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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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Two Weeks!

Almost There!! 

Here we are on the cusp of departure! Wow! Just two weeks from now and we will be taking our first actual steps on our Camino For Alzheimer’s Awareness! Over the past 10 months it often seemed as though we would never arrive at this point. There have been so many things to do with more planning than either of us initially expected. Isn’t that always the way? 

We will begin our journey to France with a bit of a detour as we collect our three adult children late next week for the long drive up to the Kootenays to celebrate a family wedding. I can’t remember the last time that we all gathered in one car for a road trip! After an all too short weekend we will return to Vancouver and attempt to get a few hours sleep prior to our departure from YVR on September 17, destination Montpellier, France. 

We’ve enjoyed some wonderful support from family and our many friends who have warmly embraced our project and asked endless questions. They’ve patiently put up with our ongoing progress updates as we moved through the processes of establishing our purpose, sorted out gear and more recently picked up our training pace. We’ve managed to leverage social media to help broadcast our intentions, and of course there is the time proven word of mouth process. So far we’ve received some very generous support to the tune of almost $7,000 and we haven’t even started walking yet. Thank you to all for your support!

Now as we near the final stages of our preparations the time seems to rush towards us like a strong Pacific storm surging ashore. There are still a few things left to do before we depart, but now we can almost see the airplane waiting for us in Vancouver. 

We will see Kathy tomorrow to find out how her “walking, walking, walking” preparations have evolved, but mostly we are gathering the family to celebrate her 65th birthday! And celebrate it we will. 

Be ready, be prepared
Our journey ahead beckons 
Familiar - yet not

Geoff & Annemarie

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