Sandy and I took a 5 mile training hike today. It was a beautiful sunny day which was so much better than yesterday’s 10 inch snowfall and blizzard. No complaints about the moisture though as we are struggling through another drought season here in the Rockies.
I really like the time which hiking provides for one to think. While hiking today, many of my thoughts turned to our upcoming hike along the Camino de Santiago. I started wondering why the most popular route, the French way, begins at such a small town on the French side of the Pyrenees. The French Way traditionally begins in Saint Jean Pied de Port, just across the Spanish border in France. I mean, why didn’t it start at a more well traveled French city? Amazingly it came to me a mile or so down the trail that the Camino Frances starts at a village named Saint John and ends at Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of Saint James. If nothing else symbolically bringing the 2 brothers, Apostles Saint John and Saint James together.
Who knows if this is the real reason. But this is what I am going with unless educated otherwise.