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Again in May 2017

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Today my friends I am thinking about heading for the Camino and walking the across Spain again.

Today I thought I will be Seventy in December 2016 and should treat myself to a long walk.

My health is still good and I am exercise 3-4 time  week so I think I might be able to swing it.

Is any one else thinking about May 2017?


Where was I

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015


After I retired in March 2007 I decided to walk part of the Camino. On the May 24th at 8:00am I started at Roncesvalles heading west.

Today is May 26th 2015 and 8 yeas ago I was Cizus Menor for the night. That story starts on page 24 of my first book, “My Camino de Santiago Adventure.”
I see the first book is full of typos, spelling errors, and grammar issues. Maybe I need to have someone look at this for me. These are one of my weak points.


On May 1st, 2012 I decided to Walk the Walk again. This time I decided to start in St.Jean Pied de Port, go over the mountain, then down hill until Santiago.
Three years ago today I stayed in Carrion in a hotel. My thoughts at that time was to take an extra day to rest.
Yes I wrote another book about “Walking the Walk, Camino de Santiago, 2012.”

One person told me this book has many error in it so this one too needs an editor but no where as bad as the first one.


I am looking for an editor to help me check out my book. If you are good and cheap I am interested.

Both book are available.

My Camino de Santiago Adventure“, by Martin E. Metras, 2009, ISBN:978-0-557-11131-2 Click here Paperback only

Walking the Walk Camino de Santiago 2012“, by Marty Metras, 2013, ISBN:987-1-304-42330-6 Click here paperback, Kindle
This is also available in Nook format through Barnes & Nobles Click here paperback, Nook

My Book is available

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

I just finished my book, “Walking the Walk,Camino de Santiago 2012”

It is available online as of today. Just click on the picture go to the online store.

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Walking the Walk, Camino de Santiago 2012

Walking the Walk, Camino de Santiago 2012

I am still around

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

I have been working on many thing and one of them has not been my pictures. I have been helping a friend with some computer related things and it has slowed me down a little getting my Camino journal notes transcribed into my computer. And it didn’t help that my PC crashed either.

One thing I did learned on the Camino is to say “Oh well! Things will happen when it is time.”

Today I decided to look at my Walking the Walk Blog to see if I get any ideas on where to go from where it was to where I would like it to be.
The first thing I thought is I plan on uploading pictures one of these days so I thought I might want a new look. I found this theme that is based around pictures.For now I will use it until somethings else come to my liking and I change it. So I see many of my posting do not have pictures attached to them. I am not going back from here so I will just add pictures from this point forward.

I will post pictures and captions as they come to mind starting from day one and try to fill in the memories as I go along. I have other things going in my life so it may be slow going for a while but I will be working on this for my enjoyment and I hope yours too.


PS: I tried to do some of this from my iPad and had some problems.
I will work on that so for non I need to be at home or on a PC to do these updates

26-June trying to get near normal

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Don’t say it. Normal for me might not be normal for you.

I have been home since Friday evening and there have been a lot of things I have had to deal with in these 4 days.

There was my car that I already told you about. It is fine. Even with all the prep work I missed a credit-card bill. There was and is still near 10 lbs of mail sitting here to sift through. The lawn needed to be manicured. and still needs a little work. My clothed don’t fit so good any more. I lost 10 to 15 pounds while I was walking the walk. And there is those 1,500 plus emails that are mostly junk but I still have to go through them.

Now this morning I get a call from A T & T that some hacked my web server and it is doing bad things to others. I have that stopped it but I still have to tighten down my security to keep it from happening again. It was easy to stop it. I just unplugged the network cable. I only use this for me and no one need to get to it anyway.

This is just a sample of some of the things I have been dealing with since I have returned home. There is nothing major but I have to deal with them none the less.

On top of this I am still trying to readjust my biological clock to get me back on to Central time. Yes, Jet-leg!

Well I have to deal with the next thing now. I will get to those pictures one of these days.

23-Jun Home

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

I am home today suffering a little from jet-leg.

I arrived home around 6:45 last night on the Metra train. I opened the windows to air out the house because it felt very stuffy in here. Then since there was no food in the house I decided to drive out and eat. Well my car was mad at me for leaving it sit for almost two months. I had a dead battery that’s why Cork had a battery charger on it. It still is a Hybrid and like any machine needs to be used to keep is working well. From sitting so long the brake were rusty a little, the tires were flat on the bottom . The main drive battery was also dead as a door nail from sitting. This is only minor stuff just taking it easy and driving it will take care of all of it. That is what I did. I had just forgotten that would have to deal with this when I returned home. It is all just fine this morning.

So I drove out to eat and walked in the back door at Town and Country and just stood there for a couple of minutes. Viollca looked at me for a few seconds trying to figure out who I was before she recognized me. I knew why she didn’t? She said I lost a lot of weight. And gave me a big hug. I checked my weight this morning and I am down about 15 lbs (7 kg). I didn’t know it until I weighed myself this morning. So now I know another way to lose weight.

So I have turned my cell phone back on and am going through my mail to see if there are any other bill that are late. I missed one credit card payment and will take care of that now.

In the next few days I will be getting caught up with home stuff. Then I will go through my Camino pictures and journal and post some pictures and stores you may not have heard about. I always had my paper and pencil but not always have an internet connection so a lot of the stories are only on paper..

It is good to be home!
Stay tuned,
PS: there is 1500 emails to view. 🙂

3650 miles from home

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

I about to check-in for my flight home. The internet says it is about 3700 miles and my ticket says it will take about 2-1/2 hours to get there. I have just 2 minutes to tell you this so will see you later


Yesterday at home

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

No I’m not home yet!
I just figured this free wifi at the airport in Dublin and it reset my clock on the phone. It says it is yesterday back home.
I was about to take a nap when I saw this ‘WiFi Zone’ sign. So I tried one more time and I got it. Now I can take a nap and enjoy it when I awake.

Good night to you, good morning to me

21-June Dublin

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Well here I am at the Dublin airport and found it is raining since I have been here. After checking to flight time on my ticket I don’t have as much time here as I thought I had. I checked with it information people at the airport and I decided to buy a book and just hang around here.

With the rain the only sightseeing I could do would from the conform of a bus and I would have rather walked around town some. I am tired of being rained on for a while.

Hanging around an airport reading a book and watching people is something you should try once in a while. Now using this internet station here at the Dublin airport I suggest not. it cost too much so I am about ready to log off and go to Starbucks or McDonald’s that are both open all night.

I will be home tomorrow some time if I don’t get lost from the Chicago air post and home.


Dublin another Adventure?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

I fly out of Santiago tomorrow and have a one day layover in Dublin.

I spent some time looking on the internet to see what others think about spending the time while at the Dublin airport for a day. Well their remarks range from 100 sugestions to I´m sorry. So I guess I’ll wait and see what happens when I get there.

Now on the other hand if I found someone else that will be traveling through the Dublin airport tomorrow maybe we could talk over coffee, beer, wine, and/dinner. Maybe one of my pilgrim friends are on the way back home and need someone to hang around with.

In any cast there must be something to do during an 1 day layover. Any ideas?