By popular demand the Camino San Francisco 2016 can now be walked, as well as cycled.
Fr Robert Cross (Chair, Camino Organising Committee) said ‘due to the distance involved we had originally planned a cycling event. However, after numerous requests from the public, the organisers are now offering participants the opportunity to either cycle or walk from St James Church at Kojarena to Geraldton over a two-day period’.
The Camino San Francisco is planned for the weekend of 27-28 August 2016, the height of our wildflower season.
According to Fr Robert, this year is of special significance as it marks the centenary of the laying of the foundation stone for the St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton.
On the Saturday 27 August, the Camino participants will be transported by bus to St James’ Church Kojarena. Fr Robert said ‘Don’t worry we will transport your bicycles from Geraldton to Kojarena. If you don’t have a bicycle, we know where you can hire a mountain bike for the weekend, that is if you want to cycle!’
The Camino participants will depart St James Kojarena for Ellendale Pool where lunch will be served and a chance to have a short rest before heading for Walkaway.
Fr Robert said ‘This scenic route should be stunning with maturing crops, wildflowers and a quiet time for reflection’.
Participants will be provided dinner and overnight accommodation at Walkaway Polocrosse Hall.
The next morning participants will cycle or walk to the Greenough Hamlet Café for breakfast.
Participants will then commence their journey to Geraldton via the Walk Trail at Cape Burney where lunch will be served. After lunch participants will travel to The Hermitage (built by and the residence of Monsignor John Hawes), with the final destination being St Francis Xavier Cathedral.
Bishop Justin Bianchini will welcome the Camino group at the Cathedral where the penultimate Camino action will be the walking of the newly installed Cathedral Labyrinth.
You are invited to join the Camino San Francisco and learn more about the early history of the Greater Geraldton area.
This is a fully catered event and places are limited. Please register at http://www.geraldtondiocese.org.au/heritage/camino-walk