The Written Map – Town by Town, Day by Day – The First Fifteen Days

Okay, some of you have wanted to follow with maps, so here is my day-by-day travel, with no real details but for the mileage/km. on my pedometer.  But if you are a map-hound, here you go.  And if not, you can skip this.  No photos here.

(By the way, when I said I had walked 252 km, I lied.  Turns out it was 292!! And now it’s 304 km. Approximately 190 miles. So good on me . . . though that doesn’t seem like much at this point . . . ).

Pre-Camino travel days – Denver – Reykjavik-Paris-Bordeau-Bayonne-St. Jean Pied-de-Port.

Day 1 – St. Jean Pied-de-Port to Orisson.  10km including the back and forth from Orisson to our Gite Kayola down the hill.

Day 2 – Orisson – Roncesvalles (Roncevaux if you are French).  17.1 km, 24K adjusted for altitude over the Pyrenees (Brierley’s calculations).

Day 3 – Roncesvalles – Burguette – Espinal – Gerendiain/Viskarret -Linzoain – Alto de Erro – Puenta de la Rabia – Zubiri.  22.2km (about 4 km. hitchhike)

Day 4 – Zubiri – Larrasoaña – Akerreta – Zuriain – Parque – Pamploma.  22.1 k (about 5 km. grandfather ride).

Day 5 – Pamploma stay.  About 7 km. round the town.

Day 6 – Pamploma – Cizur Menor – Zariquiegui – Alto del Perdon – Utera – Obanos (by taxi – 4 km.). 19.5 m.

Day 7 – Obanos – Puenta la Reina – Mañeru – Cirauqui -Lorca.  17.2 km.

Day 8 – Lorca – Villatuerta – Estella – Irache (wine fountain) – Azqueta – Villamayor de Monjardin. 18 km.

Day 9 – Villamayor de Monjardin – Los Arcos – Sansol – Torres del Rio.  19.5 km.

Day 10 – Torres del Rio – Logroño –  Navarette.  12 km. from Logroño to Navarette.  Bus from Torres del Rio to Logroño.

Day 11 – Navarette – Ventosa – Najra.  17.4 km.

Day 12 – Najera to Cirueña. 15.11 km.

Day 13 – Cirueña – Santo Domingo de la Calzada.  Comfort Day.  6 km.

Day 14 – Santo Domingo de la Calzada – Grañon – REdecilla del Camino – Castildelgado – Viloria de la Rioja. 15 km.

Day 15 – Viloria de la Rioja – Villamayor del Rio – Belorado – Tosantos – Viillambistia – Espinosa del Camino – Villafraca Montes de Oca. 21 km.

Have I mentioned that I cannot keep up with Brierely’s “days”?  This fifteen days I have traveled only “measures up” to half-way through Brierley’s Day 11.  As two robust Irish women said in Torres del Rio . . . “F&*# Brierley!”

I find his book tremendously useful, let me say.  But they had me laughing in my bunk as they extolled the literary virtues of Brierley’s descriptions, and cursed the things he leaves out . . . like the completely arduous up and down of some of the stages.  They are correct.  But hey, he would have deterred most of us if he had told us how f*%#ing HARD some of the days have been.  And though either they’ve evened out or I have gotten much stronger, there are more of those f*&%ing days to come!  I can see it.  I even sent Neil a new copy of Brierley, so he can follow me more intimately than he ever thought he’d want to do.  Love to you, Neil.

Next  installment at the end of the month.

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About Woodswoman

Writer, educator, psychotherapist, woodswoman. Crave solitude and just walked the Camino de Santiago from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. Long-term partner, Neil. Three grown kids, one traveling the world for a couple of years (see theparallellife.com), and two in other countries . . . Thailand and Texas! One Golden Retrievers and two cats. Avid reader, looking for 10 more hours in each of my days.
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9 Responses to The Written Map – Town by Town, Day by Day – The First Fifteen Days

  1. Patti says:

    keep up the effort…. we are so enjoying the repots with our feet up and a nice glass of wine.. Truely, we applaud you! Hugs and feet rubs to you.. Marc and Patti

  2. Peggy says:

    Good on you indeed. There hasn’t been a day since you left that I haven’t spent some good time thinking about you and your Odyssey with admiration and envy. So few of us have the courage to follow the impulses that we know would serve us well but haven’t quite the courage to start out. I wonder how many of us following this great blog will, perhaps, chase at least dream.

  3. Jerri Chaplin says:

    wow,woman, that is lots of miles.good for you,,my heroine! getting colder in MA.love,jerri

    Sent from my iPad

  4. Jerri Chaplin says:

    that is alot of miles, my friend!MA getting cold.love,jerri

    Sent from my iPad

  5. Kate Duncan says:

    I’m so impressed, Joannah! Love….

  6. ki johnson says:

    Gheeesh, Joannah. Good for youuuuuuu! Rock on! Cheeers, Ki

  7. Ordered Brierly from Amazon so I can follow better…but you will be much further on by the time I get it. Still, I am so captivated by your journey, I feel like I am taking a course on the Camino! You are textbook number one, and Brierly will be my reference guide.

  8. Sue Ferguson says:

    You are amazing, Joannah! I’m a map nut, so thanks for the details – I’m following!!!

  9. Love this! I have a long skinny horizontal map of the Camino Frances, so it’s fun to be able to follow you on that. 🙂 You are AWESOME, Joannah!

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