For the next 5 weeks, we’ll be posting updates from PAPYRUS Supporter George as she embarks on a pilgrimage known as ‘The Way of St James’. She is walking the route in memory of her daughter, Sophie.
If you would like to make a donation to support George on Sophie’s walk, you can do so here.
22/5/19 – Day 5
“After an emotional goodbye to my amazing brother Billy, who has looked after me since St. Jean, we left Pamplona and climbed up to Alto del Perdon. A most beautiful walk in the sunshine. People who have watched “The Way” will recognise the sculptures (see image below).
I scattered some of Sophie’s ashes and she flew away into the wind. Once over the hills we were into serious arable agricultural land. No more horses like before Pamplona, just fields of wheat, barley and oats, all beautifully surrounded by poppies.
Refuge tonight, 5 euros each!
21/5/19 – Day 4
Our walk today involved ups and downs along the River Arga where I scattered some of Sophie’s ashes in the sunshine. She is with us!
Pamplona is pleasant and noisy. Celebrations were happening as the team have been promoted. To what league, who knows?
Great evening in good company despite the food!”
20/5/19 – Day 3
“Better weather and a longer walk of 28k.”
19/5/19 – Day 2
“Rain, cold, wind and a touch of snow.
After much faffing and doubt on my part, we decided to walk the high route despite the weather. Only one photo from today as there was no visibility. If yesterday was boot camp, today was endurance.
I had intended to rest some of Sophie’s ashes at the highest point, but it was too cold and wet for me and I didn’t want to leave her there, even though she was a toughie in that respect.
Writing this in Hotel Ronscesvalles’ bar, where Sophie would sit with a pint!!
More in two days from Pamplona (hopefully) with some sunshine (hopefully).
18/5/19 – Day 1
After the train to St. Jean, we faced what I found to be a challenging walk of nearly 5 miles uphill.
I followed the others, but the highlights were seeing eagles and a red kite; and the night’s hostel suddenly appear!”
17/5/19 – Beginning the journey
“Mishaps, delays and misbehaviour!
Due to delays we chanced an earlier train with invalid tickets to the airport and succeeded. We must look like innocents!
The time saved was of no use whatsoever as flight badly delayed
In the meantime, having forgotten to weigh myself pre-Camino, I was caught by airport staff using the baggage check in machine! Marian laughed before I was told off as it simply read ‘machine overload’!”
16/5/19 – Introduction
“The Way of St James (Camino) is a long distance footpath with a difference. For hundreds of years it has been a pilgrimage from a variety of places in Europe to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. I am hoping to complete the 800 kilometre route from St jean de Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees.
I start on Saturday 18th May. I am walking with and in memory of our beautiful daughter Sophie who took her own life on 19th December 2018. It is going to be called “Sophie’s Walk”; and I intend to continue to raise awareness of, and even funds for PAPYRUS, the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
My ongoing story will be published every few days here on the PAPYRUS website and potentially also in the Westmoreland Gazette.
Thank you in anticipation of your support.
We will be posting regular updates from George as she takes on ‘The Way of St James’ in memory of Sophie. If you would like to make a donation to support George on Sophie’s walk, you can do so here.