Monday, June 25, 2007

OTU #40 - Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela: Part 2

This is Part 2 of our report on our recent pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

What a great experience it was! If you're interested in planning your own pilgrimage, the following links may be helpful.

If you're interested in the guidebook we used, here's a link to it on
A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago: Camino Frances

Here's a link to a private network of albergues that we found of better quality:
Red de albergues, Camino de Santiago

If you'd like to see a map of the route that we took, take a look at this interactive map on

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OTU #39 - Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela: Part 1

Tom, Steve and Jim along the Camino.

We're finally back from our long hiatus! This episode is Part 1 of a two part episode in which Jim and I talk about our experiences along the ancient pilgrimage route, called the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, in northern Spain.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this pilgrimage, please email us at ontheu [at]

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

In Santiago de Compostela

Hi folks! Another quick note to let you know that Jim, Tom and I arrived safely in Santiago de Compostela this morning, just in time for the daily Pilgrim's Mass in the Cathedral. It was awesome!

We left the town of Arca do Pino at 6am, walking through dark foggy forests until the sun came up. It was a great way to start the last day on "the camino."

I'll tell you more about it when I get home, but we figure we walked about 215 miles in 13 days, over several mountain ranges, and up and down more hills that I want to think about. I've learned to be very thankful for the flatness of Oklahoma!

One funny bit ... I took a bit of a tumble this morning (I swear I didn't see that step!) and scraped up my knee. I didn't think too much about it until I noticed that I was leaving blood on the kneeler during Mass. I must have looked like the real rugged pilgrim!

Buen Camino!