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Route from opi to Santiago de Compostela


Opi departs along the Via Monastica from Leuven via Namur and Dinant to Givet and Roccroi. From there it goes over Signy-l'Abbaye via Château-Porcien to Reims with its magnificent cathedral. From Reims it goes over Fère Champenoise to Troyes and Tonerre and on to Vezelay with the unique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine basilica.

There he rests for a day and then continues on Via Lemovicensis  which departs from Vezelay. This road runs past La Charité-sur-Loire to Bourges and on to La Châtre. Near La Châtre, he visits the little church of Nohant Vic with its beautiful frescoes and then continues towards Orsennes, Bénévent-l'Abbaye and Saint Léonard de Noblat. The next stage goes to Limoges, the city that gave its name to Via Lemovicensis. From Limoges he goes to Périgueux with a stopover in Saint-Jory-las-Bloux and visits Les Cars and Sorges. In Périgueux he takes another rest day to be able to visit all the churches and abbeys in the city and the surrounding area. From Périgueux it goes towards Mussidan and Saint Ferme. Then he continues via Bazas, Bostens, Saint Sever, Orthez, Sauveterre de Béarn to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is the starting point of the Camino Frances, the route used by pilgrims from France and the Low Countries to reach Santiago de Compostela. Via Zubiri he then arrives in Pamplona, the city of San Firmin. Via Olite, Estella, Los Arcos and Logroño he then cycles to Najera, now a small town but the former capital of the kingdom of Navarra where you can visit the Santa Maria  la Real church can visit the tombs of the kings of Navarre. Then he moves on to San Millán de la Cogolla via Santo Domingo de la Calzada and the Monasterio de San Juan de Ortega to Burgos. With its beautiful cathedral and the monasteries Las Huelgas and the Carthusian monastery Miraflores a cultural highlight on the Camino Frances, but also the city of El Cid. Then it goes to Castrojeriz, Villalcázar de Sirga, Sahagún, Leon and Astorga.

The last 200 km. Grandpa leaves together with Moses and Floris and they go on foot. The bicycle will then serve as a broom wagon. Grandma and Aunt Ann are also there and accompany them for small parts, but above all they make sure that the accommodation is in order and that there are provisions. Their joint journey begins in Villafranca del Bierzo where pilgrims who for health reasons cannot continue at the Church of St. James (Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol) receive their Jubileo when they enter the Puerta del Perdón so that their debts are forgiven and they do not have to go further. A Jubileo is a year of jubilee, a year of restitution, return, release and rest in which one must show mercy.

From there they walk and cycle further to Vega de Valcarce, O Cebreiro, Samos and Sarria. Bruno, Leo and Sole (Pini's cousins and aunt) are also there. From Sarria they continue together to Portomarin, Ligonde, O Leboreiro, Arzua  and O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela, the final destination of this journey.  We hope to have reached our target of € 10,000 for the Rinus-Pini Fund by then.

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