Tag: pilgrim

Arriving at Puente la Reina

You’d think an historic pilgrimage route wouldn’t need a recently-updated guidebook.  And, for much of the Camino Aragones, that assumption is reasonably correct.  However, on what became my last day on that route, I learned that older guidebooks only work with a healthy dose of flexibility. After getting lost leaving

Remembering the Camino

It feels so long ago, the way that my skin smarted after a day in the Spanish sun, the joyous and multilingual conversation at a communal meal, the quiet of an albergue in the twilight.  My memories of the peaks seem too green; those of the water at the end of

Lost on the Camino Aragones

One big problem I faced on the Camino Aragones was my tendency to get lost.  It wasn’t that the path was tough to find; in fact, it was well marked.  It was just that, at times, it — and the Chemin d’Arles, for that matter — was a “choose your

A Long Day on the Camino

Depending on the elevation gain, my favorite hiking days are generally 24 to 32 miles long. That length seems to allow me enough time to stop and smell the roses and take some scenic breaks — such as my dinner break under a tree near the descent to Undués de Lerda — but still walk long enough to find a lovely hiker’s high. As an Irish pilgrim told me, “When the body is tired, the mind feels good.”

Lescar Rainbow

My First Night on the Camino

The first pilgrim I met on the Camino was an older man who’d walked years before.  I think.  He only spoke French, and I only spoke English; nevertheless, we talked for half an hour or so. As a local caretaker of the “hostel,” he’d come to the refuge in Lescar

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