This was a hike, more properly a pilgrimage, of a different sort than I’ve done in Nepal, Sweden, America and Japan. The specific camino I took was the most travelled one: The Camino Frances (French Way). Covering over 800km, I walked over the Pyrenees and through Pamplona, Burgos, and Leon before reaching Santiago, and then continued on to the sea at Finisterre and Muxia.
One mostly travels on paths that parallel roadways, but those pass through picture-postcard medieval villages featuring Romanesque churches, stone houses, adjoining vineyards and basic lodgings. Fellow pilgrims were of diverse nationality and background. And some were frail to the point of having needed medical equipment shipped ahead to the night’s accommodation and were clearly hoping to make it to their pilgrimage journey’s end before their life’s journey finished.