Pilgrimages are walking Zen; step by step the practitioner makes his or her way through blue sky temples and white cloud monasteries. Conducted in the traditional manner - on foot, in old-fashioned garb, carrying no money, accepting whatever comes - pilgrimages are among the most demanding, and therefore most rewarding, of all religious disciplines. ~Martin Roth and John Steven (1985) Zen Guide p. 108
The saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Really, that’s not true. Every major journey begins with a plan: where you’re going, where you’re stopping along the way, and how you’re getting there. ~Randal S. Olson
Bicycling from Rome to Bari, Italy (Via Appia) and from Durres, Albania to Istanbul in Turkey (Via Egnatia) is a great opportunity for the experienced bicyclist. These route notes provide an overview for bicyclists with reliable touring bicycles. Following ancient Roman roads, wherever feasible on two wheels, from one holy city to another.
Jerusalem has been called the holiest city in the world, and is an important place of pilgrimage for Christians, Muslims and Jews. All the key events of Christ’s Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection are based there. Holy Week pilgrims may follow His journey to the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, visit the Cenacle where the Last Supper was held on the Mount of Olives on Maundy Thursday, pray at Calvary on Good Friday, and attend the Easter Vigil, the final drama of Christ’s death and Resurrection, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This basilica is allegedly built on Mount Golgotha, where Jesus is thought to have been entombed.
- Crossing England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican: via Francigena
- Crossing Italy: via Appia
- Crossing Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Western Turkey: via Egnatia
- Crossing Eastern Turkey
- Alternative Route: Istanbul, Turkey to Alanya, Turkey
- The five-island-hopping route: Samos, Patmos, Kos, Rhodes, Cyprus
- Crossing Northern Cyprus to the Republic of Cyprus
- Crossing Israel: Haifa to Jerusalem
- Crossing Syria, Jordan, West Bank, Israel to Jerusalem
- Alternative Routes
- A few tips for touring bicyclists
- Country Information
- Quotations and Excerpts
- Safety Rules
- Travel Health
- Travel insurance
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May God direct your steps toward tranquillity and keep you from the hands of every foe. May you be safe from all misfortune on this earth. May God grant you mercy in his eyes and in the eyes of all who see you. (Julie Orringer, 2010, The Invisible Bridge, London: Penguin Group, p. 15)