Happy New Year

This blog has been in slumber mode for several months, but is now awakening. Robin and I will be heading off to Spain on Monday to walk part of the Via de la Plata (Seville to Salamanca). Prior to that we will be taking a short swing through southern Spain. Our plan is to visit Valencia, Almería, Granada (and some friends up in the Sierra Nevada area), Córdoba, Cadiz, and finally Seville where we will begin the VdlP.

We have been on the Camino every year since December 2010, and, in truth, it just gets better. Yes, we are feeling a few new aches and pains with each passing year, but so far (and thank God) nothing has been a show stopper. We are not opposed to modifying what would otherwise be 30-40 km stages to something around 20 kms. Our goal is to enjoy each walk we do. We can not control the weather so we just accept what comes. But, when it comes to walking we can and do set reasonable goals and a pace that won’t cripple us. We choose not to be grim pilgrims slavishly pounding out the kilometers, but rather to embrace a more joyful and measured approach that is in keeping with my thinning, grey hair and sagging skin. I know not a pretty picture but it is what it is. I remain very thankful that this aging body is still able to answer the call to the Camino. Hopefully, Robin and I still have some additional walks in our future, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. So, now to the task at hand, our VdlP. I can’t imagine a better way to usher in the New Year than walking a Camino, so stay tuned and we shall see how this all works out.

Wishing everyone a healthy and peaceful new year.

Order awaits.

7 thoughts on “Happy New Year”

  1. Happy New Year John & Robin~ Happy trails & traveling mercies as always my prayer for you~ Buen Camino~Carol t

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  2. Buen Camino. This is a perfect winter camino. I walked in early March from Seville to Salamanca. Very remote, many cattle and pig farms, Roman history and architecture, lots of ballota ham, some long unpopulated stretches. I stayed mainly in pilgrim hostels where the few pilgrims stayed, but there are some touristy towns with more private accomodations.
    I’m heading to Via Francigena South from Rome next week. Walking along ancient Via Appia villages.
    Buen Camino

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  3. Great news. We look forward to following you again.

    Our London Pilgrim group supports the Albergue Parrochial de Monesterio in Monesterio, several days north of Seville. Stop in and/or stay and say hi to Father Miguel Angel who started this Albergue a number of years ago. Happy New Year to him from the London Canada Pilgrims.

    All the best for a safe and rewarding Camino. Dayton and Karen

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  4. I wish you a Buen Camino and a Próspero año nuevo! I am looking forward as always to following along on your journey. The Via de la Plata is a beautiful walk.

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