Author: Tom Gehring

Post 24 – July 20 and 21, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. These are my best days.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 24: July 20 and 21, 2018, Friday and Saturday.  The walk from Monte Sacro to Vatican City and

Post 23 – July 19, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. The relentless goal!

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 23: July 19, 2018, Thursday.  The Trek from Monterotondo to Monte Sacro.  Stage 27 of the Sandy Brown

Post 22 – July 17, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. Do you need a prayer closet?

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 22: July 17, 2018, Tuesday.  In Rieti.  Still hot!  And now raining.   In Rieti, Italy. Gone 37 days. 

Post 21 – July 12, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. The little signs. Be realistic.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 21: July 12, 2018, Thursday.  Made it to Piediluco. Still hot!  In Piediluco, Italy. Gone 32 days.  Day

Post 20 – July 10, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. He abandoned himself.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 20: July 10, 2018, Tuesday.  Made it to Monteluco Franciscan Convent; Still hot!  In Monteluco, Italy. Gone 30

Post 19 – July 8, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. The Beggar’s Opera: An evening with prostitutes, beggars, and thieves.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 19: July 8, 2018, Sunday.  Made it to Spoleto; Still insanely hot!  In Spoleto. Gone 28 days.  Day

Post 18 – July 4, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. It’s intimidating isn’t it?

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 18: July 4, 2018, Wednesday.  Made it to Trevi; hard treks and very hot!  In Trevi. Gone 24

Post 17 – June 30, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. Prayers for my family and friends.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 17: June 30, 2018, Saturday.  In Assisi.   In Assisi. Gone 20 days.  Day 18 on The Way. Prayers for

Post 16 – June 29, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. Persist, persist, persist. I made it to Assisi!

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 16: June 29, 2018, Friday.  Completed Stages 14 and 15 in Sandy Brown guide, Maria Theresa at Agriturismo

Post 15 – June 26, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. I was attacked by a wolf today.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 15: June 26, 2018, Tuesday.  Did Stage 13 today in Sandy Brown guide, Gubbio to Maria Theresa at

Post 14 – June 24, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. “Maybe” has no place in God’s dictionary, Part 2.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 14: June 24, 2018, Sunday.  Did Stage 11 today in Sandy Brown guide, Citta di Castello to Pietralunga. 

Post 13 – June 22, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. When Words are spoken into your life.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 13: June 22, 2018, Friday.  Did Stage 9 today in Sandy Brown guide.  I made it to Citerna,

Post 12 – June 20, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. “Maybe” has no place in God’s dictionary.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 12: June 20, 2018, Wednesday.   I made it to Santuario della Verna, Italy.  Gone 10 days.  Day 8

Post 11 – June 18, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. New friends sustain me!

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 11: June 18, 2018, Monday.  I think.   From Stia to Camaldoli to Badia Prataglia, Italy. Day 6. New

Post 10 – June 16, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. It’s true. I’m traveling with a woman.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 10: June 16, 2018, Saturday.   Stia, Italy. Day 4. It’s true. I’m traveling with a woman.  And we’re

Post 9 – June 14, 2018. The Camino de Assisi. I lost everything, day pack, laptop, all important documents, and then . . .

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 9: June 14, 2018, Thursday.   Florence, Day Two. I lost everything, day pack, laptop, and then . .

Post 8 – June 13, 2018, The Camino de Assisi. Florence. Day One. We all need prayer.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 8: June 13, 2018, Wednesday.   Florence, Day One. We all need prayer.  We all need to constantly reach

Post 7 – June 9, 2018, The Camino de Assisi. I Don’t know if he said it, but I know he lived it.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 7: June 9, 2018, Saturday.  Day T-2: Leave for Florence in 2 days, to start The Camino.  I

Post 6 – June 5, 2018, The Camino de Assisi. The Inklings. In The Beginning.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 6: June 5, 2018, Tuesday.  Day T-6: Leave for Florence in 6 days, to start The Camino.  The

Post 5 – May 31, 2018, The Camino de Assisi. We Have Hope.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 5: May 31, 2018, Thursday. Day T-11: Leave for Florence in 11 days, to start The Camino.  The

Post 4 – May 31, 2018, The Camino de Assisi, The Caminos of Life

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 4: May 31, 2018, Thursday. Day T-11: Leave for Florence in 11 days, to start The Camino.  The

Post 3 – May 25, 2018, The Camino de Assisi. Bombarded by News of the Day, Until . . .

