I couldn’t be more proud of us. As I reported in the last blog, the last 2 weeks of April, my family and I walked over 70 miles from Valenca, Portugal to Santiago, Spain. It was a glorious mix of urban & rural environments, a comfortable selection of accommodations & sustenance, and a fascinating glimpse of the vastness of human nature- all in one little walk.
It’s hard to understand until you do it yourself, but I picked the above picture, to give you a glimpse of the trail. All you have to do is watch for the Camino Markers. Some times there is a choice and then you look to the locals or the others on the trail for guidance. People are incredibly helpful and friendly. There are lots of places to stop for a bathroom and/or a coffee, so a typical day contains of 3 or 4 segments of 3 to 5 mile walks with rest stops in-between. The group tries to stay close, but also to respect each others pace and so there is a constant shifting of relationships to accommodate each person’s needs.
Because I did this once before, I took it upon myself to organize all of the accommodations and the luggage transfer. Everything about this worked out. Porto is a beautiful city to both start and end. If you have the time you can walk from there, but we did not-and for us, starting at Valenca, an old fortress town was magical.
I can’t say enough about the value of the experience. Character building in real time and experience. BUEN CAMINO!!!