Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Last year, at this time, I posted about a friend who walked  the last part of the Camino de Santiago (125 miles) from Leon to Santiago Spain.
It was quite an amazing fete because you see, not too many years ago, Ernie who is a doctor in West Texas, was badly injured in a biking accident. Seems a little lady, who was past the age of someone who should be driving, hit Ernie from behind while he was biking early one morning.. She said she had a hard time seeing, so she always drove on the shoulder of the road.
Amazingly Ernie did survive and I was delighted to post his daily journal of his walk on this blog, although I never did inquire about the significance of that seashell.
 On Top o Pike's Peak
Well Ernie has just announced that he will walk the Camino again this year (in June) for his 72nd birthday. This time with his 15 year old grandson Eirik. I can't imagine a more wonderful memory for Eirik to have. I by the way have requested to again be on the email list. Stay tuned.

To read the history of this walk go : HERE


  1. I did so enjoy following the walk through your posts. I am off on another long distance walk in a couple of weeks called the Dales walk.If the weather is good it will be delightful.

  2. Amazing he has recovered so well, The shell is the Jacobs shell, the symbol of the Camino. Google it, you find more information than I can tell here.

  3. Although long associated with the miracles of St.James, I have also understood the shell to have been used by pilgrims as a useful tool whilst travelling on the Santiago journey. Used for scooping water to drink, and for receiving alms in the way of food on the journey. In other words it was a very useful little implement that fitted in the brim of your hat, showed that you were a pilgrim, but was always handy for refreshments.

    1. That is interesting. Now I know. thanks Rosemary.

  4. Wonderful story! Good for this man! Enjoyed hearing about the seashell and its purpose.