Jenny’s Journey

On February 27th, 2011, Jenny Anderson will begin her journey.  Her goal is to complete the entire “Camino de Santiago” (a pilgrimage trail in Spain) in under eleven days.  Her journey starts in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France and she will traverse the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain.  From there, Jenny will run the entire length of Northern Spain.  800 km later, she will reach her goal:  Santiago de Compestela.

Jenny plans to average more than 73 km (46 miles) every day in order to obtain The World Speed Record.  She will carry everything herself and meet up with a crew each evening in order to obtain dry clothing and get warm.  Making this task even more difficult is the time of year.  Snow and ice are common during these winter months and this will undoubtedly slow her progress.  However due to family and life obligations, this is the best time in a busy mom’s schedule and so she will go forth with her plan to complete the trail by March 12th, 2011.

Camino de Santiago

For verification, Jenny will carry her Compestela Passport and she will get it stamped at designated locations along the trail. 

Verification stamps in the Compostela Passport

She has chosen the most well known route on the Camino de Santiago de Compestelo known as the Camino Frances.  This route will take her from France, over The Pyrenees, through the mountaineous Basque country, across the flat Meseta region, and into the green hills of Galicia.  She expects to encounter a significant amount of snow and ice but is trained and ready for these conditions. 

A scene from the trail

Jenny is interested in coming in closer contact with the natural beauty, culture, and amazing people of Spain.  Additionally, she wishes to challenge herself on her own personal pilgrimage that will bring her one step closer to reaching her “full stature” and to use this journey as an illustration of the potential inside each of us.

Comments
  1. This is very exciting, Jenny. The miles you are getting in training make my liver quiver…but that’s just an old lady speaking. 🙂

    You are super-duper and I am proud to call you a friend!

    • Mom Anderson says:

      My prayers are with you. I really enjoy reading your daily logs and seeing what you have accomplished. You are truly an amazing lady and I’m so proud of you. I will see you when I get back to Bedford.
      Love ya, Mom Anderson

  2. Rob Martinez says:

    Hi Jenny, just want u to know how proud i am of u…..Cant believe how many miles of training u do a week….u rock!

  3. geri cecil says:

    pero Jenny, estas fria todavia? Estoy pensando de ti cada minuto y te ruego que te cuides. Como todos sabemos, eres una mujer extraordinaria! Buena suerte! Me voy a gustar siguiendo tu jornada! xxoo Geri

  4. John Dodson says:

    Wunderbar! Thinking of how proud we were of our Amos Alonzo Stagg Awards for those who finished the 50 mile Kennedy Hike I organized in 1962, you will never forget this experience – you will be doing almost our march every day for eleven days straight! Please do not be too upset if there are surprises, it is an ambitious undertaking, even with proper training and a support crew. Wish I could have joined Dan on that crew – best of luck. – John D.

  5. stan Morris says:

    Jennifer,

    Your father, Walt, and I were colleagues and Friends at the Marshals Service and have kept in touch and he has told me of your adventure. I live in Lyon, France, not far from the French trails of the Compostella pilgrimage (Puy en Velay, Vezelay, etc.) which I have visited. I often thought about WALKING some of the trail…but running the toughest part is such an incredible task and I hope accomplishment, that it is truly hard to believe. Congratulations from an unknown admirer in France.

    Cheers

    stan

  6. Pat Donovan-Sidenstick says:

    Congratulations!!!!! The first thing I check on my computer in the morning and you were done. Be proud and enjoy every moment of you accomplishment.

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