- Bill Passman
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Left about 6:30 again and it is always beautiful walking for about 30 minutes with mostly moonlight and ocasional flashlight to make sure I am on the right trail. The paths are really well marked and "almost" impossible to get lost. The locals are always willing to help if you need it. I arrived at my destination around 1:30 pm today and found a nice hostel BUT sit outside for a few minutes deliberating on whether to walk a couple extra miles. It was cloudy but there was chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Decided it was enough, checked in and showered, then watched the torrential downpour outside. Hot shower, cold beer and being dry outweigh soaking wet anytime. Did I mention the cold beer is only $1 always. Figured out a few days ago that really good wine at $3 a bottle was not a good thing for someone hiking a lot.