Sabbatical Pilgrimage

On May 27, 2011, we will lock our front door and set off on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, in northwestern Spain. We'll fly to Paris... Take a high speed train (TGV) to Bayonne, France... Change to a slower train that will take us to St. Jean Pied de Port, in the foothills of the Pyrenees -- where our walk begins. On May 29, Sunday, we will set out on foot for our 500-mile walk across Northern Spain.

The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old pilgrimage trail. We join millions of pilgrims who have walked this path over the years.

Journey with us, as we post pictures and highlights of our adventure.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The finish line is in sight

We are in Rua, a tiny village near Arca, and just 22 kilometers from the Cathedral in Santiago. We expect to arrive in the early afternoon. It will be our 34th day on the Camino. As we washed out our clothes this afternoon we laughed about that daily ritual being one thing we well not miss about this adventure!

The number of pilgrims has increased dramatically, so that at times it feels like we are part of a crowd streaming toward a sports stadium. By afternoon the crowds had thinned out and we enjoyed walking through eucalyptus groves and through tiny farming villages. More cows, no more storks. It has been interesting to see how the types of scenery and architecture and even language have changed as we have moved across Spain.

More tomorrow...

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