We’ve decided our first step!
We are going to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain.We figure it will take us about 40 days to complete the roughly 500 mile walk across northern Spain. Day 1 should be around May 16th.
I’ve spent hours trying to learn everything about the Camino, and get the two of us prepared for it. What to take, what to expect, etc. Here is the short version:
- The Camino is a traditional pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The remains of St. James are said to be interred there. Pilgrims have been walking the Camino for over 1000 years.
- You walk roughly 10-15 miles on average a day. The pathways range from old roman roads, gravel paths through vineyards, pathways next to busy highways, to shaded treed paths.
- Whole industries have sprouted up due to the Camino. There are many villages that support only 20 – 60 people who work supporting hostels or markets that allow the pilgrims to travel in relative comfort.
- Roughly 250,000 people walk the Camino each year. This number spikes during Catholic Holy Years – 2016 has been declared a Holy Year by the Pope.
- You carry your gear, so it should be light weight and multi purpose. The mainstream suggestion in that your pack does not exceed 10% of your body weight. (more on what we packed later)
- We will get tired, get blisters, meet other pilgrims, sleep in dormitories, lose weight, see medieval churches, learn, and hopefully come out of it having accomplished an inner goal as well as the outer physical goal of finishing the walk.
We can’t wait to get started!