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Camino de Santiago

Day 1 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles
1 year ago

Day 1 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles

Over the previous evening, my fellow pilgrims had discussed the merits of preparing thoroughly and easing into the first morning of a trail; it’s a marathon, not a race. We …
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Day 2 – Roncesvalles to Larrasoaña
1 year ago

Day 2 – Roncesvalles to Larrasoaña

Life as a solo long-distance hiker can be isolating. Lengthy stretches of time walking in solitude can detach you from the outside world. However, after just 36 hours on the …
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Day 3 – Larrasoaña to Pamplona
1 year ago

Day 3 – Larrasoaña to Pamplona

Beginning a long-distance trail as a solo hiker can be daunting—you never know what, or who, you will bump into. However, Camino Francés is built a little differently. With a …
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Day 4 – Pamplona to Obanos
1 year ago

Day 4 – Pamplona to Obanos

Long-distance hikers like envisioning their upcoming trails. The mere thought of mountains, forests, farmland or seaside scenery is enough to inflame the senses; the Camino Francés has more uplifting material …
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Day 5 – Obanos to Estella
1 year ago

Day 5 – Obanos to Estella

By the time I began walking the Camino Francés, I had travelled for 7 gloriously adventurous months; I’d snowboarded Åre’s mountains in Sweden, crossed the US on a continental train …
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Day 6 – Estella to Los Arcos
1 year ago

Day 6 – Estella to Los Arcos

Many pilgrims begin their Camino in search of enlightenment, and it’s easy to see why—the ancient road to Santiago is entwined with sacred history, celebrated artifacts and uplifting natural beauty. …
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Day 7 – Los Arcos to Logroño
1 year ago

Day 7 – Los Arcos to Logroño

A long-distance adventure requires certain basics to be done right; hikers must be in shape, pack smart, have an itinerary in mind and notify others of your plans, just to name …
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Day 8 – Logroño to Nájera
1 year ago

Day 8 – Logroño to Nájera

The repetitive nature of long-distance hiking can disrupt the mental stability of even the most level-headed trekker – left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot; the routine will question …
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Day 9 – Nájera to Grañón
1 year ago

Day 9 – Nájera to Grañón

Before commencing my Camino, I approached long-distance hiking as a generally isolated exercise. My solo hike along South Australia’s Heysen Trail taught me that uninterrupted periods locked in my own head …
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Day 10 – Grañón to Belorado
1 year ago

Day 10 – Grañón to Belorado

I’d seen more wheat fields in the last week than I had in the previous 30 years of living in and around South Australia’s agricultural hub of the Barossa Valley. …
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