Back track dear friends to Oct 2008

The symbol of the Camino October 3rd 2008 It’s rather embarrassing that as Teresa and I pack and plan for section 4 of the Camino that my photos and updates of the whole journey are no further than part of Day 1. It’s always been my intention to get it up to date and preferably before we start section 4 but there’s loads of work, time is tight etc, However this morning with a great plan of work ahead, my Thunderbird has crashed and has a ‘Can Not Do’ attitude. I could scream and shout, I could get depressed or [...]

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9 days and counting…..

All the information has now arrived, luggage tags, vouchers for hotels which led me to seek them all out on the internet to get an idea of location and how they look, topguide etc. Had a lovely email from my wonderful walking companion Teresa - Thanks H. I am almost beside myself with anticipation.    I may have a peek on-line at the stopping places. I can just see us walking along that bridge in Cahors.   Love T XXX   …..and Teresa has a two day walk in the Peak District to do before she gets to France. I [...]

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Only two weeks to go!!

Two weeks tomorrow and Teresa and I will be off to do the next section of the Camino and we’ll be spending a night and day in Toulouse en route. This morning I received an email from the wonderful Ann from World Walks who is organising it all for us letting me know that she’ll be putting the hotel vouchers in the post and also checking what book she has already sent us. It’s making it all very real and I for one am getting very excited. Camino, here we come.

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Fully paid up and rearing to go.

Lay awake in bed last night realising that we’re now fully paid up for our trip and it’s only 5 and a half weeks till we go!!! Rather exciting. We are both carrying a couple of injuries though so it’s going to be thorough work on those knees for both of us, still a little on Teresa’s shoulder and management of my arch issue. Oh joy. No doubt we’ll be fine though.

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A necessary piece of kit.

On a walking trip, you would be forgiven for thinking that the most necessary piece of kit would be your walking boots/shoes and you would be right, but as I’ve discovered, when flying especially on a low cost carrier a bag that holds your poles is up there just as important unless you want to spend as much extra money as on a pair of skis or a set of golf clubs! The first time Teresa and I headed off to walk the Camino, transporting our poles wasn’t a problem. I attached mine to my rucksack and no one queried [...]

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The greatest party of my life – and Mark prepares to head off home to the USA

What a lovely surprise to get another blog posting from Mark and a great summary of what can only be an undescribable experience. Posted: 12 Oct 2008 03:01 PM CDTSunday Night Well, I am back in the real world. Was it ever strange to get in a taxi and head to the airport in Santiago. I felt like I was flying and hadn´t left the ground yet. I flew to Madrid and checked into a hotel. I have a 3:30 a.m. wakeup call and then shuttle to the airport.  It´s hard to describe Saturday night, but will do the best [...]

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Talking about the Camino and Mark’s last blogs

Met up with the East End Girls yesterday for our monthly walk and had about 6 new walkers. It was a great day and a great walk. I will post some new photos tomorrow. Caught up with my walking buddy Teresa who I’ve really missed in the last few days, it was good to see her again. We are full of stories about the Camino and talked about the fact that it was mark’s last day on the trail. Here are the last two blog entries which i picked up today. I´ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy…down in my [...]

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Tomorrow is the big day!!

It’s the day that Mark finishes the Camino and walks into Santiago, look out for the final posting but to whet your appetite, here is the latest blogs from Thursday. My moment of truth Posted: 09 Oct 2008 02:10 PM CDTMonday Evening It is impossible to make it from Ruitelan to Samos in one day. You will be lucky to make it to Triacastela. These were the words going through my mind as I approached the mountain top village of O´Cebreiro. Last night at dinner they laughed at me when I said I wanted to go 42 kilometers (which would [...]

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What dreams are made of

Posted: 05 Oct 2008 11:58 AM CDTSaturday As it turns out, I gave you my marching orders for the perfect day. Today is what dreams are all about. I left Ponferrada late morning and had the best stage of the entire Camino. The weather was perfect, the landscape surreal and it was harvest day for grape growers. I walked through acres of grape fields and saw groups of people picking grapes everywhere. Farmers were bringing loads of green and purple grapes into the wineries by the truck and trailer load. As I walked through one small village around 3:00 p.m. [...]

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Catch up from Mark on the Camino and nearly in Santiago.

Mark’s updates have always been important to me and for a number of reasons. Firstly, I was very excited when I first met him and he shared with me his intention to do the walk. In the past he has not ben a walker so each update has been letting me know how he’s getting on and therefore letting me feel reassured that he’s OK. Secondly, as someone wanting to do it myself, it was great to hear the stories, to hear about the experiences etc and finally , as he’s so near the end I want to know how [...]

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