Yesterday, Tim and I walked into Santiago de Compostela, Spain. We walked from Pamplona, roughly 450 miles (750k). To be fair, Tim walked every step of the way. I had a couple taxi rides and took one bus. So, I probably walked 400 miles. It took 37 days, which included 2 full days off for each of us. There was lots of rain, wind and cold–much more than I’d expected. It was the coldest, wettest spring for decades. Can I pick ’em, or what?
Sunny but cold for our first day. Partly cloudy skies and temps from 34-48F with lots of wind. As long as you kept moving it was good hiking, but as soon as you stop, put on a jacket! We did roughly 17 Kim’s today and we all feel it tonight.
Packing again! Tomorrow I head to Pamplona by train. My 3 friends and I will begin the Camino on Friday, April Fools Day (appropriate, no?). It’s roughly 500 miles, but we sleep in hostels each night and can eat at restaurants much of the way. And there’s lots of red wine and ham sandwiches!
Unfortunately, I’ll have to go to Madrid this week. I need to get a work visa at the Russian Embassy. Tried to set an appointment but the offices are closed for Holy Week. Who said they were godless commies?