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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-six years old and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".

Peregrinos, Ponte Maceria, and The Balrog

“Watch out now, take care Beware of greedy leaders They take you where you should not go While weeping atlas cedars They just want to grow, grow and grow”- George Harrison  The concept that life is a repeat performance on … Continue reading

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Arriving at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

 It is with great satisfaction, considerable emotional upheaval, and deep gratitude that I have completed my Portugese  Camino.        Last night, a period of lucid dreaming may have reflected movement along an inner path as well.     … Continue reading

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 Apps I Use On My Camino

 June 23     Today we enter the mainstream of perigrinos as we approach Santiago where my traveling pal Heleno will travel today and complete his Camino.        It is fortunate that we have cushioned our schedule with adequate … Continue reading

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Amazing!  Spirtual Variant completed! 

June 22       Our final day on the Spiritual Variant was yet another challenging and rewarding experience. We completed this stage in Pontecesures, where the trail merges again with the Camino Portugese, after 15.5 miles of fort travel … Continue reading

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Why is The Spiritual Path so Painful? 

Today we we’re close to walking the exact number of miles that were registered on our first leg of the Spiritual Variant, a merging of the Portugese path and the original Sea Trail. We walked 15 miles from Ponteverdra to … Continue reading

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Spiritual Counseling from The Irish Hiking Machine

We walked 14 miles, meeting dozens of perigrinos as we left Redondela and reached Pontevedra today. These albergues are set up so that each evening’s visitors check out by 8 AM. A little army of walkers exits these ancient stone … Continue reading

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Camino: Vigo is the World’s Tiny Dog Capital

We made our miles today without too much effort. After a quick breakfast at the hotel we started our first leg to Vigo. Half the population of my home state on Maine would fit in the greater Vigo area. It … Continue reading

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