Day 2 (Roncesvalles to Akerreta)
Distance: 17.6 miles (28.3KM)
Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes
“You're never too old to start learning, and you're never too young to aim high and achieve great things.” ~ Asa Hutchinson
On the Camino pilgrims often begin to form “Camino Families.” This group becomes the “core” group that you travel with to Santiago. Like any family, you are not always together. However, over the 30+ days, you share many steps together—and maybe a few meals and adult beverages after (or even during) the Camino.
Today, I believe my Camino Family (‘Ohana) began to take shape. They are some wonderful people. We talked a lot during the second half of today’s route. We broke bread together—a long afternoon meal (with of course adult beverages—see there is a theme emerging).
However, the best part, or the most amazing part, the group includes a grandfather, a son, and a daughter. Oh yeah . . . the daughter is nine-years-old! That is right a nine-year-old girl (from New Hampshire) is walking the Camino with her dad and granddad. That is the most amazing thing I have witnessed so far on the Camino. This girl is legit—backpack and everything. She walked 17 miles today—at nine. NINE YEARS OLD!
I’m already planning my 2027 Camino trip with my daughter!
I’m in awe of my new Camino family—even if today is the only day we are all together.
Lesson of the Day: A pilgrim can be anyone—anyone with the heart and determination to make a journey.