Re-Blog of Nick Vandekar's AR Post
P.S. this is my third entry for Lynn B. Friedman in Section One of the January Blog Booster 2019 - Success Ahead When You Challenge Yourself.
Submitted by Patricia Feager 1/10/19
When I first learned that Nick Vandekar from PA on ActiveRain followed through on one of his 3 last year "audacious" Goals, I simply couldn't believe it.
I call Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 the AR Incredible Hulk. What man in our lifetime sets out from living in London to America, with family, 3 boys, applying for U.S. Citizenship taking YEARS to process, gives up everything they know about where they came from while still maintaining family values, sees one of his sons go off to join the Marines, breaks his neck and other vital bones, donates to charity, then accomplishes an adventure that he believed he needed to do, walking "To the End of the Earth and back!" Since that post was for Member's Only, and I don't believe in re-blogging any Member Only posts, "Life Minds," will tell you more about the inner soul of Nick and about his 400 miles walking trip that actually took 532 miles (his choice) from which he recently returned.
In my opinion, Nick and his family are survivors. They each have their own incredible stories. As head of the household, he sets a powerful example from all walks of life. And talk about life-changing experiences. I will continue to follow him on ActiveRain and I hope you will too.
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Last year, 2018 I challenged myself to walk one of the Camino de Santiago routes, just under 400 miles walking from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela. I ended up walking 532 miles reaching Santiago de Compostela and carrying on via Muxia to Finisterra (the end of the earth).
This was really a momentous life challenge and life achievment moment for me. It took me about a month and returning to every day life has been a challenge. Walking every day, on average 22-23 miles, leading a very simplistic life, get up, walk, drink coffee, eat breakfast, walk, more coffee, walk, eat lunch, walk, find somewhere to sleep, wash,clean your clothes, eat dinner, sleep and repeat. In among all that walking there was a lot of thinking, great conversations, meeting new people, bonding with many, and a lot of introspection as well.
Life back here in the States is very different, and I was struggling. I joined some Facebook groups, and also a local meetup group of Camino walkers and potential walkers. Saturday morning my phone beeped with a message that the Saturday hike was on regardless of the weather. This being my first notification for some reason of the walk I quickly got dressed and headed out the door.
Meeting up with others who have hiked other Camino routes, there are many, but understood the challenges of returning home, and readjusting was wonderful and very helpful. Below are some photos from our hike, it was a little overcast and as we returned to our cars the heavens opened, so we all got a little wet as we headed to the home of one of the hosts for some lovely warm soups, salads and breads. It was a a great time. We met At Marsh Creek State Park
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