I have recently retired. I spent most of my life serving others from a position of leadership and have experienced much success. When I retired, two years ago, I was surprised that travel, golf, skiing, and idle time did not give the joy and sense of accomplishment that I experienced when working. I am a man of faith and felt led to make this walk for many reasons. I found myself ballooning up to 75 pounds over weight and feeling depressed. An unfamiliar place for me. The history of the Camino, and many miracles and life changing stores peaked my interest. I am now 66 and coming from a family history of men not living past 64, I feel I must get cracking for today is a gift and tomorrow is not guaranteed. Why am I considering this walk? I walk for health. I walk for faith. I walk for community. I walk for inspiration and answers, I walk for the challenge and the struggle to complete a task that many think is a little crazy and more than I should be taking on. I walk for well-being and for ME.
I am hoping to walk from September15th to October 25th. Hoping for cooler, dry weather, less people and the colors and smells from the harvest season. Originally I would have liked traveling with a small group, but after much research, this does not seem to be available. I'm not afraid to trek alone. After all, are you ever alone on the Camino? I have read the books, blogs, googled, watch the movie, and have started my preparation for the walk already. In doing so, I am finding purpose and drive again. I have lost 35 pound, am eating better as well as walking over 25 miles a week. I am inspired again.
- Camino(s) past & future
Walking the French Way Sept.-Oct. (2017)