La Via Tolosana (France) & Camino Aragones (Spain): "The Arles Route" GR653

La Via Tolosana (France) & Camino Aragones (Spain): "The Arles Route" GR653
La Via Tolosana (France) & Camino Aragones (Spain): "The Arles Route" GR653


PLEASE READ: Our Camino For Alzheimer's Awareness will begin on World Azheimer's Day, September 21, 2018 in Lodève, France about 130 kms west of Arles (underlined on the map above and circled on the route profile at the bottom of the page). We plan to walk together just over 800 kms to Puente la Reina, Spain where Annemarie will determine her next steps. It is, however, Geoff's intention to continue onwards a further 700 kms towards Santiago de Compostela. To put this into perspective, the total distance is about the same as from Victoria to Santa Barbara, California. As usual, we will accept the journey as it unfolds and we are appreciative of any and all support. If you feel moved to contribute to the Alzheimer Society please click on either of the really obvious RED BUTTONS to the right or at the bottom of this page and you will be transferred to the Society's fund raising site. We are paying our own expenses and all money raised will go directly to the Alzheimer Society.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Annemarie In Transit - Early Morning Ferry

Alone, A Parallel:

As I begin this journey unexpectedly alone, it occurs to me that people with Alzheimer’s inevitably begin their journey alone. They likely notice the changes in themselves before others do. Even when those close to them notice the changes, they may be reluctant to discuss them. The changes are subtle...forgetting things, difficulty finding the right word or phrase, or just feeling “lost”. In the early days of the Alzheimer journey, as the individual recognizes shifts in themselves, that feeling of aloneness likely visits quite regularly.

Please keep in mind that as you read Annemarie's poetry you can read it from the perspective of someone who has or cares for a person experiencing Alzheimer's, or apply it to our walking experience.


The journey begins...and I find myself alone
It’s not a state to which I am usually prone

I gaze through the patterns before me
Through the mist I take in the changing scenery

I am serene, welcoming the future before me
Early morning sun on my face, just as it should be

I am no alone, not really
There are people all around me

Soon I will join with members of my family
And the circle will grow from there, surrounding me


  1. You are making me cry.

    A start, alone, yet much support.
    Two journeys.
    Different, but the same.