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El Camino de Santiago: a packing guide

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The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) is one of the most important and loved pilgrimages in the world. It has its flaws and critics though, and it’s important to plan well in advance if you’re not already an experienced hiker or walker, or if you’re out of shape.

The Camino’s main route takes you 500 miles over the Pyrenees mountains from France and into Spain, via Roncesvalles. It continues due West for weeks, taking you through some of the most arid regions of Spain and beyond. Although much of it is flat, there are occasional steep sections, such as when entering into Galicia. The trail is often not sheltered from the sun, and will often follow roads with heavy traffic and many miles of concrete. Continue reading El Camino de Santiago: a packing guide

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Adventures Across Spain Part II- El Camino de Santiago

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I arrived in San Jean Pied de Port, France in the early evening of July 18th, 2009. The streets were empty, shops closed. I tried to mentally prepare for the next month of my life; I was about to begin the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile trek over the Pyrenees mountains and across the Spanish countryside, continuing west until the Atlantic coastline. It was a daunting thought. Continue reading Adventures Across Spain Part II- El Camino de Santiago

The Wayward Stroll 101: How to Get Lost in Suburban Bushlands

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Step 1. Leave house in late afternoon with only a vague notion of where you’re going.

Step 2. Don’t bring headlamp, map, money, phone, water, snacks, etc.

Step 3. Walk for an hour or two deep into bushlands on nicely marked paths.

Step 4. Upon noticing it will be dark soon, decide to go just a little farther Continue reading The Wayward Stroll 101: How to Get Lost in Suburban Bushlands

KLE 500: 2012 European Motorcycle Madness

Image borrowed from his website.
Image borrowed from his website.

On April 26th, 2012, I was fortunate enough to hear Austin Vince give a presentation in Seattle about various awesome motorcycle adventurers you’ve never heard of. My good friend and recent travel buddy Ashley thought I’d be interested in going, but couldn’t make it there herself.

Having already purchased airlines tickets to Europe for the whole summer, with no real plan of what I’d be doing except hiking my third section of The Way of St. James, I decided I wanted to be one of those motorcyclists you’ve never heard of, too Continue reading KLE 500: 2012 European Motorcycle Madness