Day 43: Up on the Farm

Posted by on May 31, 2022 in Travel Update | 6 Comments

A short post because we are staying at a monastery with iffy WiFi. And because we we are taking some time to enjoy the beer that the monks brew here. Well, that’s my excuse. Last night we slept in a cow shed. Well, it used to be a cow shed. Now it functions as an […]

Day 42: Reboot

Posted by on May 29, 2022 in Travel Update | One Comment

42: An auspicious number: Jackie Robinsons number in baseball—retired by all major league teams in recognition of his groundbreaking accomplishments. A friend was once asked by a man in his 80s how old he was. He replied, “42.” The man replied, “A great age. You’ve lived only about half your life but made most of […]

Day 40: If at First You Don’t Succeed

Posted by on May 27, 2022 in Travel Update | 9 Comments

“Man Plans, and God Laughs.” Old Yiddish adage Despite all the hiking and backpacking we do it has been many years since we’ve had problems with blisters. But rain and shoe failure have caused blisters that will sideline us for at least a few days.We’ve opted to take a train from Deba to Bilbao, a […]

Day 39: The Real Answer is…

Posted by on May 27, 2022 in Travel Update | 7 Comments

Imagine this scene from Jeopardy: Contestant: “I’ll take Famous Explorers for $600.” Ken: “This sailor led the first expedition to circumnavigate the world in 1522.” Contestant: “Who is Ferdinand Magellan?” Buzzer sounds. Ken: “Sorry, that is what most school children are taught. Magellan organized and led the 1519 Spanish expedition. But he died in a […]

Day 38: A Trail With a View

Posted by on May 25, 2022 in Travel Update | One Comment

The forecast for this morning was, again, rain. Thank God it held off and we finally got to see the great views mentioned by friends and guidebooks. The other big change is the numbers of fellow pelegrinos. In five weeks on the French Chemin we met two fellow Americans and a smattering of other native […]

Day 37: A Fresh Start

Posted by on May 24, 2022 in Travel Update | No Comments

Today we started the second of our two conjoined caminos, this one the Camino del Norte across the northern coast of Spain. It’s about as long as the French camino we just finished. We made a steep climb into the hills to the west. We’ve heard there are amazing views of the seas from the […]

Day 35: Au Revoir France, Bienvenido a España

Posted by on May 22, 2022 in Travel Update | 10 Comments

Today we had an easy route, even though it was very warm, and made the crossing from France to Spain on a passenger ferry. This morning we quizzed each other on Spanish in an effort to change our mentality from speaking French to Spanish.  It will take some time. We had a pleasant surprise when […]

Day 34: Basque Country

Posted by on May 21, 2022 in Travel Update | 2 Comments

We believe that the local paint stores here in French Basque country stock only two colors: white and burgundy. All others have to be special ordered. And yes, we do recognize that our Coug friends will call it crimson, not burgundy. The white walls with burgundy (all right, crimson) with the wood half-timbers painted crimson […]

Day 33: In An Emergency

Posted by on May 20, 2022 in Travel Update | 6 Comments

A short post today because our devious hotel throttles uploads on their WiFi which prevents us from transferring pictures. Even worse, that means no Netflix tonight on the iPad mini. Hey, you think we hauled this thing along just to do blog posts? Yesterday evening was a bit distressing. Because our gite doesn’t serve dinner […]

Day 32: The Road Less Traveled

Posted by on May 20, 2022 in Travel Update | 5 Comments

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference. From The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Yesterday many of the friends we have made continued their journeys toward Saint Jean-Pied-de-Port, the start of the Camino Frances through Spain and probably the most famous […]

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