Camino del Norte a Chimayo

Day One  |  San Luis, Colorado  |  Miles 3.68

One of the Stations of the Cross...

Day Two  |  San Luis, Colorado to Costilla, New Mexico  |  Miles - 22.35

Ann  - heading toward Costilla...

Dave...

An improvement over my 1985 Reeboks...

Ann

Sock liners are the bomb diggity...

These Salomons and I were not simpatico; thankfully REI has a good return/exchange policy...

One of those tiny thin lines is our road into Garcia which led us to Costilla for the night...

Going to lose that second toenail on the right foot...

Jen's sage...

A wonderful respite after a very long, hot day; these folks (on the truck) were so friendly and cool...

Day Three  |  Costilla, NM to Questa, NM  |  Miles - 22.27

The valley is our destination in this one...

Jen's talisman, Beeker...

Pit stop for lunch and blister inspection...

Loving playing with the pano shots on my new camera...

Ann...

Jen Bunny...

Mary...

Dave...

Ann...

St. Anthony's in Questa...

Like each of the towns we stayed in along the way, the folks of Questa were incredibly warm and welcoming to our little group...

Mike getting his credenciales signed...

DayFour  |  Questa, NM to Arroyo Seco, NM  |  Miles - 21.4

Day Five  |  Arroyo Seco, NM to Ranchos de Taos, NM  |  Miles - 17.93

Taos Pueblo...

Day Six  |  Ranchos de Taos, NM to Penasco, NM  |  Miles - 17.03

Day Seven |  Penasco, NM to Truchas, NM  |  Miles - 16.1

San Jose de Gracia Church in Trampas, NM...

Picked up this little guy, Pitou, in Taos to keep me company on my journeys...

Day Eight  |  Truchas, NM to Chimayo, NM  |  Miles - 10.94

Jen is a special person; so glad to have met her on this Camino!

Coming to the end...

Ruth, Mike, and friend pulling in for the last half mile to Santuario de Chimayo...

We made it just in time for 10:00 Mass...

...which I did not attend (feeling a little sick from something I ate or drank earlier that morning)...

Final meal together...

Mary was an angel - keeping us hydrated along our trek (gracias por todo, Mary)...

Jan, 71...

Jan's husband, Mike (78) - absolute rock star...

Awww, Jen Bunny!  

Some phone cam shots taken by either Jennifer or myself (click to advance)...

From Sunday to Sunday, I walked almost 132 miles (including off trail); I feel great - better than I thought I would, in fact. Didn't eat 95% of the food I packed thanks to the wonderful communities who fed us along the way. Know a few things I'm going to make adjustments on moving forward. Definitely need to try a different hiking shoe. Met some very nice people. Other than that - still processing this journey and will come back to share my thoughts after I have time to unpack and sift through them. Buen Camino ")