My Camino Route in 2017

My Camino Route in 2017
This year (2017), I will be walking most of the Camino Levante from Albacete to Zamora I've alloted three weeks in September and October, but may have time at the end for more walking.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Only 13 miles from the cathedral in Santiago de Compstela now! Today's walk was only 11 miles. I arrived at noon. I would have liked to walk farther, but the next pension was 7 miles and the next albergue 9 miles. I may start a bit earlier tomorrow to try to be in S de C by 11 am. I am not sure if it will be a relief or a disappointment to finish. Is the pilgrimage the process of doing it or the act of completing it?

There was no fog or wind this morning when I started walking about 8 am. There was a light dusting of frost on some of the farm fields, though. Still, frost, fog, or wind is better than rain!

However, It does look like rain by Tuesday and Wednesday. How will that affect next week's plans? And what are next week's plans? I have not had any guesses yet. Come on!

I tried another albariño wine from the local supermercado this afternoon. It was made by Lembranzas for 4.75 euro. Also very good, but it would be nice to be able to chill it for a while first. Later on we shared a bottle of Campo Viejo tempranillo.

Later: Peter the German from Equador showed up tonight, also the young woman from Scotland, it has been about two weeks in Carrión since I last saw them. And Sean's friend Peter from Australia, who I thought was imaginery, actually does exist. I have seen him a few times on the trail in the past few days. Sean is at least one day ahead in Santiago already. I had dinner with a Canadian couple the past two nights. Thankfully there were always other people there too, but this woman is always bragging about how she's been hiking in Nepal or Peru or wherever. I swore after last night that I would avoid them from now on, but she is very insistent on joining in every group. Hopefully I can avoid them in Santiago.


  1. Well, John, you've walked practically to the end of the earth by now, might as well finish the journey. My guess is that you'll continue to pace back and forth in Spain until Kathy gets there. Debi

  2. John,
    You are really making us guys 60 and over look good.

    My sister's husband's family emigrated from Spain around 1925 and my sister has spent many months visiting Spain over the years. Your walk and posts have helped me appreciate why my sister loves to visit Spain so often.

    So now to your question, where will you go after you arrive at your destination of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compstela?

    A destination in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Return of the King", The Two Towers" and "The Fellowship of the Ring" Trilogy comes to mind: middle earth, only further.


  3. Middle Earth, End of the earth. Which One?