2018 - Walking the Camino de Santiago...leaving our troubles behind!
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new". Mike and I are finally on our journey of what we hope to be our NEW and RENEWED life. And the best way to get past the old, which was life as we knew it before the Thomas Fire eight months ago, is to push our bodies and our limits onward and forward. We are very excited to start this new life by walking the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied-de-Port France, up over the Pyrenees and across Spain to Santiago de Compostela. We will then continue on foot to ‘The End of the Earth’ which is the towns of Finisterre and Muxia located on the Western Coast of Spain where we can dip our tired feet into the Atlantic and say “Oh yeah...We did it, WE REALLY DID IT!!”. We are planning about 580 miles (almost 1000km). And along the way, we will each leave a piece of our past - the ashes and a front door key from our Ventura home signifying that we have truly left our troubles behind! The past eight months have been interesting with a combination of good times and not so good times. Life has been much different than we could have ever imagined. But Mike and I have made the most of teeny tiny house living in our 27’ Airstream ‘Greta the Globetrotter’. We’ve learned that it’s okay to be ‘homeless’ as we really do have a roof over our head, just not a conventional house. We enjoy and have fun saying we are ‘Trailer Trash’, all in jest of course. Mike and I embrace the "living SMALL so we can dream and play BIG"! Living in an Airstream has also allowed us to easily plan for this next seven months abroad. It’s real simple to leave home when all you have up do is put your travel trailer in storage as the trailer also has all of our belongings inside! The hardest part was preparing to leave our horses Sam & Tessie. We have a wonderful friend and the Aliso Ranch Stable ranch hands watching over them so I’m not worried about them, I’m just already missing them...a lot! But life is short and the world is calling. Mike and I worked very hard to get our Spanish Residence Visas over the past few months (my previous blog dated 6/1/2018 explains the process) so we are taking full advantage of what this Residence Visa will allow us to do. Though the visas are valid for this first term for one year (then renewable for two years and so on) we will spend seven months on our first visit to Spain and surrounding countries so we can get back to California by Spring 2019 for time with and on the horses (oh and to see our human kids too!). We will go back to Spain in August 2019 to renew the visas and to continue our travels at that time to other countries and parts unknown. Basically do-rinse-repeat! Mike and I invite you to follow along on our Camino trek and the time abroad. WiFi will be spotty and a daily tired body and overloaded brain will make the postings few and far between but when I can, I will update you on our adventures. We really have no plans for the Camino and then beyond. Since we have all the time we may need, it’s nice to be able to just wake up, start our day by putting one foot in front of the other and repeat...over and over again. I know many great memories will be made as Mike and I go about our walk. As always, I love living life with my best friend and I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to experience this journey with Mike by my side. So here we go again... Hartmans Go, See & Do the Camino de Santiago...and beyond!
2018-08-14 to 2018-09-29
And away we go, goodbye California for 7 months!
Monday, August 13, 2018Ventura, California, United States
No Foto with glasses & I swear I have fingerprints
Friday, August 17, 2018Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain and Canary Islands
And like that, we are in France & Basque Country!
Sunday, August 19, 2018Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Camino Day 1: UP UP UP and UP!
Monday, August 20, 2018Refuge Orisson, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Camino Day 2 - 8.21.2018: Horses & more up up up!
Tuesday, August 21, 2018Roncesvalles, Navarre, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 3 - Now we go down down down the hills.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018Zubiri, Navarra, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 4- Zubiri to Pamplona-No running bulls!
Thursday, August 23, 2018Pamplona, Navarre, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 5 - Windmills, Apples & 5€ Albergue!
Friday, August 24, 2018Puente la Reina, Navarra, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 6-Puenta la Reina to Estella-Vineyards!
Saturday, August 25, 2018Estella, Navarre, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 7- a HOT Estella to Torres del Rio!
Sunday, August 26, 2018Torres Del Río, Navarre, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 8-Torres del Rio-Logrono - Adios Amigos
Monday, August 27, 2018Logroño, La Rioja, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 9-HOT, lost flip-flop & swollen ankle!
Tuesday, August 28, 2018Nájera, La Rioja, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 10 - Injuries and lightening the load.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018Santo Domingo de la Calzada, La Rioja, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 11 - Hay all Day on the Way!
Thursday, August 30, 2018Villambistia, Castilla y León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 12 - Villambistia to Atapuerca
Friday, August 31, 2018Atapuerca, Castilla y León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 13 - Atapuerea to Burgos
Saturday, September 01, 2018Burgos, Castile and León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 14 - The MESETA has begun!
Sunday, September 02, 2018Hornillos del Camino, Castilla y León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 15 - Still in the Meseta to Castrojeriz
Monday, September 03, 2018Castrojeriz, Castilla y León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 16 - Castrojeriz to Fromista
Tuesday, September 04, 2018Frómista, Castile and León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 17 - Fromista to Carrion de Los Condes
Wednesday, September 05, 2018Carrión de los Condes, Castilla y León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 18-Carrion de los Condes to Terradillos
Thursday, September 06, 2018Terradillos de los Templarios, Castilla y León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 19-Terradillos to El Burgo Ranero
Friday, September 07, 2018El Burgo Ranero, Castilla y León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 20- El Burgo Ranero - Puente Villarente
Saturday, September 08, 2018Puente Villarente, Castilla y León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 21 - Puente Villarente to Leon
Sunday, September 09, 2018León, Castile and León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 22 - Leon to Villavante
Monday, September 10, 2018Villavante, Castilla y León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 23 - Villavente to Astorga
Tuesday, September 11, 2018Astorga, Castile and León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 24 - Astorga to Foncebadon
Wednesday, September 12, 2018Foncebadón, Castilla y León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 25-We really left our troubles behind!
Thursday, September 13, 2018Ponferrada, Castile and León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 26-Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo
Friday, September 14, 2018Villafranca del Bierzo, Castile and León, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 27-Villafranca to O’Cebreiro
Saturday, September 15, 2018O Cebreiro, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 28-O’Cebreiro to Triacastela
Sunday, September 16, 2018Triacastela, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 29 - Triacastela to Barbadelo
Monday, September 17, 2018Barbadelo, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 30 - Barbadelo to Portomarín
Tuesday, September 18, 2018Portomarín, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 31 - Portomarín to San Xulian
Wednesday, September 19, 2018San Xulián, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 32 - San Xulian to Ribadiso de Baixo
Thursday, September 20, 2018Ribadiso, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 33 - Ribadiso de Baixo to O Pedrouzo
Friday, September 21, 2018O Pedrouzo, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 34 - We made it! SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA
Saturday, September 22, 2018Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 35 - Our first rest day - In Santiago!
Sunday, September 23, 2018Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 36-Santiago de Compostela to Negreira
Monday, September 24, 2018Negreira, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 37 - Negreira to Lago
Tuesday, September 25, 2018Lago, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 38 - Lago to Cee
Wednesday, September 26, 2018Cee, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 39-Cee to Finesterre ‘End of Earth’
Thursday, September 27, 2018Fisterra, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 40-Finesterre to Muxia - WE ARE DONE!
Friday, September 28, 2018Muxía, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands
Camino Day 41 - 600+ miles and our Camino is DONE!
Saturday, September 29, 2018Muxía, Galicia, Spain and Canary Islands