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11th December 2017

Comment from Kay Houck Cummings:
A short time before the missionaries were to board the ship, The Steel Adder, heading to Vietnam and China, my Dad was helping load up the steel barrels that missionaries used to ship their household goods overseas back in the 40's. A barrel lipped and struck my Dad;s foot. The injury was so painful he couldn't even bare the weight of a sheet on it, so slept with his foot in a cardboard box, then covered with a sheet. The doctor gave him crutches to walk and said there was NO way he'd be sailing on the Steel Adder in a few days. My Dad believed that they were to go to Vietnam on that ship. In reading his Bible in the book of Psalms he read..."and thou shalt TREAD on the lion and the adder." He thought to himself tread doesn't mean limp on board with crutches, so he stepped out of bed and firmly put his injured foot down on the floor and was instantly healed. When they went to the doctor he commented that he was not a religious man, but there was no other explanation but that it was a MIRACLE!!! As you can see from the photo my parents and sister sailed to Vietnam on the Steel Adder in 1947! True story!
From Blog: The Beginning
23rd October 2017

Love the pilgrimages
I'm thinking about doing one of my own (or more) in Japan, I'm still deciding on which one though, they have several interesting ones. :)
24th October 2017

Japanese pilgrimages
Go for it! I've become acquainted with the pilgrimages in Japan as a consequence of my other pilgrimages. Many Japanese also walk the Camino de Santiago because of that connection.
20th October 2017
The inner German border as it ends in the Baltic Sea

I've been searching for this picture
I've been searching for this picture. Not this exact one, but one of the border where it meets the Baltic Sea. My mom was an American student studying German, and she went abroad to Germany for a few months (in 1984 or 85 I believe, probably around the same time as this picture). The most interesting story she told me was about when she spent a few weeks in a town along the Inner German border and the Baltic Sea. There was only a small fence that divided between East and West Germany. The locals had told her to be careful, because when the tide came in, the fence on the beach wasn't visible, and it would be very easy for her to cross accidentally. They said there had been instances of tourists walking along the beach, accidentally entering East Germany, and getting stuck there. I've always been intrigued by this story, and I've always wondered what the border looked like at the sea. Unfortunately, she did not have any pictures. As a 20 year-old American tourist, she was probably too nervous to take a picture of it. I wonder if this was the same place she was talking about.
20th October 2017
The inner German border as it ends in the Baltic Sea

You've found the picture...
this is the Inner German Border as it meets the Baltic. I hope you read my blog with accounts of other weird things at this border point. Thanks for commenting!
6th October 2017

Remember meeting at the fair?
We had a lot of fun playing badminton. We played with Joe Broom too right?! I remember when you said you would meet me at the fair. When you found me you said it was easy. All you had to do was "jump up in the air and look for my head above the others." Your dad was a great tour guide. I remember when he took us to the River Kwai (and other places). Remember when your dad took us to meet Cardinal Spellman at the base? I still remember what your Grandpa Northcott did!
6th October 2017

We share so many memories...
and some I've forgotten. Thanks for bringing them back to me.
19th August 2017

Good Walk and Full of Interest.
Great to read this and hear about some of the other areas of Norway. As you know I go to Norway every year{ apart from this one }, and it is good to see there are plenty of options to go see. I will have to start planning next year when Di's leg is fully recovered. Clad the weather held up for you, which can be a problem sometimes, and when it is fine Norway can be an amazingly scenic place. Also nice people and great food.
20th August 2017

Pilgrims
You have a choice of pilgrimages with Norway or Spain. I look forward to your choice!
26th July 2017

the summer of 1993
In the summer of 1993, I was one of the sport entertainers at Port Bourgenay for kids from 6-12 years old. So there is a big chance they were in my group. I was wondering do you have any photos of that time, with the guys from the entertainment team?
28th July 2017

Nice to hear from you
I sent you four pictures of the children in various activities at Port Bourgenay in 1993. I'm sorry that none include adults.
23rd July 2017
Crossing the river

Nice read
Last year we hiked in northern England for a week. We loved it and we are now looking for other interesting hikes. This just made the list of potential ones thanks to you./Ake
23rd July 2017

What a walk !
hej Bob I have just caught up with your wonderful experiences on the walk. Am full of admiration for you, and sounds like it it very easy to get lost !!! I have experienced thata few times on walks in Sweden .. everyone seems to have made you welcome and that is the great thing about travelling ..the people you meet. That's what I find with my house swapping. I wondered if you had an average km per day ? Sounds like some of the walks wee quite long in between rest stops. Thanks for an interesting blog.
26th July 2017

Miles per day
The average was about 9 miles/day with the maximum of 11 miles. I like to keep the maximum under 10.
22nd July 2017
Fish soup with Estrella beer

Comfort food
Now that is my kind of lunch.
22nd July 2017
Along the way on the first day

like a postcard
Wow, this looks like it's straight from a stunning book of postcards. Love the blue bike which contrasts beautifully with the sight of the house and your insights on pilgrims. Nice trip you had!!!
21st July 2017
Bob with the St. Olavs letter

Just in case
You carry it like a passport to Heaven, Bob...or is a trophy!!!
22nd July 2017
Bob with the St. Olavs letter

Just a trophy!
Us goal oriented people love to collect such trophies. A lot of work for a piece of paper!
21st July 2017
Bob arriving at kilometer 0 at the Nidaros Cathedral on the tenth day

Oh to be a pilgrim
Well done Bob...Camino now St Olavsleden Pilgrimage. Reckon when the bell tolls you'll have no difficulty finding the stairway to Heaven.
21st July 2017

A life of travel
Seriously, what is the deal with those light switches? That happened to me in Greece once .... remind me to tell you that story next time I see you. Had to laugh at your opportunities to get lost. The Norwegian people sound marvelous. Why do you think there are so few pilgrims? This sounds like a great place to walk. Love the cow photos. We've been to the town of Hell on Grand Cayman. It's all about people...you've summed it up well. That is how Dave and I feel about travel. We often go to pubs because people usually seem more talkative. I love the cow photos. We are eager to hear what adventure you plan for next year. Great blog.
21st July 2017

Why so few pilgrims?
Perhaps this blog will help spread the word to those where the St. Olavsleden is a great fit!
21st July 2017

Simply wonderful!
Way to go Bob! I am so glad that you made the trip. You had been waiting this for long. And we waited to hear the story! I liked the bull,cow and the moo-moo part. You had the courage to take a photoshot before you were rescued by the driver. An of course you have to try the Thai food!! I admire your perseverance and we all take our inspiration from that. A big Thank You for sharing the great story with us!
12th June 2017
Tara and Bob next to megalithic building blocks

Nice photo
Travel blog connecting people.
1st June 2017

Dance, dance, dance
Dancing brings joy to everyone. It is great that you saw the dancers and could alert others. Why was it not well advertised? I can see the attraction of coming to Woodland Park. I laughed when you asked about the cookies but in Colorado it is likely that they were something else.
1st June 2017

Not well advertised...
that's the Morris Dancer tradition...just show up without notice and disrupt in a very happy way. I saw a similar event in Burgos where street actors took over all the sidewalk cafes and had fun with the customers.

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