Now for something completely different!

Camino Penguinos

If you read my Bio, you know that I’ve been active in the outdoors since 1959, traveling the width of the US, with no interstates and no seatbelts.

I’m writing about the Camino Portuguese along the Spanish coast to give hope to the older people, and a goal for the young.

While I backpacked, it was mainly to get to some remote mountains for climbing. I have done first ascents, stood on the top of the highest mountains in two continents, I enjoy walking out my backdoor and exploring the White Clay Creek state park and preserve.

Walking is not just about the miles, steps, or elevation gain: It’s about the journey and those that go with you, and those that you meet on the travels.

I tend to like short intense trips over the long slogs. In the early 80’s Don Douglas (first to run the John Muir trail), Ken Franklin and I ran UP Mount Whitney, then ran down, then hopped on our road bicycles and rode to Death Valley. The first High to Low, in 17 hours.

While I have section hiked parts of the AT, and had made plans a number of times, I didn’t have the time or resources. When I used to live in northern Nevada, I would mountain bike parts of the Pacific Coast.

I have done a 3 week bike trip in New Zealand with Karen. That started my “American Express” style of camping/hiking/cycling. You get a shuttle service to take your bags to the next hotel/hut/B&B, so you only walk with what you need for the day. A hot shower and cold beer every night. Being successful as an IT business owner has given me a budget and now the time.

Walk Of The Penguins

So enough about me, this is going to be a 300km walk in Spain with Dave, a friend from college (1971) who walk Hadrian’s Wall with me in 2019, his son Phillip and Sandy “Percius” an employee/business manager/housemate from (1980).

Two of us are in our 70’s , Sandy is 67, and Phillip is the youngster at 41. So we will be waddling down the trail

We are jumping in jets on 2024-04-09 from different places in the US and rendezvousing in Santiago de Compostela, then we have a driver to take use to Oia to start our walk to Santiago. (Yes, another AMEX walk, carrying only water and rain gear.)

If we are feeling  good, then it’s off to Fisterra “End of the Earth”, and maybe a week or two in Portugal.


Shout Outs:

I stand on the shoulders of giants, these are some of my favorite bloggers from

Madison Blagden aka Peg Leg, and incredible journey in the IAT

Jon Fuller aka “The Incident”. Hilarious story teller

Owen Eigenbrot who first got me interested in via a random news feed on day 1 of his NOBO AT in 2022, and he wrote every day, describing many of the places that I have been on the AT.

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