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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 6 of Camino de Santiago (Estella to Navarette) 30 Kilometers or 18 miles


Left early at 6:15 am, 30 minutes before 1st light, to avoid as much afternoon heat as possible. Walked until 2:45 pm and no clouds to help with the sun. Since I have no cap, I realized my zip off pants work well as a strange "elephant trunk looking" cap. Hey it works. Lol  problem with internet at hostel so no pics until better internet.

I DID reward myself for 3 amazing hiking days of 95 kilometers by upgrading from a dorm to a private room with shared toilet. Only $8 more. 4 girls in dorm this morning got up at 5 am to get ready. Need 1 good night of sleep.

Day 5 of Camino de Santiago (Esthella to Torres del Rio) 29 km or 18 miles

August 28th

Leave a little earlier this morning (6:30 am). The day was not as hard as anticipated but it was hot at noon with no clouds and 92 degrees. No shade on the path made it a little tougher. Fortunately I kept going with only a few 5 minute breaks and arrived in Torres del Rio about 1:30 pm. My legs have almost adjusted to the rigorous daily workout I have put them through. I hope to settle in around 25 kilometers (15 miles) within the next week and will be able to cruise then. Lol  there are MANY who have done this trek several times. Seems there is something addicting to the hike. Also many, not me unfortunately, have their bags sent to the next hostel. I can't even imagine hiking without this 16 pound backpack tugging on my shoulders. Tugging is actually too kind a word, more like hammering on my shoulders. My backpack is less than most. SOME even take buses to next town after taking a rest day. Just doesn't seem right to me but everyone has their own journey, I guess. 

Day 4 Zariquiegui to Estella (35.5 km or over 21 miles)


Did not plan it but set a new personal best with over 21 miles in about 9 hours. Was going tonquit at 2 pm but clouds appeared and I got got reinvigorated. I have to make up 2 complete days on the Camino to catch my cheap flight and made up 1 day over the past 4. Yeah. Really good day. Will post pics if I don't fall asleep. Hiking straight up tomorrow.

Day 3 of Camino De Santiago. Hiked from Larrasoana to Zariquiegui.

Hiked about 16 miles today and it is getting a little easier but still 7.5 hours walking. Passed through Pamplona but no bulls were running in the streets.