A wee walk


On October the 8th, I’m catching a plane to Bilbao in Northern Spain.

I love to travel, particularly to places where I can find good food and wine. This trip is a little different. I’m going for a walk. No. Really. I am.

I am walking with one of my oldest friends, conveniently named Stuart. There is a school of thought that Stuart and I are both results of some kind of botched cloning experiment. Close your eyes and it can be difficult to tell which of us is speaking.

As we both embark upon our mid-life crises, Stuart ventured “Shall we walk the camino?”.

“Absolutely. I’ll have one, if your having one.”

I fully expected to embark on an eccentric ritual method of drinking wine.

“No. Seriously. El Camino de Santiago. Have a think about it.”

I got googling.

The Camino is a pilgrimage. One that has been around for centuries. It is believed that the bodily remains of St James (an apostle) are interred at Santiago de Compostela, in north-western Spain. Pilgrims walk to Santiago by many different routes, but perhaps the most well-trodden is the Camino Francés – the French Way. The walk starts from St Jean Pied de Port in the Pays Basque region of France, crosses the Pyrenees and then meanders across Northern Spain to Santiago.

A tidy little walk of 500 miles or so.

Yes. 500 miles.

To date, my mid-life crisis had been evidenced by buying a two-seater sports car. Now I was agreeing to walk 500 miles (cue Scottish folk band).

I have thought about setting up a separate blog for the walk, but decided against it. I will post about it here. (Categorised as Camino)

What on earth have I got myself into?


8 thoughts on “A wee walk

  • Reply Hesger 15th July 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Do you we’d someone to carry your wine cooler?

    • Reply Stuart 15th July 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Making enquiries for Porters…

  • Reply Paul 15th July 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Not sure “down to the pub” will be sufficient training.

    • Reply Stuart 15th July 2016 at 8:32 pm

      I think that you may be right Paul. I have taken to doing some proper training, which I hope will give me a fighting chance!

  • Reply Stuart Vertigo Smith 21st July 2016 at 10:52 am

    Given that there will be bridges and heights (of which you know I am terrified), I feel that our pace will be measured, interspersed with moments of inactivity brought on by genuine terror – can’t wait

    • Reply Stuart 21st July 2016 at 8:28 pm

      SS – Bridges are few and far between my friend. I daresay we will manage!

  • Reply Eating Food - Stuart LennonStuart Lennon 10th August 2016 at 12:29 pm

    […] Another conclusion was that moving was far better than not moving. Walking is a big part of that – and I am doing lots of it – as you may have read here.  […]

  • Reply Writing - Stuart LennonStuart Lennon 24th August 2016 at 5:11 pm

    […] not toiling away at the book, I have been preparing for my wee walk which is a scant six weeks away now. Stu and I are, in turns, terrified and excited. How bad could […]

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