Here We Go!

The day is here…I can’t believe it! Close to two years of thinking, planning and plotting have arrived!

On Sunday some family and friends gathered to send me off. These are the people who have prayed, encouraged and walked (life) with me. I was humbled as many circled around me and prayed for this journey.

My simple prayer is “Lord please keep me safe, well and walking!”.

The Pilgrim’s journey to Santiago begins at the front door of one’s own home. The pack is ready, the shoes broken in, and only the bare necessities are being carried.

(I’m also on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s -notice the shoe laces-a disease my Grandmother had.)

So I’m off to Paris, France first thing in the morning. I will meet up with my walking buddy, Jill, for a day to explore Paris on Saturday. Then on Monday, May 1 we will head to the Southern border of France, a town called St. Jean Pied de Port. This is where the walking of 500 miles will begin!

The first two days are up over the Pyrenees mountains and has been known to be the hardest part of the walk. I will let you know if I agree!


Starting May 1, I will be reading and journaling though the book,  The Ascent to Santiago.  My cousin, Ron Ottenad, wrote this after his Camino experience. I invite you to read and journal along with me if you’re so inclined!



I ask for your prayers as I travel alone to Paris for the first few days. Thank you for all your encouragement and prayers!  I know you believe in me.

Talk to you soon.