today. That and fires and volcanic eruptions made for an amazing sunset. The only editing was to reduce the size...the color was astonishing, and all my friends are reportedly posting pics on FB of it, too. This is my FB. ;) View attachment 45267
And the original Author, by analogy, is painted large and clear! What a lovely morning greeting for me!
 
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April (2015) SJPdP to SdC; Porto to SdC April (2016)
Well it was a short walk around IMG_1408.JPG
a local fishing port famous for its artists. Every year here is an Arts & Crafts Trail, the centrepiece was the wicker Sea Hames sculpture by Alex Rigg & Trevor Leat. Also many people in the town open their gardens to the public and the photographs show the one formerly owned by the artist Jessie M King. IMG_1405.JPG IMG_1430.JPG
 

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