Day 26: 1000

Posted by on May 14, 2022 in Travel Update | 5 Comments

And I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

Lyrics from ”I’m Gonna Be” by the Proclaimers

The number 1000 has come up a lot recently. First, this pilgrimage will be (roughly) 1000 miles for us. Today, we reached a point where we are about 1000 kilometers (620 miles) from our end goal, Santiago de Compostela in Spain. And, several days back, we ran across a gîte with an interesting name: Mille Bornes.

Mille Bornes is a French card game common in the US. Borne is the French word for marker and Mille Bornes means a thousand markers, or kilometers. The Mille Bornes gîte is roughly 1000 kilometers from Santiago, and, 1000 miles from the Belgian home of the gîte owners.

Bottom line: We’re making progress.

New Feature: Q&A. If you ask a question in the comments that is of general interest we will address it in this section.

Q: Jim asked, ”What do the French do with the donkeys in their farm? Are they used for pack animals?”

A: Unlike the hard working French farmers, donkeys appear to live a life of mostly leisure on the farms we’ve passed. However, many gîtes advertise ”Donkey Parking” but in our three plus weeks on this pilgrimage we’ve only seen three donkeys used to haul gear, and that was on the first day. Maybe we should hire one for tough stretches

Scenes from the walk today. It was a long and hot day—just over 20 miles. Because of expected heat and rain we will break up the next section into two days.

How to mow your lawn: French Style:

I’ve mentioned that even small towns have a war monument honoring their dead, often with many names. Today I found one with only four. A very small town.

Some of these town names are very hard. For example, our start and end towns today.


  1. Jim Rooks
    May 16, 2022

    This was another beautiful day for you. Thanks for the Donkey explanation!

  2. Sue Bregel
    May 15, 2022

    What do the route markers look like or are you following a specific map. Okay you probably use gps. I’m old fashioned

    • Laurie
      May 15, 2022

      Thanks for the question. Check out tomorrow’s post.

  3. Dennis Brooke
    May 15, 2022

    South African, or European?

  4. Tom Howorth
    May 15, 2022

    Q: what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?