2023 Jirak Pilgrimage2023-05-15T23:56:46+06:00

Pilgrimage Blog

2805, 2023

70k in One Day (45 miles)

Our second and third day of the day commenced after I had thought I had closed the book on this preposterous idea.  There was no getting around the fact that even if we got to [...]

2605, 2023

Smashing all my previous advice

A few months back I turned 42.  At this middle age, you know that your peak performance has passed.  You know that you have something still left in the tank, but you look at yourself [...]

2505, 2023

The Early Pilgrim

Today, we greeted the dawn much earlier.  By 6:00 am we were up and ready to begin anew. The sun rose in tandem with our spirits. Rather than battling against time, today we were its [...]

2305, 2023

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Prayer

Today has been an extraordinarily long day. As I glance at the clock, it's edging close to 7pm, marking the end of our exhausting yet rewarding journey. It's incredible to think that we started our [...]

2205, 2023


Today was a great day. Today we were united with Blaise and Grace back on the Way. It was wonderful to relive moments with Blaise while watching Grace experience something brand new. Heading out of [...]

1905, 2023

Crossing Bridges

The plan for today was indeed a "Great Plan," but it didn't get off to a perfect start. On the agenda was praying a rosary with the Polish guys, meeting up with Blaise and Grace, [...]

1805, 2023

Universal language of the Rosary

Dominic and Petra trying to figure out how we are going to split up the rosary. Today as we were enjoying our hike between Burguete to Larrasoaña, I noticed a group of three [...]

1805, 2023

Story of Et-Thun

The hike over the Pyrenees is both challenging and breathtaking, a true test for pilgrims setting out from Saint Jean. It was during this difficult stretch of the journey that we came across a group [...]

1705, 2023

Its a Great Plan (F)

With great excitement, we began our journey today from St. Jean Pied de Port.  We arrived in town at about 9pm and had to roam around a while before we found a place for supper.  [...]

1605, 2023

Paths Untraveled

This year's pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago promises to be a unique blend of familiar and new territories. Unlike our previous journeys, our destination won't be the traditional Santiago de Compostela. Instead, we've decided [...]

1505, 2023

Blue Squadron

The day after Josie and I firmly planted our feet on Spanish soil, our vibrant group of fellow travelers – whom I've affectionately dubbed the 'Blue Squadron' – will arrive in Spain. This rather silly [...]

1405, 2023

First Jirak Woman Pilgrim

As I stand on the brink of my fourth Camino journey, and the third within a span of three years, I can't help but reflect on the blessings that have paved the way for this [...]

1405, 2023

From Chaos to Calm

My daughter Josie taking her first plane flight - cool as a cucumber. Sitting in a chair in the sky, I am sweating the details. I have spent several hours over the last couple of [...]

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