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 3: May 25, 2018, Friday. Day T-17: Leave for Florence in 17 days.  Bombarded by News of the

Post 2 – May 22, 2018, The Camino de Assisi. The resistance kicks in.

The Camino de Assisi.  The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.   Post 2: May 22, 2018, Tuesday. Day T-20: Leave for Florence in 20 days.  The resistance kicks in.    

Post 1 – May 15, 2018, The Camino de Assisi, The Journey Begins

The Camino de Assisi. The Way of St Francis. Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Post 1: May 15, 2018, Tuesday. Day T-27: Leave for Florence in 27 days. Rule one: Travel light in life . .

Post 50 – July 19, 2016 – Every person’s happiness is different. Oh, please, be different.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 530 miles. Post 50; July 19, 2016, Tuesday. Day 35: Arrived!! In Santiago. 11:34 a.m. Every person’s happiness is different. Oh, please, be different.  For

Post 49, July 18, 2016 – The Day I Fell into The River, and almost died, but didn’t. In life, you always keep trekking.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 530 miles. Post 49; July 18, 2016, Monday. Day 34: From Melide (where we did stay) Stage 12 of the Primitivo Route, past Arzúa, past

Post 48 – July 17, 2016, The Day Christina Cried

The Camino de Santiago,      the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 530 miles. Post 48; July 17, 2016, Sunday. Day 33: From San Román Da Retorta (where we did not stay) to Ferreira (I think) to

Post 47 – July 16, 2016, Keep your life simple, and be at peace.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 530 miles. Post 47; July 16, 2016, Saturday. Day 32: From Castroverde through Lugo to San Román Da Retorta. On The Camino Primitivo; Past Stage

Post 46 – July 15, 2016, Mourning on the Camino

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 530 miles. Post 46; July 15, 2016, Friday. Day 31: From A Fonsagrada all the way to Castroverde. On The Camino Primitivo; Past Stage 9

Post 45 – July 14, 2016, People get ready! Part 2

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 530 miles. Post 45; July 14, 2016, Thursday. Day 30: Still in A Fonsagrada. On The Camino Primitivo; technically Stage 8 of the Perazzoli/Whitson book,

Post 43 and 44 – July 13 and 14, 2016, People get ready! Happiness—just deal with it!

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 850km, 530 miles. Post 43, 44; July 13,14, 2016, Wednesday, Thursday. Day 29, 30: Berducedo through Castro to A Fonsagrada. On The Camino Primitivo; technically

Post 42 – July 12, 2016, The Camino: A metaphor for life. Start it, and keep going.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 530 miles. Post 42; July 12, 2016, Tuesday. Day 28: Campiello to Berducedo. Stage 6 on The Camino Primitivo. The Camino: A metaphor for life.

Post 41 – July 11, 2016, Feeling so strong! Always take the high road.

The Camino de Santiago,      the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 530 miles. Post 41; July 11, 2016, Monday. Day 27: Bodenaya! to Campiello. On The Camino Primitivo. Feeling so strong! Always take the high road.

Post 40 – July 10, 2016, It will be the last place they look: for happiness. How a seed gets planted.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 530 miles. Post 40; July 10, 2016, Sunday. Day 26: San Juan De Villapañada to Bodenaya. On The Camino Primitivo. It will be the last

Post 39 – July 9, 2016, Why I’m doing the Camino. The day ended . . . perfect.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 530 miles. Post 39; July 9, 2016, still Saturday. Day 25: From Oviedo to San Juan De Villapañada. On The Camino Primitivo. Stage three of

Post 38 – July 9, 2016, The Joy of Sophia. The Simplicity of a few problems.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 38; July 9, 2016, Saturday. Day 25: Still in Oviedo. On The Camino Primitivo. The Joy of Sophia. The Simplicity of a

Post 37 – July 8, 2016, What if Obama and Putin had to do the Camino?

