Inventor of the Bicycle

The gravesite in Karlsruhe of the inventor of the bicycle. Another pilgrimage I must make. Karl von Drais was the inventor of the bicycle in 1815, among many other inventions. He was born in Karlsruhe Germany. Around the age of 30, Europe was experiencing famine because of years of war. Then the Indonesian volcano TamboraContinue reading “Inventor of the Bicycle”

Where is the Way?

This is the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain El Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James) is a walking pilgrimage that winds through ancient paths over long distances. Some routes are well waymarked, others are not. Regardless, the waymakers appear fairly regularly. If you have not seen a waymarker for fifteen minutes,Continue reading “Where is the Way?”

El Acebuchal

We walked from Frigilana to the tiny village of El Acebuchal. Frigilana is the city where the Moors were defeated. El Acebuchal was the scene of fighting between socialist sympathizers hiding from the Franco fascists, leading to the abandonment of El Acebuchal. Despite all the political and religious chaos of the areas past, it isContinue reading “El Acebuchal”