I’m making my way to Shikoku island, Japan for the first leg of a 1200k trek of 88 temples looping the island. Wish me endurance, good health, and grace in my practice of love, compassion, and kindness. Ganbatte!
Irún to Santiago de Compostela
I’m thrilled to announce my upcoming spring travel adventure thru-hiking the 825 kilometers of Camino del Norte. This is my last year working and living in Europe, so I’m anxious to get in as much Camino as possible. I know I’ll return many times, but it won’t be as easy as it is this year. The flight from Frankfurt to San Sebastian is less than 5 hours and very inexpensive. I’ve got to going while the going is easy.
Hugging the coastline of Northern Spain, Norte begins in Irun, just south of the French border, and cuts through the Basque country, Cantabria, Asturias, and Galicia. While I dearly love the Camino Frances, the Norte lures me in with her promise of fewer hikers, seafood suppers, beaches, and fantastic coastal views. I can already feel my toes in the sand and surf after a tough day on the trail. Unfortunately, the trade-off is RAIN! I’m expecting a rather soggy experience.
I suspect navigating will be more challenging, as the waymarking isn’t as plentiful. I’ll also be without my favorite Brierly guide, as one isn’t created for this area. So, it’s back to old-fashioned map and compass! It will be like old times, old Army times.
I’ll try to keep you posted on my journey.
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