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 37; July 8, 2016, Friday. Day 24: Oviedo. On The Camino Primitivo. What if Obama and Putin had to do the Camino?

Post 36 – July 7, 2016, It’s with the Camino: the answer.

The Camino de Santiago, the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 36; July 7, 2016, Thursday. Day 23: Pola de Siero to Oviedo. On The Camino Primitivo. Technically, STAGE 2 of The Camino

Post 35 – July 6, 2016, Thinking, Fast and Slow.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 35; July 6, 2016, Wednesday. Day 22: Villaviciosa to Pola de Siero. Switch day to the Camino Primitivo from the Camino del

Post 33 and 34 – July 4 and 5, 2016, The Camino brings out the best in people, but don’t tell the ones back home, part 2.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 33 and 34; July 4 and 5, 2016, Monday and Tuesday. Day twenty and twenty-one: Piñeres de Pria through Ribadesella to La

Post 32 – July 3, 2016, The Camino brings out the best in people; but don’t tell the ones back home. Camino solo.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 32; July 3, 2016, Sunday. Day nineteen: Llanes to Piñeres de Pria. Technically, STAGE 16 of the Camino del Norte, as in

Post 31 – July 1 and 2, 2016, Alone. A stop along the way of putting things in perspective.

The Camino de Santiago,   the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 31; July and 2, 2016, Friday and Saturday. Day seventeen and eighteen: Colombres through La Franca all the way to Llanes.

Post 30 – June 30, 2016, Answers will come, and the questions seem less important.

The Camino de Santiago,   the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 30; June 30, Thursday. Day sixteen: Santillana del Mar. Answers will come, and the questions seem less important.  Baby Doe 1

Post 29 – June 29, 2016, Head into my plate exhausted; but I’m not the only one.

The Camino de Santiago,   the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 29; June 29, Wednesday. Day fifteen: From Santander to Santillana del Mar. Head into my plate exhausted; but I’m not the

Post 27 and 28, June 27 and 28, 2016, “The Path is made while walking undefined.” “A light unto our feet.”

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 27 and 28; June 27 and 28, 2016, Monday and Tuesday. Day thirteen and fourteen: Guemes to Santander, and a second rest

Post 26 – June 26, 2016, Always a backliner. The perfect guidance.

The Camino de Santiago,   the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 26; June 26, 2016, Sunday Day twelve: Santoña to Guemes. Always a backliner. The perfect guidance.  I’m fighting hard to make

Post 24 and 25 – June 24 and 25, 2016 – How far have I come on my Journey?

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 24 and 25; June 24 and 25, 2016, Friday and Saturday. Day ten and eleven of trekking: Pobeña through Castro-Urdiales to Islares

Post 23 – June 23, 2016, Really?: The world carries on?

The Camino de Santiago,      the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 23; June 23, 2016, Thursday. Day nine of trekking: Bilbao to Pobeña. 25Km. Really?: The world carries on?  We finally started leaving

Post 22 – June 22, 2016, Mediocrity.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 22; June 22, 2016, Wednesday. Day eight of trekking: Bilbao! The first rest day. Mediocrity.  The theme of the day amongst the

Post 21 – June 21, 2016, To accomplish a goal: Start . . . and keep going.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 21; June 21, 2016, Tuesday. Day seven of trekking: Lezama to . . . Bilbao! To accomplish a goal: Start . .

