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Since having arrived to Saint Jean Pied de Port, I have entered the Camino Frances (French Way).
The full length of the Camino Frances takes the pilgrim from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela. The official stages of the way are:
St. Jean Pied de Port – Roncesvalles – Larrasoana – Pamplona – Puente la Reina – Estella – Los Arcos – Logrono – Najera – Santo Domingo de la Calzada – Belorado – San Juan de Ortega – Burgos – Hornillos del Camino – Castrojeriz – Fromista – Carrion de los Condes – Ledigos – Sahagun – El Burgo Ranero – Mensilla de las Mulas – Leon – Villadalgos del Paramo – Astorga – Rabanol de Camino – Molinaseca – Villa franca del Bierzo – O Cebreiro – Samos – Portomarin – Palas de Rei – Arzua – Monte de Gozo – Santiago de Compostela
Although I have enjoyed my walk so far, and have met wonderful people along the way, the Camino Frances is the main focus of the adventure this time. When you cross the Pyrenees into Spain you almost automatically feel the presence of the spiritual effects of the Camino. Not to write that my walk so far was lacking in spirituality, but it has felt a combination of hiking – getting from A to B – and moments of spiritual infusions. The Camino Frances in comparison is like a soft spiritual blanket which envelopes the pilgrim on their first step out of Saint Jean Pied de Port.
I personally agree that the Camino Frances (for me at least) can be divided into the following subdivisions:
The Past: Saint Jean Pied de Port to Burgos.
The Present: Burgos to Leon.
The Future: Leon to Santiago de Compostela.
Rebirth: Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre (Fisterre).
Tomorrow I continue on to Pamplona, walking as a pilgrim in the midst of my Past.