Category Archives: France

Change of plans


We arrived in St. Jean Pied de Port today after staying in Bayonne, France last night.

We received our Camino passports, finished the little odds and ends we had to do and we are ready to roll on out of here.

The first day will be the hardest for many reasons but it will actually be the greatest elevation change.

We will climb 1200 meters (4000′) in elevation – over the Pyrenees from France to Spain – 27.4 km.

See ya in Roncesvalles, Spain!

On our way


Today we left Salamanca heading towards our starting point for walking the Camino. We are now in Burgos, Spain.

Talk about shedding all worldly possessions.

We left on our trip May 1st with “carry on” backpacks. We are used to traveling “light” but today we embark with “light” minus, minus.

My pack (Bill’s is mostly the same minus the skirt) – skirt, leggings, nylon yoga pants, 2 tank tops, 2 t-shirts, 2 long sleeved shirts, a down shirt, flip flops (for the scuzzy showers) and a pair of Merrill barefoot sneakers. Toothbrush and hair goop – silk sleeping sack to keep those nasty bed bugs away from my skin and a hat. No make up!!

Sounds like a lot when I write it down but it all fits in a backpack the size if a kids school sack. Weight – 10 pounds.

Oh… and this is it for 42 days!!!

The walk starts Friday…