Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

Training for Ireland and Ready to Leave for Ireland.


I am leaving for Ireland tomorrow, May 13th.  The distances we will have to walk each day make me a little nervous. On the Camino I could decide each day how far to go depending on how I felt. Although I did a 20 mile (32 km) day, I averaged about 10 miles (16 km) per day. In Ireland our bed and breakfasts are set so we have to walk the distance and will be averaging about 13.5 miles (21.7km) per day.  Well, I still believe that each moment is a unrepeatable miracle so step by step we will do this.

I thought I would let you know a bit about how I have been training.

  • Weekly hikes with Trails Club of Oregon of about 4 – 6 miles each.
  • Weekly hikes with Cascade Prime Timers (mostly in Forest Park) of about 4.5 miles each.
  • Several days on the treadmill averaging 3 – 6 miles each.
  • About 7 hikes with my friend, Ann Pickar.  Thank you, Ann, for helping me train. We walked between 9 and 13 miles each time.  Some of them were:
    • Multnomah Falls – almost to Larch Mountain – Waheenah Falls and back
    • Dry Creek Falls to Herman Creek
    • Wilson River
    • Banks/Vernonia Trail
    • Upper and Lower Sandy River Trail
    • Eagle Creek
    • Upper McCord Creek Falls, Elowaa Falls – Eagle Creek and back

I didn’t take many photos on these hikes, but here are a few from the last one.

Upper McLoud Creek Falls.

Upper McCloud Creek Falls

Elowaa Falls - Oregon.

Elowaa Falls

View of Columbia Gorge

View of Columbia Gorge from near Elowaa Falls

I love Oregon.  We have so many beautiful places to hike.  I know Ireland will be fantastic and I am looking so forward to walking with my friend, Mary Riverstone Williams, who I met walking from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre and Muxia in October of 2015.  We had such a wonderful time on the last leg of my Camino and I know our time in Ireland will be rewarding.  Walking in Ireland will also give me the opportunity to quietly process and grieve for the loss of my brother, Bob.  My walking the Camino Frances taught me the healing power of quietly walking step by step.

We will be walking 6 days on the Kerry Way, 8 days on the Dingle Way, 8 days on the West of Ireland Walk including a trip to the Aran Isle, and 6 days on the Burren Way.  I hope you enjoy following me on my new adventure.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

16 thoughts on “Training for Ireland and Ready to Leave for Ireland.

  1. Good luck Nancy!! I’m sure you’ll enjoy Ireland but the wether is not going to be the same jaja!!
    Sorry about your brother…take care!!


  2. Hi Curly, have a wonderful trip!


  3. Good luck, Nancy. Can’t wait to meet up with you at long last! Praying for fine weather for you. The sun is out today, BTW. Walk well and enjoy. x


  4. I’m not sure what I am supposed to say since”Buen Camino” has been taken, and “Happy Trails” doesn’t seem to fit the bill. I’m interested in seeing how the “experience” compares with the Camino. Look forward to your posts.


  5. Godspeed. I hope you have a wonderful time.


  6. Bon Voyage, Nancy! Ireland is such a beautiful country and I can’t imagine a more personal way to process grief. Our lives are so fragile, in the greater context, so do what seems right for you. Safe travels, Glenda

    Sent from my iPad



  7. Have a safe, wonderful, magical and spiritual walk. Go well.


  8. Happy walking, nancy! I am looking forward to your posts!


  9. Gee Nancy. I know your brother has been a worry and that his death in some way was not totally unexpected, but still hard. So sorry.

    Walk well.



  10. So sorry to heat that your brother died. Hugs. You will have a fabulous time. I loved the Dingle Peninsula and my trip to the Aran Island was very memorable. So much rock. So much rock. One big rock. Can’t imagine living there. Stpe lively and have a great trip.


  11. Thank you for sharing your adventures, Nancy! And may you find comfort in your walks and in nature.


  12. Nancy, Bon Vovage, one step at the time is all we can do –
    Had to return from my Europe trip due to a broken arm –


  13. Have a great time, youngin’. I know you’re not much of a bar hound, but at least once take a sip or two of a Guinness — it’s THE Irish thing to do. Or, if you want to be a bit more fruity, sip a hard cider. The ciders in Ireland are quite refreshing after a long day on the trail. Be safe and have fun!


  14. Sending you the best wishes for happy travels.

    You are my best friend. Be safe. Tonya


  15. Good luck!! I hope you have a great time!!💗


  16. I am already enjoying your comments for the day. I enjoyed reading and following you on the previous trip.


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