Assumption of our Lady on Camino

Assumption of our Lady on Camino

Wow, this Camino thing is something!

My apologies for lack of posts.  Simply put, this whole Camino thing and the ability to post is not as easy as I thought.  First, I never thought the Camino would be easy, just didn’t expect that it would be this challenging.

I am now done Day 9! 210 km completed and 570 km to go!

Physically, I am feeling pretty good.  Each day has brought its challenges.  Whether going up & up, or the most difficult, going down & down.  And steep.  Fortunately, my knees and hips have held up really well.  However, the last day or so the bottom of my feet are really sore.  The odd blister, but the ache in my feet is something I have not experienced before.  I attribute it to the downhill and the very hot weather the last few days (+30 C).

We have had  it all regarding weather except snow, ice and hail.  Days 2 & 3 were rain.  Light to heavy rain, warm to really cold rain.  Through all of it, I am grateful to Big Red ( my poncho ). Big Red has kept me dry and warm.
And I have experienced the heat of Spain.  Oh my goodness.  I have never sweat as much or for so long.   The last few days of heat have left me exhausted.

As you know, I decided to do the Camino on my own, not with someone or a group. I have met so many people.   There are stories to tell and I have been trying to keep notes. For now, here are the countries: Spain, France, Belgium, Norway,  Netherlands, Denmark, England, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Korea,
US, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia and, of course, a few Canadians, and I have probably missed a few.

Some I have shared a meal or a beer or a dormitory.  And all on the same path, pilgrimage of the Camino. Frankly, I am still digesting the encounters.  As you know, I consider life sacred and each encounter is not by chance but rather by God’s will.  Lots to ponder.

Today is August 15, the Assumption of our Lady.  I decided to take today as a rest day.  So I walked from Logrono to Naverrete Spain, 15km and flat!  Well mostly flat. Arrived around noon and will relax now.    Was really inspired by noon Mass (Church was packed) then the procession following.  Wow.

Before I sign off, I want to extend my blessings and congratulations to my daughter, Theresa, and my son-in-law, David, on their wedding anniversary.

Thank you all, again, for your prayers and support- it means a lot to me.  Be assured of my prayers!

Buen Camino


About the Author:

Ordained Deacon in 2006 for the Diocese of Hamilton, Canada. Married to Joanne (since 1982). A father, grandfather and a retired business professional.


  1. John Moss August 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    God be with you Deacon Randy. Thank you for the posts. I pray you continue to meet God in your “Camino”Ian’s. Stay safe. I hope to hear of your journey in person after your return. Your brother in Christ, Deacon John

  2. peter claessens August 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Enjoying reading about your journey- take good care!

  3. Mark August 27, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks my friend
    God Bless & Buen Camino

    Vaya con Dios

  4. Paul Muller September 12, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Have been thinking about you, and praying for a blessed and safe adventure. But haven’t regularly been on your Blog. So now will read your posts, in chronological order, and commenting.

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