19 thoughts on “Day 26 – Coming up

  1. Good luck, Bill! I fly out of Phoenix, AZ in the USA tomorrow at 5:25 a.m. I hope to start my Camino from SJPP on Wednesday. I have been anxiously awaiting your daily blogs. I love your writing style and your photography. Thanks for sharing with us. Julie

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  2. Ultreia Bill! You can do it!!! You just have to hang on to that invisible rope that pulls you up.
    Debbie

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  3. Hi Bill, hope the climb went well. I’m one of the dozens of “unknowns” reading your blog, no doubt for a huge variety of reasons. A dear friend of mine, Maggie, is walking your route with her daughter, Ella, just a few days behind you. I spent a couple of months doing training walks with her in the wonderful mountains of Andalucia, where I live during winters in northern Europe. I read your blog each evening to get a couple of days warning of what is going to hit Maggie next! She is also writing a blog, which although very different from yours leaves the reader in no doubt that the two of you are writing of the same experiences (accepting that nobody experiences anything in exactly the same way, of course). I thought it might be interesting for the readers of this blog to also take a look at Maggies’s blog: http://magwood.wordpress.com. It deals with a lot of the practicalities involved, particularly from a woman’s viewpoint, and may help others about to embark on the same adventure. I apologize if diverting readers to another blog is not the done thing. I’m sure you can delete me with a touch of the backspace. By the way, I’m married to a professional photographer of some renown and although we’re awfully critical, we do appreciate your photos. Buen Camino!

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    • My blog doesn’t deal with practicalities – so a divert to one that does is no problem. Mine deals with crazy stuff.

      Thanks for the comp on the pics. Apart from being a film director, I’m also a Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers, and an Adjunct Professor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology.

      I’m pleased you both appreciate my work.

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  4. Bill, I thoroughly enjoy your blog and look forward to reading it each morning. I’m sure I speak for many when I say I am walking vicariously with you: I feel your frustration, your pain, your exhilaration and your sense of wonder. I laugh at your foibles, and admire your images. Both photographic and literary.
    You engage with us who may never walk the Camino, as well as those who have or will. For that I thank you. Good luck with your walk to O Cerbeiro.

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    • Thank you Bob – so sweet of you to say this!

      It pleases me enormously that you, and others, are getting something from it.

      Bill

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  5. Nancy and I leave for Spain from Denver, CO on May 13. We start walking from Burgos with our daughter on May 17. From that point forward we will be open to what the Camino provides in terms of where and when we stay each night. We have been so moved and inspired by your generosity of spirit sharing your thoughtful insights, laugh out loud humor, and beautiful photography. Your good friends back home are lucky to have you as a “best Mate.” We wish you all the best on your daunting hike today to O Cebreiro. No one can pull out the “pussy” card on you, Mate! – Joe

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  6. Bill, you are in Galicia now, my favorite part. Please consider detouring to Samos, the walk along the road is a bit crazy, but Samos is the reward. I spend 2 days resting. Not suggesting you do. Just want to point you to a small river walk on opposite side from the Monastery. It is called Paseo do Malecon, it will lead you the back way to the little capela do Cipres, from the 9th/10th century and you also will walk among ancient Cipres Trees…. magic! I did not stay in the monastery, I needed alone time. Across the monastery is a great little bar with good wifi connections. Staying for prayers or mass is special, everything is done in Gregorian Chant. The church itself is beautiful and different with the pillars of medicos, and the museum of the abbey worthwhile spending the entry for. Unfortunately, one can only wander inside the museum/abbey with a guided tour (at least that was the case last October). I am looking forward to your next entry about your O’Cebreiro walk.

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    • Hi Ingrid, thanks for the tip on Samos. Had already made up my mind to go there, actually. The monastery looks amazing. And even though I’m not Catholic, I think I’ll go to the mass.

      Thanks, Bill

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  7. Bill, I started following you late, but have gone back to read all your posts. I particularly enjoyed the post about the new pilgrims joining the Camino a few days ago… A year from now, I’ll be that pilgrim. I don’t have the time to do more because of work. That will be enough of a challenge for me! But your honest comments were enlightening and I hope, in a year from now, that I am aware of the folks around me who have walked longer, farther than I. My pilgrimage began 3 months ago, when I decided to commit. Every training walk I do, every yoga session I attend, is my journey.

    I hope you have a wonderful trek up O Cebreiro! A friend just arrived in Santiago, and is on his way to Finisterre! So excited for him! And for you. Thanks for your beautiful blog. I’m a fan!!

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    • Hi Kennedy, you’re absolutely right when you say your pilgrimage has already started.

      It gets into your blood, doesn’t it.

      Thank you for your well wishes, and good luck with your preparations!

      Bill

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