Thou Shalt . . .

Recently, I came across a discussion on an online forum about "rules" to ensure a successful pass-thru hike.  The discussion was initiated by a rather lengthy post by someone who felt very strongly that his/her way was the only way.  This is not the first time that I've come across similar rigid thinking.  So, I... Continue Reading →

50.2: List of Walks

Here's my list of pass-thru walks from least to most favorite. 8.  May 2015:  GR 5 - Bergen Op Zoom, The Netherlands to Pompey, France ( light blue) The trail goes from the North Sea in Holland thru Belgium, Luxembourg, France and terminating on the the Mediterranean, in Nice.  However, most people just do the... Continue Reading →

Day 50.1: By the Numbers

Overall, my trip took 50 days, starting in Royan, France on May 26, 2017.  The French portion, referred to as the Voie Littorale, took 17 days.  The balance of the days were in Spain, on the Camino del Norte, starting in Hondarribia.  Altogether, I had four zeros (days off), one in France and three in... Continue Reading →

Day 16: Last Stop in France

Day 16 Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017 Start: Bayonne, France Stop: Hotel Le Relais St Jacques, St Jean de Luz, France Distance (Official - Personal App): 24/351 -  27/418 km High Temp: 29 C - 84 F  And we're back to hot, today.  But Hotel Okko was perfectly situated to take the alternative, coastal route... Continue Reading →

Day 15: Bayonne

Day 15 Date: Friday, June 9, 2017 Start: Soorts-Hossegor, France Stop: Hotel Okko, Bayonne, France Distance (Official - Personal App): 28/327 -  31/391 km High Temp: 23 C - 73 F  On the way to Bayonne, I stopped at a small, hole in the wall, neighborhood pizza joint.  It had 2 or 3 tables inside... Continue Reading →

Day 14: Soorts-Hossegor

Day 14 Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 Start: Moliets et Maa, France Stop: Hotel Oskar, Soorts-Hossegor, France Distance (Official - Personal App): 30/299 -  32/360 km High Temp: 34 C - 93 F  Back to hot again.  Walking by this lake (above), stopped at a cafe for a drink and croissant. I'm back on the... Continue Reading →

Day 13: Moliets et Maa

Day 13 Date: Wednesday, June7, 2017 Start: Lit et Mixe, France Stop: Marylis Lardour, Moliets et Maa, France Distance (Official - Personal App): 28/269 -  35/328 km High Temp: 24 C - 75 F  Last night was actually cold and I was glad I had my sleeping bag.  The morning started of cool but then... Continue Reading →

Day 11: A Lime Tree in Bias

Day 11 Date: Monday, June 5, 2017 Start: St Paul En Born, France Stop: Hotel Le Tilluel, Bias, France Distance (Official - Personal App): 19/218 -  22/268 km High Temp: 21 C - 70 F  I wanted to stop at the Hotel Le Tilluel because I had heard of their creme brûlée.  So, a relatively... Continue Reading →

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