Walking the Camino is the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done, Except for Crossing the Pacific in a Boat and Having Three Babies. Ventas de Naron to Remonde 20.4 km. 

A horreo, a Galician grain storage.


After a month plus walking, John and I have a real rhythm that is not dominated by talk of how much “—–or —-” hurts. I know my backpack and it’s thin contents intimately; every piece of equipment has its place and I never have to search. Cafe con leche is my go to morning drink, lunch is best when we can picnic with chorizo, queso, olives and bread, and dinner is usually a lively affair with fellow pilgrims from afar. Our walk starts when it is light at 8:30, and by 3:30, I have put in my 20+ km and I want to stop.I know when I get to my albuergue a shower, short siesta, hand washing of the days outfit and a cerveza are the proper order of things. This is the rhythm I have learned after 37 days of walking. 

Cereveza, 1.20 Euro!


The daily rituals are not just habits,  but survival mechanisms in the face of constantly changing environments, situations, and people. The Camino has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. But as with the other hard things in my life, a little perseverance and good humor gets me through and I wouldn’t trade any of those experiences. Three days to Santiago. -k

Horreos come in all sizes!


Giant ants! More aggressive than the local farm dogs.


The farm dogs are ultimate chill.

My requisite daily cow picture.

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8 Responses to Walking the Camino is the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done, Except for Crossing the Pacific in a Boat and Having Three Babies. Ventas de Naron to Remonde 20.4 km. 

  1. Steve says:

    Quite the accomplishment. Almost there. Where do you go next? Oahu?

  2. winewoodln says:

    Go Girl! We are very proud of you! Bruno 😉

  3. winewoodln says:

    Excellent post. Enjoy the journey.

  4. Laura Thielen says:

    We are looking forward to hearing about your journey in more detail when you’re back on Oahu. Maybe you guys can walk over to Waimanalo for dinner. Big local buzz: former Chief Kealoha and Katherine Kealoha both indicted today on many counts of bank fraud, conspiracy and many other counts. Small potatoes in the larger historical picture you’re seeing, but common historical story of greed and the fall of the once mighty.

    • Laysan says:

      I checked google maps and the walk to your house is outside our 24 km limit, so it will take us two days to get there! I have been watching the local news from afar, the justice wheels are slowly turning! See you soon!

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