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.