I think I have to accept that I’m a camino addict; certainly walking has become my passion!
This year I plan to walk Madrid to Santiago but September was just too far away so I squeezed in a quick week on the Ingles. Not satisfied with that, I decided I would start a little walking group at home (https://walkingbuddies.home.blog/) and as expected there are a lot of happy hikers in SW France! I’ve planned a few walks and I’m looking forward to spending a few hours in the company of like minded folk.
You’d think that would be enough? mmm…
I was asked if I would arrange a ‘mini-camino’… just a few days for folks to find out what it’s all about. So, glutton for punishment that I am, I’ve arranged a week on the Camino Frances for 6, in the first week of September! I’m going to call it training for the Madrid!
It’s only a tentative plan at the moment but I have booked accommodation. I decided Pamplona to Logrono was a good section. It offers beauty and history, some important landmarks and a mix of terrain and both cities are easy to travel to and from. If my little group do decide they’d like to walk more, they can return and still have the excitement of starting in St Jean.
And me… well if I have the time I might as well bolt on a few extra days at the start and walk to Pamplona. Gerry will walk St Jean to Roncesvalles but leave me there whilst I walk on to meet my group. We’ll definitely call that weekend training for the walk into Segovia!
And if that’s not enough I’m already planning for 2020 and I really need to do my hospitalero training so that I can help out and I’d like to be able to volunteer at the Pilgrim’s office.
I don’t think my passion is going to dampen down for a while!? Am I alone? Are there other seriously addicted pilgrims out there?