The Art of Walking

“The Art of Walking” Illustrations from my sketchbook diaries of walking: 2,250 miles on the Way of St. James in Europe, England Coast to Coast hike, Italy, Seattle and Oregon. Now at the Eugene Yoga Studio, 245 E. Broadway. Open 8:45 am to 7:00 pm weekdays, but closes at 5:45 on Friday. Also open weekendContinue reading “The Art of Walking”

Day 24, Triacastle to Barbadelo, Spain, Oct. 2, 2008

15 miles, not much ascent, mostly easy descent on ancient paths lined with chestnut trees. 7:50 am to 4 pm Fabulous day of walking. Beautiful, green country looks like England.   Met Wilson again, good visit with Wilson about life. The stone pathway, called a corredoira, is lined with ancient, huge chestnuts and oaks. InContinue reading “Day 24, Triacastle to Barbadelo, Spain, Oct. 2, 2008”

Day 23, Las Herrerias to Triacastle, Spain. Oct. 1

16 miles, 1,300 feet ascent and descent. 7:30 am to 3:30 pm Begin with a steep grade along a stream. Emerald green fields, trees along the stream. Cows taken out to graze for the day by an older man or woman.  Another day of walking with Roberto. “Good companions make short miles.” His girlfriend isContinue reading “Day 23, Las Herrerias to Triacastle, Spain. Oct. 1”

Day 21, El Acebo to Cacabelos, Spain, Sept. 29

18 miles, 1,300 ft. descent, 8:15 am to 5 pm  I buy NEW BOOTS. The view down the mountain into Ponferrada from the Leon mountains is spectacular. It feels schizophrenic to walk from the “time stood still” village yesterday into a town with two nuclear power plant stacks today, only 11 miles away. Walking downContinue reading “Day 21, El Acebo to Cacabelos, Spain, Sept. 29”

Day 19, Hospital de Orbigo to Murias, Spain, Sept 27

12 miles, 600 feet ascent. 7:15 to 1:30 pm My feet are killing me today. I am battling large blisters, draining them with a needle every night and putting blister pads on them. Today is my day! In spite of my feet, I am joyous.At 10 am there are church bells in the distance.“Good speedContinue reading “Day 19, Hospital de Orbigo to Murias, Spain, Sept 27”

Day 16, Sahagun to Mansilla, Sept. 24, Spain

22 miles, flat. 8 am to 3:30 pm. Fabulous fall day with blue sky and light breeze.Plains of Spain are covered with yellow fields of grain stubble.Sunflowers in the fields look at the ground, at the end of their bloom.Mountain to the north, along the coast, are visible.Picnic lunch of salami, cheese and bread, peachContinue reading “Day 16, Sahagun to Mansilla, Sept. 24, Spain”

Day 15, Calzadillo to Sahagun, Spain

13 miles, fairly flat terrain. 7:30 to 11:30 am. Highlights of the day: *Hovering kestrel hawk over the harvested grain field. *Blue sky, light breeze, cool. Delightful path through open country. *Caffe con latte with sugar and crossiant mid-morning. Things I NEVER have at home. Coffee upsets my stomach, sugar is bad and a crossiantContinue reading “Day 15, Calzadillo to Sahagun, Spain”

Day 14, Formista to Caleadilla, Spain

22 miles, flat. 7:30 to 4 pm. Lovely walk through the country side. Birds flocking and chirping. Fields of maze, sunflowers and harvested grain. Stop for a snack on the lawn of an old Abbey. Two motorized wheel chairs whip by me on the stone road. Now that would be a rough ride. Lunch inContinue reading “Day 14, Formista to Caleadilla, Spain”