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After getting my first passport in 2006 and traveling to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania my life changed. I began the process of getting rid of all my possessions and traveling the world. Traveling to over 70 countries and all 7 continents, hostels have been my home. This "new life" has taught me what is important and it was NOT accumulating money or possessions. Traveling is the best education. I hope my blog will encourage others to travel. My World Tattoo was a way for me to express my PASSION FOR TRAVEL.

Day 11 Camino De Santiago ( Tardajos to Castrojeriz) 30.2 k or 19 miles


Waited almost an hour before leaving today as my ankle was bothering me so planned to hike only 20 kilometers. Yeah, that wasn't gonna happen. Made it to Castrojeriz about 3:15 which is a lot later than I  usually arrive. Guess who ended up with a TOP bunk. Just what you want with sorelegs. Working on my beer and almost fully recovered. Lol see pizza in my future. 

Dedication to BRAD PASSMAN

I have thought about Brad alot on this journey. Personal reflection was my primary reason for undertaking this quest. The Clam Shell represents a hand with fingers exemplyfing the pilgrims helping their fellow man. I can think of no one, other than my father, who did more and asked for less than Brad. The last time I saw him he drove me from Natchez to New Orleans airport in the rain on Christmas morning so I could catch my flight. When we shared an apartment we talked often of him traveling with me. Sadly, when he died his filled out passport application was still on his kitchen table. He loved the outdoors and I am sure he would have loved to walk the Camino De Santiago. He will be with me every step of the way on this journey.

Day 10 Camino De Santiago (Atapuerca to Tajados) 31.2 k or 19 miles

September 2, 2015

Not a pretty hiking day as went through the industrial city of Burgos which took forever. I realize now that I do not take enough breaks as my high ankles are in pain. But 14 hours of rest and I am good again. Supposedly hiking for an then resting 10 minutes is what is recommended. I hiked 7.5 hours today with a 15 minute lunch and another 6 minute rest stop. I feel like Forest Gump when he started running. Lol  guess when I get "tired" I will quit. Hahaha  i needed to get at least 2 days ahead of the 34 day proposed schedule and now I am almost 3 days ahead after 10 days.  The problem is albergues don't open until 1 pm so might as well walk. I can rest next life.

The Clam Shell at the bottom isthe symbol for the Camino De Santiago and represents a hand with fingers showing the help that pilgrims offer ontheir journey.

Day 9 Camino De Santiago (Belorado to little past Burgos) 18 miles

September 1, 2015

30.2 kilometers or 18 miles. Was going to stop at previous town but hostel was still closed so keep walking. Started at 6:25 am and got there about 1:30 pm. I see there are some artist doing the Camino as once again the sunflowers caught my attention. One said no pain, the other no gain. Lol drizzle almost the entire day but better than scorching sun. Weather has dropped dramatically from 80's at night to 40's. Hiking temps now between 50-70. Nice.