May 27, 2017: We have done it. Peter and I have arrived in Rome. We have found our way here on a road of love and kindness. This morning we woke up in the convent and Peter could not walk. Blood was seeping from the 2 inch wide blisters on his feet. His toe nail … More 8. Mountain Top Joy!
May 26, 2017: Today we walked another 28 km. It was slow. Our feet are sore…..well, not just sore…..aching to the core. Peter’s feet are bleeding. When he walks, he does not walk a straight line. He wobbles back and forth trying to keep his balance. Even with the walking sticks that all the pilgrims … More 7. Sore Feet, But Happy Hearts
May 25, 2017: Car! Truck! This was my cry today. Last night, after the birthday party the pilgrims gave for Peter, everyone was discussing the question of the day…. The guidebook was telling us that there were 2 options for paths to Campagnano di Roma One was beautiful, but 4 km longer, and the other … More 6. Car! Truck!
May 24, 2017: What a beautiful day! We walked this morning through miles and miles of nut trees, the kind they make Nutella from. (Italians are very proud of that fact!) It was beautiful and we did not get lost once. I even helped the Italian men’s group that we were walking with find their … More 5. Horses and Helpers
May 23, 2017: We left the convent and were pretty proud of ourselves to find the main square with the ancient church and papal mansion. We had a peek in the church and it was amazing as all of the churches are around here. From there our pilgrim friends had told us it was easy … More 4. Tough Things Can Create Good
May 22, 2017: They say “all roads lead to Rome”. And we can vouch for it! At least the one we were on today. As we walked on the paver stones laid down by the Romans more than 2000 years ago, it was hard not to become overwhelmed by the significance of this path. So … More 3. All Roads Lead To Rome!
May 21, 2017: The thing about traveling is you never eat enough fruits and vegetables. So, we bought a big bag of fruit for our walk today…..the first day of our walking pilgrimage to Rome. We were nervous. How would the path be? Would Peter as a deaf-blind man be able to walk it? Would … More 2. Cherry Pits
May 20, 2017: Well here we are. Ready to start this journey. We had a “practice run” a few days ago walking the mountains of Assisi, where St. Francis walked. An arduous journey…. It was so rocky and steep and narrow. Very difficult. But yet we made it. 8 miles straight up it seemed. The … More 1. God Is With You
Buen Camino! The traditional greeting on the camino. A good path for you and good path for me could have such different meanings. In one days time we have met a man from the Netherlands, a man from Paris, and a woman from South Africa. We have learned so much already…. Never wash your socks and … More 1. Beginnings
You should not be doing that. We walked into the Camino office in St. Jean. “A blind man should not walk over the mountains.” Those words cast doubt into our journey. The woman was an expert. What were we getting into! But deafness and blindness had not stopped Peter from traveling to work each day. Nor … More 2. You Should Not Be Doing That