Camino de Santiago, September, 2013

The date is set; I will be leaving Arizona in mid-September to begin my second Camino.  I am anxious to begin again on this pilgrimage across Spain.  This time I will begin in Logrono and continue westward to Santiago de Compostela and then onward to Finisterre and Muxia before returning home.

This morning I hiked the Cactus Forest Trail, this trail winds its way through the desert. After 2 miles the trail crosses the Cactus Forest Drive in the Saguaro National Monument and continues for another 2.5 miles inside the looping roadway.  I hiked to the lime kilns historic site about a mile inside the loop and then turned back.  lime kiln site

My solo hike today was 6 miles long.  The average daily hiking distance on Camino I feel comfortable with is 10-12 miles.  I’ve still got a way to go with my training in the next 5 ½ months.

Last year while training I walked the Cactus Forest Drive which is 8 miles long and completely paved.  The road winds around and climbs up and down several steep inclines.  It is a very good training hike for the Camino because of the inclines; I will do this urban hike again several times before September.

I have also been busy this past week with creating some Camino related mosaics on my garden wall. 100_3295

I guess it can be said most of my time these days is consumed with things relating to the Camino.  If I am not hiking, I am preparing for the next Old Pueblo Chapter of APOC meeting or creating a Camino mosaic.

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