While I’m in the beginning stages of recapping my journey, I realized that it’s a little difficult to visualize and comprehend what it means to walk across a country; especially if you don’t have a point of reference. So here’s a short entry to help give an idea.
Here’s an overall view of the route that I walked. My friend and I started in Irun, a city close to the Spain/France border. And we made our way more or less along the green route to Santiago de Compostela. You’ll notice that the green route actually ends in Arzua, this is because technically the Camino del Norte ends/meets up with the Camino Frances in Arzua. [Map courtesy of gronze.com]
Now you’re thinking this is all well and nice, but you still don’t really have an idea of how large Spain is. Ok. Here’s an overlay of Spain (and some of its islands) onto Colorado to give you some perspective of the size of Spain. [Courtesy of thetruesize.com]
I’ve shifted Spain a bit so that approximately where Irun would be on the northern coast, is where it lines up with the Eastern border of Colorado. So you could say that my overall journey was a rough equivalent of walking across Colorado. [Courtesy of thetruesize.com]
Hope these maps helped a bit. I’ll see what I can do about adding some more bells and whistles.
I suggest that you check out www.thetruesize.com. Definitely a fun website that helps you play around with the map of the world. You can drag and drop countries and US states all around the world map. It’s fun getting to rearrange the map a bit to give you an idea of the size of these countries. Like, Greenland isn’t nearly as big as you think it is, and you can fit the contiguous US, India, and China all on the continent of Africa with a little room to spare. This website would have given my grade school geography lessons way more depth and given me an understanding of the magnitude of some places in the world.