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Our “Virtual” Camino, 2021

We’re off again! Dave and I have become such Camino addicts over the last five years, that doing even a “virtual” Camino fills us with excitement that’s hard to contain. For fun and a little extra motivation to get out there and walk during and in spite of the pandemic, we registered for the “Camino for Good,” a virtual 780 km walk along the ancient Camino Frances pilgrimage route from St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. As if once wasn’t enough, we pressed ‘RESET’ and did it a second time.

About Our Virtual Camino: Our Virtual Camino
Stay-at-Home COVID Camino: Part 1 – St. Jean Pied de Port to Burgos
Stay-at-Home COVID Camino: Part 2 – Burgos to Leon
Stay-at-Home COVID Camino: Part 3 – Leon to Santiago de Compostela

Can’t Stop Walking #1 – St. Jean Pied de Port to Burgos
Can’t Stop Walking #2 – Burgos to Leon
Can’t Stop Walking #3 – Leon to Santiago de Compostela

Three Caminos in One, 2019

Many Camino routes end up in Santiago de Compostela. Which one shall we walk? After months of indecision, which included whether Dave would come at all, we finally came up with a plan.

This second Camino was a mix of three different Caminos, solo along sections of the Camino Frances (Judy for sixteen days) and Camino del Norte (Dave for two days). Together we continued along the Camino del Norte for four more days, took three days “off” the Camino as we made our way to Oviedo by bus, stopping in Guernika and Bilbao. We then took nineteen days to walk all of the Camino Primitivo. Daily posts began on April 18, 2019. Here is our second journey.

Our 2015 Camino Frances Journey

Dave and I first walked the Camino Frances together in autumn of 2015. We left St. Jean Pied de Port in southern France on my 70th birthday, September 10th. What a way to celebrate a new decade! We arrived in Santiago de Compostela fifty days later on October 29th, walking approximately 16 km per day with the shortest day being about 8 km and the longest, 32 km. No blisters, just lots of good memories and pictures. To read about our experience, visit The Camino Françes, Fall 2015 blog.

Orisson – Camino Frances
Puente de Arres – Camino Frances
Pamplona – Camino Frances
Pamplona – Camino Frances
Puente la Reina to Estella – Camino Frances
Monjardin to Los Arcos – Camino Frances
Granon – Camino Frances
Burgos – Camino Frances