Training for Portuguese Camino 2014

D-7 Getting Close to Leaving for the Portuguese Comino

Relaxed today–only 8 mi (13 km) after a killer day yesterday. Visited our neighbor Sherri, in a Rehab Center now for over 2 years. I keep hoping she’ll get the strength and I keep trying to inspire her to get well, but no success.

D-8 Training for Portuguese Camino

Today’s 13.7 miles (22 km) were a killer, which means I’m getting close to where I want to be. The walk took me down to the Ventura Harbor. On the way I saw a bit of Nietschean humor– check out these BMW license plates. On further, celery was frantically harvested to make the Easter dinner table. And field workers down the road wasted no time loading flats of strawberries onto trucks. Their hard work motivated me to pick up my pace.

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D-12 Training for the Portuguese Camino

Today’s 10-mile walk from the house took me past the Olivas Adobe, an estate once part of the San Buenaventura Mission that after secularization in 1834 ended up in the hands of faithful military servants the Olivas family who had 21 children at this residence. It’s the only adobe in the area and quite a place to visit. They had the annual family day today. Afterwards I passed by the Ventura Marina and went on to the Ventura Harbor. Check out the pics.

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D-13 Training for Portuguese Camino

Walked 11.4 miles (18 km) in a big loop around Ventura that took me past strawberry and celery fields and a rest at the nearby golf course. Strawberries are picked nearly all through the year at some fields in the area. Workers are hustling here even on a Saturday. Check out these pics:

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D-16 Portuguese Camino Getting Closer

With 2 weeks to go, I did a nine miler with back pack this morning starting from our Ventura City Hall and Fra Junipero Serra’s statue watching over the city. The surfers were out, pelicans looking for food all around them as I took a break on a bench overlooking the ocean waves gently rolling in–only 3 to 4 footers for the surfers, but they had fun as did I.

Check these pics out, standing in front of City Hall and then looking down the street toward the ocean. The opening scene of the “Way” shoots up to the statue of Fra Serra!

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D-18 Training for the Portuguese Camino

Yesterday and today were tough days. Yesterday I did 13.5 miles (21 km) with NO backpack. Today only 8.2 mi (but with 20 pounds stuffed into my backpack. A beautiful day as I went by our Ventura Marina. Check out the two photos.

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D-29 Training for Portuguese Camino

Only 29 days until I leave for Lisbon to meet up with Jean. He and I will walk the Portuguese Camino from there. Here I am with Anita who organized a 12-mile walk in Southern California near our goal of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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