Somewhat Covid-delayed, September 2023 will see Janet and me stride out from Sevilla for the 1,000 kilometre journey to Santiago de Compostela along the Via de la Plata.
The purple route takes us from Sevilla to Astorga, where we will meet Natalie and Emily, who will have walked in from St Jean Pied de Port on the Camino Frances (shown on the map in yellow)
After a couple of days rest we'll then head off as a foursome to Santiago de Compostela, diverting at Ponferrada to walk into SdC via the supposedly very beautiful Camino Invierno (blue).
Of course, to partially misquote good old Bobby Burns, "the best laid plans of mice and men"may intervene, but assuming not, key dates are:
16th Sept 2023 (two days after my birthday), depart Sevilla
13th Oct, arrive Salamanca, roughly the half-way point
23rd Oct, rendezvous with Nat and Em in Astorga. We'll have covered 700 klms by then, and the girls around 500 klms
6th Nov, arrive into SdC from Vedra, the last town on the Camino Invierno, the Winter Way.
* click on the title above to see the whole route close up - you can zoom and scroll in Google Maps.
The plan will be to turn this page into a daily blog. Plenty of time to plan for that.
In the meantime, I'm considering spending March 2023 in Salamanca doing an intensive 4-week Spanish language course. Stand by ...