A New Journey Begins – September 2022

A New Journey Begins – September 2022

It feels surreal to think that tomorrow Dave and I will be on a plane heading to Spain. We cancelled plans to walk another Camino twice since 2019 – first because of the pandemic and second because of my health issue that came up last April. Everything is fine now, thank heavens. I am grateful for all the kind thoughts, prayers, and actions by caring friends and family and know they had a lot to do with this positive outcome. 🙏

We hope to make a quick recovery from jet lag and visit the amazing La Sagrada Familia designed by Gaudi in Barcelona before heading off on an eight hour train trip to Leon. Leon is the starting point for the spectacular Camino San Salvador (Way of the Saviour). We are warned not to be fooled by the short distance of this Camino. Although it is just 121 kilometers, the mountainous terrain will physically test most pilgrims. Usually this Camino is divided into five stages, but we will allow an extra two days. Our seniors’ knees and hips will thank us if we manage to arrive in Oviedo in one piece because we’ll still have 307 kilometers to walk on the Camino del Norte from Aviles to Santiago. We’ll leave Leon on September 9th and hope to arrive in Santiago on October 5th.

Here is a link to a collection of beautiful photos taken on our daughter Tania’s Camino San Salvador journey in May, 2016.

Dave and I walked multiple Virtual Caminos after joining the Camino for Good on January 15, 2021. It has been fun and great training. Here’s a little about our Virtual Camino experience. Today we virtually arrived at Cruz de Ferro – actually Pickles’ Bluff in John Dean Provincial Park on Vancouver Island where we live. The rock we placed there is dedicated to our new, real journey.

During the past month Dave and I have packed, unpacked, and repacked countless times. It’s never easy keeping to the rule about carrying no more than 10 percent of your body weight. The addition of water and food will unfortunately but necessarily put us over the 10 percent rule.  Here are the contents of my 30 litre Osprey backpack.


Could WestJet be right when they tell us to arrive at the Victoria International Airport 2.5 hours ahead of time? Yesterday the airport sign displayed a security wait time of 0-5 minutes! Hmmmm… Shall we sleep in a little later or not?

One last thing… According to HostPapa (my web host) my website needs to be optimized to get rid of “faults.” It uses too many resources because of these faults. I am technologically challenged, so the list of things I need to do to fix them is way over my head. I gave up after reading the first two items on a long list. A daily post may not be possible as a result but please stay tuned. Please sign up to receive notifications when a new post is published. When you sign up you will receive an email in your inbox to confirm that you want to subscribe. Click to confirm. Our story will eventually be told either here at our “Through Our Looking Glass” blog or on Facebook. 👣 👣

26 thoughts on “A New Journey Begins – September 2022

  1. I will be thinking of you both on this adventure and wish you all the very best of luck, inspiration, good health and fun adventure. Stay safe.

    1. Thank you so much, Kathryn! On a scale of 0-10 about my level of excitement I’m only 6 and Dave is somewhat higher. I won’t give it a score of 10 because of how much more nervous I am this time. 😳 Hopefully I’ll feel better about it once I’m there.

  2. Have a wonderful trip Judy and Dave. We are looking forward to following along with you. I’m impressed with how little you have managed to take in your pack!! I’ll need to study that.
    Buen Camino
    Toni and Larry

    1. Thank you Toni and Larry,
      Planning on what to take takes as much time as the journey itself! 🤣 I might unpack and repack again this afternoon. Now that we have our boarding passes and have virtually reached Cruz de Ferro, I’ll have lots of time this afternoon to figure out what to leave behind.

    1. No, Kathy. You have to go to the sidebar on the right side of the page if you are looking at this on a tablet or computer. On a phone you scroll down until you see: “SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS WHEN A NEW POST IS PUBLISHED.” It will be great to have you following along on our long-awaited journey.

  3. Safe travels and enjoy this new adventure, Judy and David. We’ll be looking forward to following your blog updates. Buen Camino!

  4. Want to wish you and Dave another excellent experience in Barcelona and during your journey along Camino San Salvador. Look forward to your updates Judy. Safe travels.

    1. Thanks so much, Sue! There’s a mix of nervousness and excitement right now but hopefully it will settle down when all there is to do is walk. 😂

  5. Happy travelling Judy and Dave!!

    We will look forward to once again experiencing another Camino walk ‘virtually’ with you both via your excellent reporting.

    1. Thank you so much, Pat! Once the nervousness subsides it will all be good – another adventure to look forward to. I’m so glad you’ll be following along. 👍 🏃 🏃‍♂️

  6. Luckily, Courage, which I know will accompany you, doesn’t weigh a thing because we all know you and Dave have that in spades! Bon voyage!

  7. Happy travels Judy and Dave,
    I look forward to seeing and hearing about your outstanding adventures on the Camino. You both are truly inspirational. Good luck and wish you pain free travels.

    1. Thank you so much, Marnie! Its a bit hard to believe we are finally going back after such a long wait. I’m sure there will be many stories to share.

  8. So exciting – only one more sleep! I look forward to following along even though we will be on quite a different European adventure soon! Safe travels and enjoy each moment along the way. . .even those uphill climbs! 😉

    1. Gracias, Diane, and buen viaje to you, too! I hope you have an amazing time in two beautiful countries. Our uphill climbs might be easier than the downhill ones. We’ll soon find out. 🤔

  9. Que tengas un buen viaje
    Judy & Dave. You’ve trained well you’ve waited patiently you’ve packed & prepped several times over now it’s time to go & enjoy the journey!
    Look forward to hearing from you along the way!

  10. Aunt Judy and Uncle Dave….May this amazing walk be filled with many blessings and new discoveries! I know you will have many angels that will be walking with you 💜
    “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” Helen Keller

    1. I love that quote, Sharon. Thank you! Just arrived in Barcelona and about to catch up on sleep, hoping to feel normal tomorrow – and more adventurous! 😴

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