Meandering to Jerusalem


Apr 2011 24

More Pictures

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Hi! It has been a while. We have been wandering in India since leaving Jerusalem. I have finally prepared and posted some pictures of Jordan and Israel. Click here to go to the picture index.

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Feb 2011 08

Pictures of Egypt

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I just finished adding two pages of pictures of our days in Egypt.
 
All goes well with us in India these days. Petra’s leg is mending well.

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Jan 2011 13

Postscript

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With the end of the Pilgrimage to Jerusalem comes the end of this journal. It is still missing pictures from the last few weeks and I will put them out for you in the next couple days to a couple weeks (I’ll announce them). Now, we are on our way to spend a couple months in India to rest, recover, and sidestep winter in the US.
 
Until I post the last pictures, Ciao.

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Jan 2011 02

2011 already

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Happy New Year!


We wish you all a wonderful and joyous new year. While we are at it, we wish you the same for the rest of your lives.


We remain in Jerusalem wandering the city. Petra lived through a bout of intestional uproar yesterday otherwise our health is good enough.
 
We have been walking so long it is hard to figure out how to stop. But neither of us are excited about returning to a US winter. Our current inclination is to spend a couple mounths in India to improve our health and then to return to the US in March. But that could change tomorrow. As I implied in the opening sentence, “How do we stop after two years on the road?”

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Dec 2010 27

We have arrived

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On 23 December we walked into the old city of Jerusalem, the goal of our Walking East pilgrimage. Though we will surely walk more in the future, this stage is done.
 
In the days since we arrived we have visited several pilgrimage sites here in Jerusalem. We spent a few hours on Christmas day in Bethlehem including a visit to the nativity sight.
 
The 12-day guided tour was tiring and not always what we were looking for. It was a first for both of us and it will be the last. It is not our thing. It was neither our pace nor our style. But it was necessary this time and it did give us an overview of many of the major sights. And it was a slower entry into Jerusalem than an airplane would have been.
 
We never thought we would walk into Jerusalem with a tourist bus. But that’s the way we came, staying for a few days in 5-star hotels and now back to pilgrim hostel standards.
 
As we started, one of our goals was to see how we would change after such a long walk. Tired this morning, I quipped that the answer seemed to be: I can feel that I am two years older with sore feet. But I know there are other more positive things that will float up in the coming days.
 
We will stay in Jerusalem a few more days reviewing the past 700 days and deciding what to do next.
 
Thanks to all of you who have stayed with us and supported us through these almost two years.

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Dec 2010 22

Dead Sea/Salt Sea

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We continue to flow throughthe Middle East at the rate of a fast mountain stream bouncing from ancient sight to ancient sight. It is good, interesting, and tiring.
 
After leaving Amman the other day we visited Mt. Nebo where Moses saw the “Promiced Land” and promptly died. We struggled for two hours passing Israeli customs at the border. Then it was on past Jerusalem to Tel Aviv after a quick stop at Jappa.
 
We went north the next day visiting many places including Nazereth. We stayed in Tiberius on Lake Galilee for that night and the next. That next day we made a circle of several sites north of Lake Galilee returning via the northern Golan Heights where the Syrians liked to shoot down on the Israelies before the 1967 war when the Israelis took it from them. This day started with a boat ride on Lake Galilee for an hour or so.
 
Today we started with the baptism of several in the Jordan River and then headed down to the sourthern Ded Sea with several stops along the way. We floated in the Dead Sea when we arrived–an odd feeling. Tomorrow it’s on to Jerusalem for three more days.

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Dec 2010 18

Amman, Jordan

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Hi Everyone. We are in Amman, Jordan tonight after a day in Petra. We were two days in Cairo and the next day I (Mike) climbed to the top of Mt. Sinai (7 hrs round trip). It was a very long day but worth every step. Today was wonderful in Petra. Petra, my Petra, road a horse and a camel. She is in love with the camel.
 
Petra’s leg is tired at night but ok in the morning. She needs her ice in the evening. I’m doing well. But we both quite tired and stressed often with the pushing and deadlines for getting to the bus. The program is too full. The tour is giving us places to stop and visit later. It passes through them too fast to see things in any depth.
 
We have to get up before 6 tomorrow morning so I leave this short since it is already 10:15 pm. Just wanted to let you know we are well –and very busy.

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Dec 2010 08

Update

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What have we been doing? Many little things. And many big steps for Petra. Here are some.
 
2 Nov-This is an island of steep ups and downs. Petra walked downhill a few hundred meters (yards) 2 miles (3 km) towards town (Foria). It was too much, too soon. We got a taxi to return. But two days later we took the bus to town and walked it all up, 4 km (2.5 miles) that time. She was tired but not to the point of exhaustion as when walking down. Walking down is a lot harder than walking up. It needs far different muscles, muscles that aren’t there yet.
 
3 Nov-Petra stands on the healing leg for the first time and rolls on a ball with the other to work on balance.
 
4 Nov-We dance a slow dance together.
 
6 Nov-Petra announces, “I now have a healing leg, not a broken leg.”
 
7-8 Nov-The leg is much better. Petra can roll her feet as she walks.
 
A few days ago Petra was walking on only one side of her body. Her left hip was already rusted, frozen. The waters have helped it to “un-rust” as Petra puts it. Now she is back using both sides. Step by step, every step is important as she relearns how to walk again. She walks inside and nearby outside with no crutches. But she still carries one for security when we venture up or down the road.
 
We have been here 9 days now. The thermal waters and physiotherapy are helping her a lot. The people here are really good for that. In a week from today we will be standing at the foot of the pyramids. Petra feels she’ll be ready for that and the next 13 days of bussing and seeing.
 
They call the island we are on, “The Rock.” That’s what it is, a volcano that hasn’t erupted since 1301. But all the ground water is thermal. You cannot get cold water out of the ground. So there are many hot springs spas here. They have to get their cold drinking water all the way from Naples.
 
Ischia is a large island with a lot of houses even in the center. If the volcano ever erupts again there will be a lot of houses burnt. The other day I walked ten kilometers (6 miles), mostly up, around the Island to the south and into what was the vent of the volcano. A bus brought me back. I have to keep my muscles in tone too.
 
Once again thanks to all of you who have sent us good wishes. We appreciate every one of your words.
 


 
I have the final two pages of pictures of Spain online now. Click Pictures above to see them.

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Dec 2010 04

Foria, Ischia, Italy

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We are doing well on the Island of Ischia. Petra is walking regularly with no crutch when the way is flat and uniform and she even can stand on the broken leg.
 
This is a pretty place when it is not raining–it took three days to get over raining after we first arrived.
 
I added some pictures from the Camino time in Spain that were not there before. See Picctures tab and the ones marked “Added 4 Dec.”

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Nov 2010 27

New Pictures

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I have been lax at updating the pictures pages. Today I added a new page of pictures of our walk just before we stopped this summer in Arles. To see them click Pictures on the menu above and scroll down. The new entry is marked.
 


 
We are still scheduled to leave Madonnina di Grappa here in Sestri Monday. We have had a restful time here and Petra has gone from two crutches to one to sometimes none in the two weeks we have been here. The ladies running the place have been delightful. We thank them for everything.

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