There are many definitions of a Camino pilgrim and the first question we typically get is why are we doing the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James). For spiritual, self-reflecting, or other reasons? The simple fact is we discovered this amazing trip several years ago during a previous Spain vacation and we thought this was a tremendous opportunity to disconnect from the daily grind and more importantly to be with each other.
We plan to do the Camino (the French Way) in 32 days – this is nearly 800 km/500 mi hike and it isn’t something you just show up for, e.g. we are hiking 15 miles per day on average. While we have been training and preparing, we plan to go at our own pace and enjoy this journey. We believe we are combining the best of the pilgrim experience and combining it with some extra add-ons throughout the journey.
The intent of this blog is to cover all aspects of the trip including the travel portions to and from Europe (Austin TX to our starting point in St. Jean Pied de Port, France), the pilgrimage itself from St. Jean to Santiago de Compestela (the bulk of this blog content), and our rest and relaxation time during our hike and afterwards in Santiago Compostela and Barcelona. Thus the title of this blog 42 Days and 42 Nights.
Hope you all enjoy – please post comments during our travels.
Tom and Alnita