Recent and Planned Walks

Innsbruck-to-Rome – 2018

In April 2018, I am planning a walk 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 plan to pick up the Camino de Assisi in Florence and walk 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 plan to follow the Way of Francis.

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 – 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.