Camino Audit #8 – My Top 10 photos

Here are my top 10 favourite shots.

They don’t necessarily tell the story of the Camino, but they are images that sing to me.

Following these shots, are a further 10 that I like…






Hay Bales 2






And here are a further 10 shots that I like –













I’m only going to do two more “audits,” – one about Walking with PGS, and the other about why I walked the Camino. Then that’s it for this blog.

(Until the next Camino!)


16 thoughts on “Camino Audit #8 – My Top 10 photos

  1. Hello Bill
    Its been great reading your “audits” and thank you for the heads up that they will soon end. This is the first blog I have ever followed so closely….and am amazed at the effect it has had on me.

    When I did my baby Camino….I made the mistake of finishing it then flying off to the next destination before heading back down under. There is a pressure when I travel to the other side of the world to fit in as much as I can…because its not like I can just pop back at the drop of a hat.

    Your audits are a timely reminder for me…to not be in such a hurry to go back to a “full steam” ahead journey after I finish my next Camino. I will allow for time to de-compress, to savour, to reflect.

    Your audits have allowed me to come to the end of your journey with you..I feel like I am rolling to a gentle stop. I will (as will many others) miss you writings, your humour (I was just remembering the snail (teehehehee), your eye for beauty. But your learning’s for me will remain

    One final question……I would love to keep in contact for when you embark on your film….is there a way to do that…..will it be through here?

    Big BIG HUG!!!!!



    • Dear Abbey,

      Thank you. The audits have served two functions for me – yes, to come to a gentle rolling stop, as you so beautifully put it, by also to help me go through a personal “debrief” after the enormity of the experience of walking the Camino.

      I know of some people who got to Santiago one day, then the next day they had to fly back home to another country to start work immediately! That would spin me out.

      I’ve had to spend this time to truly reflect on what happened, and why.

      I’ll keep this blog open and will put up a Contact page, so that’s the best way to stay in touch!

      Thank you for being such a loyal and passionate follower!



  2. Bill,
    if I can get ten or twenty pics as good as that I’ll be happy – a mate and I are starting the C-frances in early September and maybe next year I’ll go back with Maurene to walk the Alpujaras in the Sierra Nevada ..that can also be a spot to start another Camino up to Santiago .. but may be that might be a bit far for you?? whaddya reckon .. I’ll keep a weather eye out for your last blog and talk later. Well done and all the best. Terry McEwen


    • Thanks Terry –

      I think I’m going to need to get a specialist to have a look at my knee before I consider any more Caminos!

      Thanks for the compliment on the pics!



  3. A lot of those were my favourite too Bill. I like the hay ones. They form patterns.


  4. From the very start we have enjoyed reading your journey and too the photos and learnt lots of your incredible experience – we are in our 70s and from Brisbane and will start our walk from Le Puy, Fr. in Sept this year, only doing the first 200 klm and hope to take up the Spanish challenge next year- god willing. You are a great inspiration to us . Thankyou.
    Allin and Lyn


    • Dear Lyn and Allin,

      Starting in le Puy will be wonderful. And what an extraordinary couple you must be, to do this in your 70s. You are an inspiration to ME!



  5. Bill. As you already know, I have so enjoyed your blog all along the way and grateful that you are following mine. I appreciated your reinforcing that the hardest day was done, but that was before you realized that it snowed today. We cut it short about half way today as we were just cold and wet, and we do not have a schedule. Could have made it, but decided it made sense to stop and dry out. Add “no snow” to things you are grateful for. 🙂


      • I did not remember seeing that it snowed in mid May in the guide book. Must have missed that. We needed a challenge. The Camino provided. Jill has great low top trekking sneakers and she might as well have been barefooted, and all of our rain gear makes us sweat inside, so we are as wet inside as outside. I had to borrow a couple of long sleeved shirts from out host as virtually all mine were wet. Discretion being the better part of valor and nothing to prove, we stopped. Nice little Public refugio in Viskarret, about halfway to Larrasoana. Who knows where tomorrow night. All depends on weather. Buen Camino???? Humbug Ha, Ha. Something to look forward to.


  6. Since I’m home in Texas with Mom and Steve’s dog, Bubbie, my Camino comes via your blog and now Steve’s and Jill’s. I know how helpful you were to Steve and I’ve so enjoyed reading about your trek. The audits make great summaries for me to pull it all together. Mom (96) really liked the one that compiled so many of your fellow travelers from all over the world. What a great composite of interesting people. Thank you and may your experience stay with you and bless you all your days.


  7. Hi again Bill
    Must have been hard to pick best 10. Of these, I like the red jumper shot and the washed out scene best. But many many others are good too.
    Interesting how your blog has touched so many other people. Must make you feel it’s been worth it on all counts. My son and hubbie plan to do the Camino one day, but not me. I have a bung knee 🙂
    However, I really have embraced your PGS ( nearly wrote GPS 🙂 – different form of navigation completely!!!). Your journey and blog almost corresponded to the day with my mother in law’s journey into the next world. I read your posts each day, aloud, to my hubbie as he got ready for work or made my morning coffee. We followed his mother’s rapid decline at the same time. From the time she was diagnosed with cancer, it only took 5 weeks. She died last Tuesday evening, and he and his sister were by his side. Not by happenstance, but because his or her PGS wanted it that way, I’m sure. It was a good and peaceful death, if one can say such a thing. She was 85 and surrounded by her family for the last few days.
    Every journey teaches us something. We just have to be open to it.
    Thanks again.


    • Dear Wendy, thanks for letting me know about the passing of your mother in law. And strange that it should correspond so closely to my 31 days on the Camino.

      It sounds like it was as good a passing as could be hoped for under the circumstances – with the family by her side. But a parent leaving this world always has longer term resonances to those close, particularly the children.

      My thoughts and sympathies are with you and your husband.

      As for picking the photos, yes it was hard – although there are only about 4-5 I REALLY like, and it wasn’t hard picking them, it was though difficult choosing the others.

      Thanks also for your comments on PGS – it helps guide me each day.

      I do though have to trust it – that’s the hard part sometimes!



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