Saturday, August 17, 2013

Continuing the Walk

The intent in designing El Camino de los Santos is to be an ongoing camino experience.  As we seek to promote development we will continue to look at alternate routes.  As current construction along US Route 34 continues - we are limited in safe routes to recommend.  We have been told that a bike/walking path is planned between Yorkville and Plano. This would create a shorter route and allow future trekkers access to facilities such as toilet facilities and food - two important ingredients of any trek.  Shown below is one trek that avoids back country roads and follows a major highway - more noisy - less meditative - but shorter and closer to the above facilities.  We offer it as one alternate.  As we look at other routes - those will be added.
Ultimately - we would like to develop an interesting and safe lollipop loop - to make this camino as enjoyable as possible for future participants.

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Buen Camino
Dale and Arlene

Saturday, August 10, 2013

August Update

The time has come to let this Camino now take a rest.  It has served us well as a training tool for the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  We are now double checking our list of equipment and preparing to head to Spain.  Our hope is that other trekkers will discover this blog and walk their own Camino de los Santos.  Hopefully by next spring all the major road construction will be completed and other paths to Saint Mary in Plano and Saint Patrick in Yorkville will be developed.  There is some redundancy in the present Camino - but we have been looking at alternate routes which we will publish in the future.  Discussion is underway with both parishes to develop permanent Camino teams to continue to promote the concept of walking pilgrimages - for both teens and adults. 

Work is progressing on the new shrine in Yorkville and should be mostly completed by next April or May.  With the new shrine and alternate paths we have hope for continuance of this Camino.

As we move from this blog we return to Dale and Arlene's Camino - we hope you follow our adventure into and across northern Spain.  We are allowing ourselves 45 days in Spain - so with the grace of God and using good old common sense we will be able to make it all the way to Saniago de Compostela and the "end of the world"!

Buen Camino
Dale and Arlene