11th Day: Belorado to Ages

Yesterday the group of ten, all stayed overnight at the private albergue El Carminante because the Municipal Refugio is closed during the winter until April 1st. The private hostel exceeded expectations. We ate dinner for 10 euros that included a seafood Paella,...

10th Day: Santo Damingo to Belorado

Last night Ivano and Pierre Luigi made dinner for a group of 10 us. As you may have guessed by their names, they are italian. Earlier in the evening Ivano had a run in with a rather tall, angry Austrian man. Everyone was assigned a bed during check in, however one...

9th Day: Najera to Santo Domingo

Yesterday, I was in a foul mood for a combination of reasons. The weather had made its way inside of my rain-proof jacket and had infected my phone with a case of rain herpes. Whenever I turn it on, you can see little, round wet spots on the back of the display and...

8th Day: Logrono to Najera

The weight of the Camino is wearing on me. The rain beat down harder than yesterday and by the 13th kilometer, I was soaked. My boots were each at least a half pound heavier than normal. I have so much to write about today, but I have not the power or inclination to...

7th Day: Los Arcos to Logrono

Yesterday, Albert, who in my mind I refer to as the most interesting pilgrim on the Camino, dangled the keys to Casa de la Abuela (Grandmas House in English) in front of me. Albert had a mischievous grin on his face. “Normally you have to be back by 10 pm, but I...

5th Day: Puente la Reina to Estella

I jumped down from the outer Refugio wall into a patch of wet weeds. The sandals I was wearing did little to protect my feet. Since it was dark, I had a hard time seeing where I was going. I heard the sound of water and looked down to see that the earth fell away into...

4th Day: Pamplona to Puente la Reina

The sliver plaques of scallop shells leading pilgrims out of the streets of Pamplona passed underneath my feet every ten meters. I was hiking today to Puente la Reina that was 24k away. Cizur Menor, however, is only a 20-minute hike from the outskirts of Pampleon....

3rd Day: Larrasoana to Pamplona

Two days ago my niece Raleigh Layne Pliskie opened her little eyes to this world. It was a great email to wake up to. It is certainly a different Camino now then it was for the first pilgrims 1,000 years ago. My family is able to keep me updated almost in real time,...
2nd Day: Roncesvalles to Larrasoana

2nd Day: Roncesvalles to Larrasoana

Yesterday evening I rushed to finish last night’s post so I wouldn’t miss dinner. After I burst through the door of the Refugio and asked the Dutch volunteer if I had missed dinner, he laughed and moved his palms up and down in an effort to calm me. He...
Way of St. James Test Run

Way of St. James Test Run

I am leaving for the Way of St. James on Monday. So today I went on a 30 km test hike through Brussels on the hiking trail GR 579. If found anything wrong with the equipment, I could make some last minute adjustments. On a side note, the looks of confusion and...