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Planning for the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

View Deb's Camino de Santiago de Compostela on Deb Godley's travel map.

I first learned about the Camino to Santiago de Compostela in 2010 when a fellow cyclist on a weeklong cycling tour talked about her recent adventure. Ironically, the cycling route was about 800 km. After hearing about her Camino, I knew that I wanted to walk this 800 km pilgrimage.

On July 27th, I will embark on a trip that has been in the planning stages for more than five years. During those years, I saved vacation weeks, bought and tested gear, planned routes, read untold number of blogs and websites, talked to others who had completed the trip and socialized my managers and directors to the idea that I would need seven weeks vacation in 2016 (that was the part I expected to be the most difficult, but it turned out well).

When I first started counting down, there were 1768 days to go (4.86 years) and it seemed that it would never arrive, but it has flown by as time does and in 28 days, I'll catch an overnight flight to Paris and then a train to Bayonne, France. I was excited to learn that the Fêtes de Bayonne, one of the largest festivals in the area, will be ongoing while I'm there and I plan to don my white shirt and red neck-buff and take to the streets to see the festivities.

The next morning, after a short train ride, I'll arrive in Saint Jean Pied de Port, or SJPP, to the countless peregrinos, or pilgrims that have started their Camino from this point. In 2015, over 171,000 pilgrims chose to walk and finished the Camino Frances, and of these, just over 31,000 started in SJPP. Although I am going on my own, I expect the trails to be busy and that I will make new friends along the way.

As promised, I will send Steve pictures and comments via email and he will post them here over the 5 weeks I’ll be walking. I’ll post once or twice more before I leave just to test out the site and make sure it all works according to plan.

I'm looking forward to the trip and hope you all enjoy my pictures and thoughts along the way. Buen Camino.

Posted by Deb Godley 17:33 Archived in Spain

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