2018 Camino Trek to Benefit Smile Network – Day 3

We are 60 kilometers into our trek. Every morning we are up before the sun to beat the heat of the day as we set out on another 20 Kilometer hike.

Spirits are high as we complete the third day. We are half way to our destination. Over the course of the next six days we will walk 100 kilometers to our destination of Santiago Spain.

We have dubbed the trek the “food, wine and sunshine tour.” We have had a few laughs and a few tears have fallen. We are supported in the effort by each other and the donors who have generously contributed to the fundraising efforts of our group. To date, thirty-two children will receive life-altering surgeries as a result of the efforts of these amazing individuals.



The Camino Continues

Greetings from Pontevedra Spain and the 2018 Portuguese Camino trek to benefit Smile Network!

Thank you to all the participants and the donors 30 children will receive life-altering surgeries as a result of the participation of the trekkers and the donors that generously supported their efforts.

The Journey Begins

We were greeted by a glorious Portuguese sunrise this morning as we began our journey on the Camino. We hiked over 15 kilometers today under partially sunny skies. Thunder and lightning threatened us all day but we stayed ahead of the storm as we walked through the castle towns of Valença, Portugal and Tui, Spain. We completed today’s hike in just under seven hours.

Tonight we are resting our weary leg muscles in salt water pools and jet baths and getting massages so we can do it all over again tomorrow!

Everyone is in good spirits and doing great!

A Day of Exploring


We total Ten. Nine outgoing and fast-talking women, and one brave man.

We range in age from 47 to 66.

We come from Minnesota, Wyoming, Washington and South Carolina.

Within the first 24 hours of our arrival into Europe we lost one passport, a brand new Iphone 10, one suitcase, and a pair of sunglasses, but no one lost their humor. Not even Chanah when she tore ligaments in her knee. But don’t worry, she went to the hospital and has been fitted with a brace and she is still walking the Camino.

By the way, all lost items found their way back to their owners because of the kindness of many Spaniards.

Our first day was off to a relaxing start to get acclimated to the time zone and indulge in the local culinary specialties like Padron Peppers, Alborino wine, mussels, clams, the local cheeses and custard tart pastries. We all plan to lose a few pounds as we walk the last 100 kilometers of the Camino, however, our weight loss regime did not get off to a good start.

We start the Camino this morning on the Portuguese route in the town of Valencia, Portugal. We will walk 22 kilometers to O Porrino Spain.

Stay tune for stories and photos!