Recent and Planned Walks

Camino Budapest-to-Santiago — 2020

Background: In late December 2019, Andrea Vitiello at info.viapostumia@gmail.comVia Postumia Project (a Camino from Aquileia to Genoa, Italy). After years of work Andrea and fellow collaborators succeeded in connecting Budapest  (Aquincum, eastern border of the Roman Empire, with the Pannonicus limes) with Santiago de Compostela, (Finisterre) the end of the world. Andrea made use of a collaboration, with the Associations with whom he had been exchanging information for years, each member contributing in his own area of the work. Today it is possible to travel on foot or by bike from Budapest and arrive in Santiago through Italy, using the routes depicted on the map below:

Plan: Beginning in late April, I will begin my trek in Budapest and walk to the Slovenian border (on Via Pannonia).  But I will skip over Slovenia and go directly to Trieste, Italy, saving Slovenia for another time, perhaps as part of the European Peace Walk. Although the plan right now is to take Via Postumia from Trieste, Italy to Genoa, Italy. Both segments will total 855 miles (1368 km). Because recent outbreaks of Coronavirus were announced in Milan (on Feb. 24, 2020), I may have to rethink my journey!

Via de la Plata (Part 2) – 2019

In the spring of 2019, I walked a 115-mile stretch along the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia followed by a visit to relatives in Austria, and then the Part 2 of my Via de la Plata (that I started in 2007). I walked 290 miles from Salamanca to Santiago via the Camino Sanabres.

Innsbruck-to-Rome – 2018

In April 2018, I walked from Innsbruck, Austria over the Alps into Italy, following much of Ferdinand Treml’s German guidebook, Der Pilgerweg nach Rom, down to Padua.  Then I took the train to Florence and picked up the Camino de Assisi in Florence and walked it to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, the founder of the Franciscan religious order as well as Italy’s patron saint. From Assisi to Rome, I  followed the Way of Francis. It was an unforgettable journey, especially meeting our grandson, Kurtis, and his wife, Jesse, in Rome. The three of us spent a week in Rome and to add icing to the cake, one of my daughters (Marjie) along with her partner (Mark), overlapped the end of their vacation to Greece with us for several days.

Via Regia – 2016

In 2016, I walked the Via Regia: starting in the south-eastern town of Medyka, Poland (close to Przemysl on the Ukraine border) going through Poland and then as far as a visa will allow, through Germany, France, and Spain to end at Santiago de Compostela. Although I originally looked at starting in Kiev, Ukraine, I soon gave up on that idea because of language, political unrest, and sheer logistics. The three-month Schengen-treaty limitation might have compelled me to return in 2017 for a phase II were it not for a pre-Schengen agreement between Poland and the USA. As my walking buddy, Eddie, suggested, I should be applying for political asylum to escape the crazy political scene playing out in the USA for 2016. Read about my adventure.

Via Regia

 

Via Regia – 2015

In 2015, I tested a small portion of the Via Regia in eastern Germany, from Görlitz on the Polish border via Leipzig to Vacha during May, 2015. Because of train strikes, I fell short by two days making it to Eisenach instead of Vacha. (See my blog: Via Regia 2015.) This stretch was a golden opportunity to experience a part of Europe not yet totally modernized–I loved it, the slower pace and a simpler life. Read about my adventure.

Portuguese Camino – 2014

In May 2014, I walked the Portuguese Camino, one of the many routes of the Camino de Santiago De Compostela. Read about my adventure.

Historic California Missions Trail – 2012

I started the walk of the Historic California Missions Trail on the 22nd of September, 2012 and completed it on November 13th. It took 53 days and I invite you to read about my adventure. I completed my book My Mission to Walk in 2014, but elected not to publish it.

Camino Frances – 2011

In 2011, I walked the Camino Frances again.

Via de la Plata (Part 1) – 2007

In 2007, I walked a good part of the Via de la Plata.

Camino Frances – 2004

In 2004, I walked the Camino Frances.

Don’t ask me to pick the Camino I liked best—they were all an adventure.