If you see Her throwing me over Bray Head don’t call the Gardaí… she has my permission.
No, I’m not getting maudlin during lockdown, it’s just that that’s where I want my ashes scattered.
I wish I could be with you (alive you understand) tomorrow as you take your first steps on your Camino.
I took mine too on one of Camino Ways’ training walks on St James’s Day in Ireland’s Garden County.
Where I met founder and ‘force of nature’ Roland Monsegu who I would share many a glass of wine with over future years.
Including at one of my billets on the French Way to Santiago de Compostella where he was doing a recce.
Today is both St James’s birthday and the national day of Galicia where his bones lie in Santiago.
The first of their training Sunday walks will begin at the seafront in Bray at 9.30am and last a leisurely two to two-and-a-half hours.
It is a 7km healthy cliffside walk skirting the sea.
Working my ass off
While you can look down on the train to Greystones making its way to the tunnel built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Before emerging through the other side in Greystones.
You’ll see it yourself halfway around the bend, its newly-refurbished harbour dotted with yachts.
And its blue and yellow cottages standing out in the distance as it did in times of old so the fishermen could recognise their homes in the dark.
On the road
Which is the same in Galicia where the name of the province is a giveaway… they’re Gaels really.
If you’re in Ireland then you’re already blessed and it’s likely you’ll need to be to walk the Bray Head.
And to be part of the fun here’s where to get tickets.
You’re James too
And if you feel like going that extra mile then why not veer off from the group and go up to the top of the Head and the Southern Cross.
Where there is (yes, you guessed it) a Christian cross.