A 500 Mile Walk: El Camino de Santiago

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"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you greater than any obstacle."
-Christian D. Larson


Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of attending a presentation given by two lady friends who took a 500-mile walking
trek from St. Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  This particular trek is known as the El Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage and around 270,000 people from all over the world participate each year.   Here is a link to the History of the Camino de Santiago.

Here is a short description of the experience in their own words:

"During our trek, we had breathtaking mountain scenery as we crossed over the Pyrenees, as well as two other mountain ranges.  We encountered all types of terrain during our journey.  Along the way we stayed in Albergues and Pilgrim Hostels.  We were called Pilgrims and we were very welcome in these inexpensive accommodations.  Staying in the Albergues and Hostels, we were required to show our Pilgrim Credentials or 'Pilgrim Passport' as proof we were actual Pilgrims.  They would stamp and date it which also acted as documentation of our progress for receiving our Compostela certificate at the end. 

Our estimated expenses over these 37 days averaged around 30 - 40 euros per day, which includes Hostels, food and beverage.  This is around $50/day in USdollars or $1,850.00 for the entire stay.

We never felt alone , nor did we ever feel afraid.  What we experienced on the Camino was so very special and unique.  The end result of this kind of walk is not to just arrive in Santiago de Compostela, but to find out more about ourselves, our inner strength and to be inspired during our journey.  It truly was a trip of a lifetime."

They also provided a list of excellent resources if anyone in the audience was inclined to take such a journey.    For additional information on the trek, visit www.caminodesantiago.me . 

I had no idea either of these ladies had such an adventurous spirit.  I was impressed! 

 

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James Dray
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Morning Carol.

While I walk a lot during the day, most of mine are on a level field.  Up and down mountain ranges is just not in my future

Jan 11, 2018 03:08 AM #1
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Carol Williams those are two very fit and truly courageous women.... I bet Brian England would love that hike!!!

Jan 11, 2018 04:53 AM #2
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Good morning James Dray .  My mountain climbing is going to be limited to an adjustment on the treadmill. 

Jan 11, 2018 06:55 AM #3
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Good morning Barbara Todaro .  Maybe Brian England and Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB and her husband Gary could do this together! 

Jan 11, 2018 06:57 AM #4
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Brian England
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I think it might be too much of a hike for me, but the scenery is incredible!  The pastor of my church organized this hike with 10 members of our congregation and they made a documentary of it.  I thought it was going to be a boring documentary, but when I saw it in the theater, it was really really good.  Everyone should go check out the movie, I think it might be on Netflix or something now, it's called Footprints and if you click on Footprints here, it will take you to the website for the movie.

Jan 11, 2018 07:45 AM #5
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Kevin J. May
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I love this Carol and will research a little deeper now that you've piqued my interest. I have a little 700 mile walk in the planning stages and have "experienced" about 7,000 miles of hiking already. 

Jan 11, 2018 08:00 AM #6
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Carol.  I too am impressed. I think this would be really something.

Jan 11, 2018 08:20 AM #7
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Carol - that is a wonderful adventrue.  Obviously, they are both in very good shape.

Jan 11, 2018 11:54 AM #8
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Hi Brian England ,  I think you could totally do it.  These gals are just a little older than me.  Let me just say, their 50th high school reunion is coming up this year!  I think the hardest part for you would be taking enough time off to do it!   And, thanks for the Footprints links.  I'm definitely going to check into it. 

Jan 11, 2018 01:00 PM #9
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Wow Kevin J. May .  What is the 700-mile trek you are planning?  You sound like the perfect candidate for the Pilgrimage.

Jan 11, 2018 01:01 PM #10
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Hi Sheila Anderson ,  It was amazing.  I can't even get my head around trying to do something like that... and they're a couple of years older than me.  

Jan 11, 2018 01:03 PM #11
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HI Grant Schneider .  I guess they were when they finished.  LOL

Jan 11, 2018 01:04 PM #12
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Sheila Anderson
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Hi Carol. It is amazing and they are obviously fit and engaged.

Jan 11, 2018 01:32 PM #13
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Carol,

What a fascinating tale this is.  I enjoyed reading your post, it reminds me how many varied perspectives there are, and how many adventures can be had.  A

Jan 11, 2018 03:05 PM #14
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Joe Pryor
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Very impressive especially since they are not twenty somethings. This is a journey of the spirit.

Jan 11, 2018 04:20 PM #15
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Good morning Ron and Alexandra Seigel .  The adventure choices are endless, aren't they? 

Jan 14, 2018 08:36 AM #16
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Good morning Joe Pryor .  They are definitely not 20 somethings.  They are two years older than me! 

Jan 14, 2018 08:37 AM #17
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