Now that Christmas and New Year is over, I have finally arrived back to normality. I seemed to have let the Weekend Watch series drop for the last while so the first video of 2016 is from a guy who has been uploading one minute videos from his Camino. This is unique. What I like about the video is there is no talking, we just get the sights. At the moment, the uploader has 7 videos on YouTube, his first one is below:
…it’s got a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
..I haven’t got used to writing it yet, but at least we have got one extra day to try and complete all those New Year’s resolutions, eh?
Christmas was good but I’m happy to be out of silly season. There wasn’t much walking done, however, as the weather was as Irish as you can get. However, I was one of the lucky ones as hundreds of homes around Ireland were destroyed due to flooding. The beautiful Lough Derg Way which I walked last year, and the towns surrounding it, is submerged in water. The weather, in general, has been unusual for this time of the year with tornadoes in America and extreme heat in Australia. I find it insane that some people still don’t believe in global warming.
Anyway, moving on…
I’m really eager to receive a new purchase in the post next week. I love keeping an eye out for books (paperback or kindle) about the Camino and I have found one written by Luke Darracott. Luke walked the Camino a couple of years back and decided to write about it before going. He also video logged his journey. Once I receive it and read it, I will post a review. It can be bought online on lulu.com. I love the cover art, it’s very vibrant and it’s just like the Camino during the months of May and June.
And finishing up for now, I’ve decided on returning to Spain in September when I will walk from Ponferrada to the coast. I haven’t walked this section since 2012 so I’m eager to return. More on that later.
The last few months have been the busiest I have been work-wise. The heavy storms in December to February have taken its’ toll on me as well as lot of people in Ireland. Sometimes, working in property claims is not all it is made out to be. But now that things have calmed down, I can finally start thinking of my return to Spain. I have a little over 2 months before I touch down in Biarritz. Now where is that backpack of mine??
I have arranged for a practise walk in a well known trail in the midlands before I go. I hope to meet some guys I met on the Camino last May and walk the Leafy Loop in Durrow, Co Laois. It is 24km long walk through forests, rivers, up hills and down into Durrow itself. If it is a fine day, it could be exactly what I need before I tackle the Pyrenees. It is just a start though. I am by no means prepared so hopefully this walk will point me in the right direction.
You can get a closer look at the Leafy Loop on Everytrail.com here.
Since I returned home in June, I’ve begun to look into walking some of the way- marked trails across Ireland. I had previously heard of the Kerry Camino and the Dingle Way and while these are the more popular ones, there are over 40 others that are well marked. Some are longer at over 200km while others, like the Cavan Way, is just over 22km long.
But St. Kevin’s Way from Hollywood to Glendalough has grabbed my attention. Not only is it on my doorstep, it is relatively short at 30km. I haven’t found much information online, other than on IrishTrails.ie and there are a few videos on YouTube. This walk is a pilgrim path akin to the Camino de Santiago and is one of three in Ireland, the other two being in Donegal and Kerry.
A full list of the 43 long and short distance trails in Ireland are found here.
There is no harm in thinking about talking a trip to one of these.
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