Post 20 – June 20, 2016

The Camino de Santiago,      the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 20; June 20, 2016, Monday. Day six of trekking: Gernika to Lezama, 24 Km.  4:30 p.m. We made it to our albergue

Post 19 – June 19, 2016

The Camino de Santiago,      the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 19; June 19, 2016, Sunday. Day Five: Markina-Xemein to Gernika, 25 Km, supposedly.  3:00 a.m.  I’m not the only one that couldn’t

Post 18 – June 18, 2016, Looking for the lesson of the day

The Camino de Santiago,   the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 18; June 18, 2016, Saturday. Day Four: Deba to Markina-Xemein, 23 Km, supposedly. Looking for the lesson of the day.  We

Post 17 – June 17, 2016, Live it; this is a gift

The Camino de Santiago,   the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 17; June 17, 2016, Friday all day. Zarautz, Spain Day Three: Zarautz to Deba, 24 Km. Live it; this is a

Post 16 – June 16, 2016, Exhausted already!

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 16; June 16, 2016, Thursday Morning. San Sebastian, Spain Day two of trekking: San Sebastián to Zarautz, 18.5 Km. 5:00 a.m. Exhausted

Post 15 – June 15, 2016, People are good, aren’t they?

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 15; June 15, 2016, Wednesday morning. Irun, Spain. Today: Irún to San Sebastian, 26.5 Km. 4:00 a.m. People are good, aren’t they?

Post 14 – June 14, 2016, The starting point. I made it!

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 14; June 14, 2016, Tuesday night. Irun, Spain. Tomorrow: Irún to San Sebastian, 26.5 Km. The starting point. I made it!  

Post 13 – June 13, 2016, What’s your guidebook?

The Camino de Santiago,      the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 13; June 13, 2016, Monday. Travel day to Madrid, Spain, then to San Sebastián, then to Irún, the starting point. What’s your

Post 11 and 12 – June 11 and 12, 2016, Why?

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 11 and 12; June 11 and 12, 2016, Saturday and Sunday. A few days to go. Why?   Saturday and Sunday. Now

Post 10 – June 10, 2016, The Storm Before the Calm

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 10; June 10, 2016, Friday morning. Four days to go. The Storm Before the Calm   I feel the Storm Before the

Post 9 – June 8, 2016, Who is St. James?

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 9; June 8, 2016, Wednesday. Five days til we go. Who is St. James?   In the Camino sense, St. James is

Post 8 – June 7, 2016, What is the Way of St. James?

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 8; June 7, 2016, Tuesday. Six days til we go. What is the Way of St. James?   On Tuesday, June 7th,

Post 7 – June 6, 2016, An angel takes a jog

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 7; June 6, 2016, Monday morning 7:00 a.m. Seven days til we go. An angel takes a jog   Baby Doe 1

Post 6 – June 5, 2016, An Angel appears

The Camino de Santiago,   the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 6; June 5, 2016, Sunday. 5:00 a.m. Eight days to go. The Way of St. James An Angel appears It’s Sunday

Post 5 – June 4, 2016, The Five Symbols

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 5; June 4, 2016, Saturday afternoon. Nine days til we go. REI The Five Symbols  It’s Saturday afternoon. We’ve walked from the

Post 4 – June 4, 2016, Travels with Charley

The Camino de Santiago,     the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 4; June 4, 2016, Saturday morning 8:00 a.m.ish. Nine days til we go. The 18th Street Coffee House My Companion

Post 3 – June 3, Ten days until we go.

The Camino de Santiago,  the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 3; June 3, 2016, Friday morning 7:00 a.m.  Ten days until we go. Prepare prepare prepare, for the Camino.      Echo Park

Post 2 – June 2, 2016, What’s your Camino?

The Camino de Santiago,      the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 2; June 2, 2016, Thursday morning 7:00 a.m. Eleven days til we go. Santa Monica What’s your Camino? What’s the journey you

Post 1 – June 1, 2016, We’re going on a pilgrimage!

The Camino de Santiago,      the del Norte/Primitivo route. Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles. Post 1; June 1, 2016, Wednesday morning 8:00 a.m.ish. Café Heaven We’re going on a pilgrimage!      First, let me introduce myself.  I’m Harold

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