By , June 18, 2012 10:44 am

We did it! We put in our biggest week of walking yet (and did it in only six days, to boot) to arrive in Santiago de Compostela on Saturday – a full day earlier than we had been planning on.

Santiago Cathedral

Arriving at the Santiago Cathedral

We walked 177 km this week, but unfortunately did not raise any more money for the Canadian Diabetes Association. We were really hoping to reach our goal of $800 by the time we arrived and, since we didn’t, we have decided… to keep walking! That’s right – our Camino is not finished yet. After a day of rest on Sunday in Santiago, we will lace up our walking shoes once again to start walking to the end of the earth. Literally. We will tackle another 90 km to Finisterra.

We can’t wait to tell you all about our final Camino experiences, but first… we need a little help. We’ll be busy walking for the next few days, so we need you to tweet this article, share it on Facebook, and email it to your family, friends, and coworkers to try and get the word out and the money raised, we would be forever grateful. Then, in three days time, when we reach the end of the earth, we’ll update you on our final Camino stats and reflections, celebrate the fact that we’ve met our fundraising goal (wink, wink), and you can share with us the outcomes of your personal efforts in our Camino challenge to you.

We look forward to hearing your stories and sharing our own. Buen Camino!

In case you missed it, here’s the link to the donation page.

Want to read more about our Camino?  Check it out…

Our Camino, Your Camino… Our Challenge to You
Camino de Santiago Week 1 – Beautiful Landscapes & Unexpected Challenges
Camino de Santiago Week 2 – Getting Past the Pain
Camino de Santiago Week 3 – Feels a Lot Like Home
Camino de Santiago Week 4 – Easy Walking
Camino de Santiago – We Made It to Santiago, But We’re Not Finished Yet!
Camino de Santiago by the Numbers – Our Budget and Stats
Guide to the Camino de Santiago


4 Responses to “Camino de Santiago – We Made it to Santiago, But We’re Not Finished Yet!”

  1. Jenny Smith says:

    Hi guys, I just had to write and tell you how much I have enjoyed following your Camino blog. You really sparked my interest about it when you were staying with us, and then one of my best friends told me she was planning to do it and now we are planning to do it together next year. I feel like I am destined to make the journey myself and have loved reading about your journey from my desk at work.
    Talking of journeys, in 80 days (7 September) Shaun and I will leave our jobs and move on to his parents yacht to start our travels down the east coast of the US from town to city down the inter-coastal water way. We have had some great sailing trips since they arrived 2 months ago and are feeling more excited than ever for our trip. Still no idea of what we will do in January once we have done the east coast of the US but I trust that some great new adventure will emerge from our time sailing. So keep writing and walking and we hope to catch up with somewhere in the world next year over a glass of wine.

    • Ashley Lenzen says:

      Hi Jenny! I think that it’s incredible that you’re going to walk the Camino. I love how much it pulls people into doing it. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

      I bet you can’t wait to start your journey! It’s getting so close! Don’t worry about not having a plan yet… the best opportunities arise as you go.

      Let us know if you start a blog because we would love to keep track of your adventures. Otherwise, we’ll stay in touch in other ways. We definitely want to join you somewhere for that glass of wine and hear all about your journey!

  2. Cathy says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. My husband and I plan to start the Camino in late August and are super excited. Quick question – what kind of camera did you use? Your photos are terrific – and you have a good eye.

    • Mike Lenzen says:


      We took a Canon SD1300 point and shoot camera that we bought in Guatemala after our previous point and shoot was pick-pocketed. It’s a very wide angle lens for this style of camera, which we love, and the optical image stabilization really helps when we are taking photos inside churches without a flash. After being carried in a pocket for almost a year, there is some dust on the image sensor, but it doesn’t take that much work to touch up the photos afterwords. We’ve also taken this camera underwater in an underwater enclosure when we were scuba diving in Honduras. We really like it.

      Normally we carry around both the point and shoot and an SLR. We were quite hesitant to leave the SLR behind, but it seemed to have turned out alright.

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