Detour Ahead

Friday, April 5 2016. St Jean Pied de Port, France TRAVEL UPDATE: By now we expected to be hiking the Napoleonic route out of St Jean to Santiago de Compostela. It’s a 25 km route with a climb of almost 1400 meters over the Pyrenees into Spain. It’s the most strenuous part of the Camino […]

Are You Teenagers?

I was standing in line at the Starbucks in our former neighborhood talking to a barista friend, and explainIng that Laurie and I were kicking off our retired life with a hike across Spain. The young mom next to me asked, “Are you teenagers?” Of course, my grey hair proves I’m not, but it is […]

Willing to be Weird

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” – Vince Lombardi To do something unique or daring sometimes requires being labeled—weird. That’s certainly happened to Laurie and I in our preparations to hike the Camino de Santiago across Spain. We’re big believers in trying to replicate real conditions during training. That means wearing […]

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