And so, just like that, I open the front door and I have a delivery...the future! No turning back now, my official pilgrim passport (credencial) and associated travel vouchers, maps et al are in my hands. For those who aren't familiar with this here is a little blurb to explain the significance of the credencial.
The credencial is the primary document used to authenticate your pilgrimage on any of the many routes of the Camino de Santiago. Although the the Saint James Way was established by medieval Catholic believers, there is no religious requirement to qualify for a credencial; it is equally valid whether used in an act of faith, religious commitment, cultural curiosity, or purely athletic endeavour. It serves two purposes, first, it establishes your status as a “pilgrim”, an individual undertaking a journey to Santiago de Compostela along any of the classic routes and the second purpose of the credencial is to document your pilgrimage, providing proof to the archbishop’s office near the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela that you actually made the journey. After climbing the stairs to the second floor office, an attendant will study the stamps and dates on your credencial, before adding one final stamp of completion, and awarding you one of two Compostelas, the official certficates of completion. There is one for religious pilgrims, and another for personal/cultural peregrines. Buen Camino!
As well as getting the thighs in shape for my camino, I just loved visiting this dog friendly beach with my friends...sure is a lovely spot! The walking is easy when you've got good friends!
Buderim Forest Park is a 45 hectare haven of tranquillity less than a kilometre from the north side of Buderim village on the Sunshine Coast. Great for exploring, walking, enjoying waterfalls and nature in general.
Even a B&B owner needs some time away for a break. I caught up with true mates in Twin Waters recently. The Boag's were neighbours, as well as great friends of mine, in Rutherglen. They relocated a couple of years ago for a sea-change. It was a terrific week with them, walking, exploring the beach, dining out and seeing my old pal, Rufus, their Aussie terrier and my chihuahuas best bud.
Recently areas around Rutherglen and Wahgunyah have been treated by council with upgrades to the walking and cycling paths. I went exploring the new extension along the Murray River and I was not disappointed. Ask me when you visit for a map of the area.
Well the foot is good! Dare I say it, in record time too, apart from a little more help from the podiatrist. Back on the beat, busting a lung or two on occasion and thoroughly enjoying the great outdoors.
Early Autumn I enjoyed walking on my friend Alan's gorgeous historic property in Merriang (Myrtleford). His idea of a good work out is to head for the hills and 4WD access if we need..my idea of a good workout is just to enjoy the company, breathe in the fresh air, and put one foot in front of the other...the universe will provide, so just accept what is provided. And we did...
What a beautiful, and inspiring morning walk this was. Melissa and I headed off early amidst the damp morning air and some drizzle. On the return the sun broke out...just!