Last year our 1000 mile pilgrimage across France and Spain on was inspired by Beth Jusino’s Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago. The big adventure this year is also sparked by another Seattle area author—Cassandra Overby who wrote Explore Europe on Foot. That book inspired our frequent travel partners, Trev and Kim to create a European adventure that follows many of the hikes in Cassandra’s book.
In ten weeks we will cross an ocean, visit six countries, hike, bike, and engage in a lot of typical sightseeing. We nicknamed it operation Whirlwind. It will much busier than our trekking journeys, but like those trips we will be living out of our backpacks and doing our best to experience life abroad.
We started this trip on a 14 day repositioning cruise and are currently four days out of Fort Lauderdale on our way to Rome. Unlike our trek last year, we won’t post everyday we are on the move—just days we think are worthy of sharing. This post will be short because shipboard Wi-Fi is, shall we say, slower than a salted slug on a summer’s day.