Posts Tagged Finisterre
MY CAMINO – the Video (The Camino de Santiago)
[Editor’s Note: I have still not posted fully the entire trip from southern France to Santiago, Spain, but there is now a video slideshow of the trip. The slideshow features just 15% of my 2,000 photographs taken over 30 days on the Camino de Santiago. Accompanied by the music of Steven Curtis Chapman, James Taylor, Alison Krauss and Gordon Lightfoot, the photographs move chronologically until the trip along the Camino ends at the Cathedral de Santiago and at the “end of the earth” at Muxia and Finisterre.]
CLICK ON THE PHOTOGRAPH BELOW TO WATCH
MY CAMINO – THY CAMINO – The Walk Before Us – A Step at a Time on the Camino de Santiago
As I mentioned in my last post, I have failed to blog timely about my trip on the Camino de Santiago. I finished the journey when I arrived in Santiago de Compostela after 29 days of walking and hiking. I rested briefly in Santiago and then visited Muxia and the “end of the earth” at Finisterre. I safely returned to Richmond and am back at work.
In my efforts to discuss the “people, places and things” on the Way (“My Camino” posts”) I only got to Day 12. In my efforts to record my reflections along the Way about life past and life future and the “walk before us,” I also have a disappointing record. My WordPress “dashboard” has a number of unfinished posts about My Camino and Thy Camino. Thank you for your interest in this journey. Even though I have returned, I will be finishing by posting many more blog posts about my time on the Camino. They will continue to use the “My Camino” and the “Thy Camino” titles and themes.
The Race Before Us on the Camino de Santiago
This blog – The Race Before Us – feature posts on running (especially for novice runners), the Christian faith (especially for amateur apologists), and on the intersection between running and faith. For the next six weeks though, this blog is going to walk, not run.
See below – Coach Dan (frequent contributor here) and I will be walking the Camino de Santiago. I will post more frequently here at this site but under the temporary title: “My Camino – Thy Camino.” More on that with the next post.
On April 4 my good friend “Coach Dan” (Blankenship) and I leave Richmond, Virginia for Paris, France. Upon arrival we take a train to southwest France, passing through Bordeaux and stopping in Biarritz. There we catch a more local train to the village of St. Jean Pied de Port at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains, which mountain range generally establishes France’s southern border with Spain.
St. Jean Pied de Port has become the most popular starting point for people to begin the “Camino de Santiago” – a 500-mile walk to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. It recalls the route that hundreds of thousands of Christians took in the middle ages (and since) as a pilgrimage to the great cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. More specifically, this route is called the “Camino Frances” because it is the route that people coming from France and northern Europe would have used to reach Santiago. In that sense, St. Jean Pied de Port is the gateway (or the “port”) to Spain.
After an evening in St. Jean Pied de Port we will throw a 20-pound pack on our backs and start climbing over the Pyrenees and into Spain. Then for 30 days we will walk 15 to 20 miles a day heading for Santiago (and ultimately to the “end of the earth,” which is a three-day additional hike to Finisterre on the Atlantic Ocean.)
Come along as we walk through fields and vineyards, as we climb a few mountains and many hills, as we pass through tiny villages and some bigger cities, as we sample wine in Rioja and see where the bulls run in Pamplona, as we enjoy the journey and struggle with a foreign language, and as we become pilgrims or “peregrines” on the road to find out.