Camino de Santiago

Thursday, August 11th.

I started at Madrid, took a hop to Pordo, followed by a drive to Villa Praia de Ancora, Portugal. From there walked to Caminha, ferry over to the Spanish shore. Another five km walk to A Guarda, Spain

Simple, right? The first day was a series of complicated movements. Thankfully the heat wasn’t bad.

Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The LORD is God from of old,

creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary,

and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.

He gives power to the faint,

abundant strength to the weak.

Though young men faint and grow weary,

and youths stagger and fall,

They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength,

they will soar on eagles’ wings;

They will run and not grow weary,

walk and not grow faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

The plan

GOAL: Pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago de Compostela
Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
START: Porto, Portugal
Pilgrim Passport (also called a Credencial Camino de Santiago).

  1. Wednesday -Fly unto Thursday noon.
    0.5 Thursday – transport to Vila Praia de Ancora. My official city metered starting point in Portugal. Two beautiful chapels.
    0.70 Walk to cross to Spain. Ferry to cross at Caminha. The ferry wasn’t running so improvised. They dumped me on a sandy beach to hike to town. I’m one with the diaspora now, no port of entry. Dumped on the sands. Ha!
    0.75 Walk to A Guarda – Thursday night overnight. Metered starting point.



  • A Guarda
  • Oia
  • Baiona
  • Vigo
  • Redondela
  • Ponteverda
  • Cadas de Reis
  • Padron
  • Santiago de Compostela

Photos from today:

Lit a candle and prayed for many
Original 1678.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry