The Camino is Calling
In 2013 I heeded the call to walk the Camino Frances from St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France to Santiago, Spain. It was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget. I enjoyed it so much, that the call to walk has returned. I was originally hoping to walk in spring of 2016, but a health challenge and a financial investment in my business, made those timelines fade. After I gave up the idea of walking in 2016, we found out that my daughter was expecting her second child, who would have been born while I was on the Camino. So, divine intervention worked out well and I had the good fortune to be here for Edie’s birth.
Now it’s a fresh year and I’m heeding the call. My original goal was to select one of the many Camino paths in France and Spain. I wanted to find one that wasn’t too populated, but where I would still have a sense of community. As I watched my friends via Facebook and blog posts, I ruled out some paths. I landed on doing two paths back to back. The route from Le Puy, France to St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France and then to do the Camino Frances again.
I am finding that “middle ground” by walking the initial Le Puy path which will provide solitude and the Camino Frances which will provide community. One can never walk the exact same path again really, as the people and the places will change. Where you stay and eat, the conversations that you have, will make each Camino unique.
So I’ve started my packing list, I’ve obtained two new guidebooks and I’m starting my walking training.