Almost two years ago I posted about my desire to walk “The Camino de Santiago“, a 500 mile trek that starts at St-Jean-Pied-a-Port, France, continues across northern Spain and culminates at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
I had been following a wonderful blog written by Kim, at So-Many-Places.com as she hiked, and day-by-day shared pictures and the highs and lows of her journey. About the time she completed her “Camino”, a documentary movie was released, Walking the Camino.
After convincing Tim to go see it with me, I invited our dear friends, Dick and Karen Theil to join us. I was surprised to learn that Karen had long dreamed of doing this hike.
Our research continued, including reading some books, watching the movie “The Way” starring Martin Sheen, as well as talking to a few people who had actually done it.
But, for Tim and me, life got in the way, we made other choices, and my desire to take on this HUGE challenge got a bit of a wake up call:
- I was not nearly fit enough to walk 10 or more miles a day carrying a back pack.
- I had other trips, places to explore that were higher on my wish list.
- Tim was still only luke warm on the idea, at best.
The dream continued to grow for Karen, and Dick eventually got on board with the plan.
I am THRILLED to announce that they left the USA over the weekend and now have Day #1 behind them. They are expecting the entire 500 miles to take approximately 6 weeks.
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Just FYI, I checked in with Karen yesterday via text as she had just completed her first 5 miles.
Gratitude Moment: Today I am thankful for having strong, brave, adventurous friends who believe in living life to the max. I am so very proud of them as they set out on this life changing journey. And whether or not they complete all 500 miles, they are still heroes in my mind. Buen Camino!
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