El Camino

After watching The Way, I decided to walk El Camino across Spain. Walking this distance in a foreign country needs training and planning. Due to current life commitments, I won’t be able to take the journey for about four years (say September 2021). On the bright side, this will give me time to work on my Spanish.

While I’m waiting, I’ve decided to do the walk in spirit here in Nova Scotia. I began walking in early May as a way to get fit. I walk at least three times a week, completing a minimum of five to six kilometres each time. What I’m going to do is add up these kilometres each week and see how far it takes me on El Camino.

But what is the distance of El Camino and how long would it take if I really was there?

From the web: “Welcome to El Camino that leads from the foothills of the Pyrenees in France to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia – a distance of 791 km (490 miles).”

But I want to go right to the end of the world in the Pagan tradition and see the Atlantic Ocean, so I will journey to Fisterra, adding an extra 89 km to my trip. That brings the total to 880 km.

The hike would take 35 to 40 days, walking on average 23 to 27 kilometres (14 to 16 miles) per day.

I started tracking the kilometres I walk on July 3, 2017. I’ll post a weekly update (Monday mornings) below of how far I’ve walked and where on El Camino I will be figuratively.

I’m using Santiago’s Road Planner to help me track where I am on the trail.

How far have I walked as of August 13th?

  • Walked this week: 38 km
  • Total Walked: 163 km
  • El Camino: 880 km
  • Remaining Distance: 717 km

Where am I?

I am less than 2 kilometres from entering Logroño. (Images courtesy of Google Map)

Crosswalk in Logroño.

Trail alongside highway.

How far have I walked as of July 30th?

  • Walked this week: 30 km
  • Total Walked: 125 km
  • El Camino: 880 km
  • Remaining Distance: 755

Where am I?

I am in Villamayor de Monjardín. The first picture is of the Moorish Fountain. The second is a few minutes down the dirt path after walking through vineyards. A vineyard is to the right. Beautiful scenery. (Images courtesy of Google Map)

Moorish Fountain, Villamayor de Monjardín, Spain

Villamayor de Monjardín, Spain, vineyard

How far have I walked as of July 23rd?

  • Walked this week: 40 km
  • Total Walked: 95 km
  • El Camino: 880 km
  • Remaining Distance: 785

Where am I?

I just left Puente la Reina, and I am on my way to Mañeru. (image courtesy of Google Earth)

According to Wikipedia regarding Mañeru: “Queen Muniadona, wife of King Sancho III was the queen who gave her name to the town. She built the six-arched bridge over the Río Arga for the use of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino de Santiago.”

This bridge is located in Puente la Reina.

Puente la Reina Bridge El Camino
The famous Puente la Reina Bridge on El Camino.
The famous Puente la Reina Bridge on El Camino.
Walking past the famous Puente la Reina Bridge on El Camino.

How far have I walked as of July 16th?

  • Total Walked: 55 km
  • El Camino: 880 km
  • Remaining Distance: 864

Where am I?

I just left Larrasoaña, Spain, and I am on my way to Zuriain. (images courtesy of Google Earth)

Larrasoaña, Spain, El Camino
Larrasoaña, Spain, along El Camino.
Larrasoaña, Spain
If I follow that trail to the left to tour Larrasoaña or find a place to sleep for the night, I’d find myself on this street.
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