Jonno, 23, from Brisbane. Just about to embark on a five-month journey backpacking through Western Europe before moving to Edinburgh for five years
It'll be an insane journey with just a backpack and my two best mates!
Walked into Santiago de Compostela this afternoon in pouring rain and freezing wind with huge smiles on our faces. Starting in France on the 10th of August we have hiked from town-to-town, up the mountains and down through the valleys to the Spanish west coast. These pilgrims will keep you going with their enthusiasm, kindness and insatiable happiness #caminodesantiago #826kms #acrosstwocountries #6weekwalk #happiestguysalive
Galiciaaaaaa! It took us 3 days to climb over the Carpathian Mountain Range and into another world. From dry desert heat to cool misty valleys. Brown, dead sunflower fields for days have been replaced by thick green paddocks on the side of rolling hills. We’ve passed through tiny towns in forests and across mountain rivers on our walk. Finally in Sarria, only 120kms until we arrive in Santiago de Compostela!
In the last 5 days we only made 20 kilometres, our bodies beaten by the Meseta desert. Sunstroke, dehydration and stomach bugs all made this stretch the hardest we’ve had on the Camino. Finally into Astorga, from here we walk up and over the mountain range at the edge of the plateau and down into Galicia, the ‘green corner’ of the Iberian Peninsula
Sahagún, the halfway mark of the Camino. Piers, Tom and I have walked over 464 kilometres by foot since leaving France. Now getting closer to the west coast of Spain, from the 300 pilgrims who left with us from Roncesvalles only 24 remain, the survivors with blisters and numb bodies trudging 25 kilometres per day in 35 degree heat. You seriously won’t find a happier bunch of people anywhere in the world
León, Spain. A week crossing the Meseta Desert on foot led us through some incredible towns. We stayed in abandoned monasteries and 1000-year-old churches with a family of adventurous pilgrims… and we’re still only halfway on our walk to Santiago!
Clouds pointing towards Santo Domingo, 24 kilometres away. A white path winding through a green pine forest for hours finished at a monastery attached to a church where we slept for the night #camino #spain #pilgrims
This is Tom and Piers heading down the mountain from Cirueña to Santo Domingo. 219 kilometres we’ve walked since leaving France, with only 580 to go until Santiago :) The dormitory last night was 102 sore, delirious pilgrims having the time of their lives. We’re part of a loud, hilarious Camino family who walk until we’re broken and laugh until we cry
Last night we walked into a town in northern Spain called Los Arcos, tired after a 26 kilometre hike from the last village. About 2 hours later we were running down narrow streets being chased by bulls and hiding under grandstands while insane bulls charged around the arena after drunk Spaniards. El Camino baby! Right here is a bull pausing before attempting to gore men and women who dodged its huge horns by centimetres
The Camino, halfway through day one. You can see St Jean in the far distance where we started. To reach Roncevaux we climbed 1400 metres up and over the Pyrenees for a total distance of 27.1 kilometres. The border crossing into Spain was guarded by a flock of sheep and an ancient church. That night we stayed in a medieval monastery that has been converted into a 200-bed dorm