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The Addiction of the camino.

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Hello all after walking three Camino,s inside two years and having them change my life totally I have finally finished my book on the subject I have to warn you it will not be everyone cup of tea. As there is a lot of God in it and a bit of bloody as well. It is about who I was before the Camino experiences and who I am now. It is now available on Kindle will be out in paperback later. The book is called ( Gods Cocaine. the Addiction of the Camino) God bless you all.
Hello again.
Thought I would give you some background on writing this book it took me over a year to complete it and after using several editors and getting as many different opinions as to how the book should read I just decided to put it out there.
I know it has many typos,s but the message is still the same.
You need to understand that I have never written anything before and also I have never read a book right through before as I boarder on a dyslexic.
At the end of the day, it is what it is.
In this forum, we are all talking to the converted but I am hoping that one day I can hear back from a reader that can say apart from the typos I relate to your story I am like you. You have done something for me.
That would be fantastic. God bless.
 
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Robo

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CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
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(May 2018)
VdlP (2022?)
A good title, I'll check it out.

I hope it carries a strong warning for 'wannabe' Pilgrims!
They just don't realise how walking a Camino can utterly turn your life upside down :oops:

As you know only too well, there are posts on here, almost on a daily basis.

"I'm just going to walk for 7 days, what route or section would you recommend?"

"I just have 10 days, I just want to see some of the sights"

"I'm not Religious or Spiritual.........I just like hiking"


Oh, and the Classic one!

"I'm just going to walk the last 100 kms from Sarria"!

Yes.....


That's how it all starts..... All very innocent.
"Just a few days, that will do me".

Before they even finish, they're thinking about the next one!
Longer Routes
Harder Routes
More Isolated Routes.........

And perhaps worst of all.........they start to involve their friends and family..........
'Pushing' the idea on those who never even heard of the Camino!

And then they end up in that 'spiral' of never feeling quite at ease at home
Always thinking of the next Camino....

Spending hours on this Forum..............

Indeed. God's Cocaine! :):)
 

kelleymac

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March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
Looking forward to reading your book! -- I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to go back to the camino, his reply was "How many times are you going to do that?". I just kind of looked at him....

I hiked 15 miles with my boy scouts Wednesday (January 1st, our First Day Hike), and woke up the next day ready to head out for 15 or 23 more.
 
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A good title, I'll check it out.

I hope it carries a strong warning for 'wannabe' Pilgrims!
They just don't realise how walking a Camino can utterly turn your life upside down :oops:

As you know only too well, there are posts on here, almost on a daily basis.

"I'm just going to walk for 7 days, what route or section would you recommend?"

"I just have 10 days, I just want to see some of the sights"

"I'm not Religious or Spiritual.........I just like hiking"


Oh, and the Classic one!

"I'm just going to walk the last 100 kms from Sarria"!

Yes.....


That's how it all starts..... All very innocent.
"Just a few days, that will do me".

Before they even finish, they're thinking about the next one!
Longer Routes
Harder Routes
More Isolated Routes.........

And perhaps worst of all.........they start to involve their friends and family..........
'Pushing' the idea on those who never even heard of the Camino!

And then they end up in that 'spiral' of never feeling quite at ease at home
Always thinking of the next Camino....

Spending hours on this Forum..............

Indeed. God's Cocaine! :):)
Fantastic (YOU GET IT I LOVE YOU) You get the title it was such a risk you have just made me cry.
 
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Finished on one sitting Terry.
really enjoyed it :):)
 

formysons

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Roncesvalles - Santiago 2009; Portuguese, Ingles, Finesterre and Muxia - 2019.
Hello all after walking three Camino,s inside two years and having them change my life totally I have finally finished my book on the subject I have to warn you it will not be every one cup of tea. As there is a lot of God in it and a bit of bloody as well. It is about who I was before the Camino experiences and who I am now. It is now available on Kindle will be out in paperback later.. The book is caled ( Gods Cocaine. the Addiction of the Camino) God bless you all.
I've done only two, 10 years apart. I did a talk on the Camino at a fellowship group three weeks ago and it was as if I was on the Camino again, I dream of my next one, but finances could be a problem, South African currency !!
I walked the Portuguese with my niece in August, then the Meseta on my own and that was an experience that I would not forget ever.
"El Camino es uno droga"!!!
 
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Hello all after walking three Camino,s inside two years and having them change my life totally I have finally finished my book on the subject I have to warn you it will not be every one cup of tea. As there is a lot of God in it and a bit of bloody as well. It is about who I was before the Camino experiences and who I am now. It is now available on Kindle will be out in paperback later.. The book is caled ( Gods Cocaine. the Addiction of the Camino) God bless you all.
Just
 
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I've done only two, 10 years apart. I did a talk on the Camino at a fellowship group three weeks ago and it was as if I was on the Camino again, I dream of my next one, but finances could be a problem, South African currency !!
I walked the Portuguese with my niece in August, then the Meseta on my own and that was an experience that I would not forget ever.
"El Camino es uno droga"!!!
I really hope you get to walk it again. Good luck and God bless.
 
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One day at a time my friend.
Easy does it!
Writing about this helps - I know I did it as well.
Great I will have a look. Yes it is like a drug trouble is I live in New Zealand and it cost a lot of time and money to get to Europ.
 

Mary Doll

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Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
Just bought your book on Amazon Terry W. Looking forward to reading it.
 
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gittiharre

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CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
Hello all after walking three Camino,s inside two years and having them change my life totally I have finally finished my book on the subject I have to warn you it will not be everyone cup of tea. As there is a lot of God in it and a bit of bloody as well. It is about who I was before the Camino experiences and who I am now. It is now available on Kindle will be out in paperback later. The book is called ( Gods Cocaine. the Addiction of the Camino) God bless you all.
Hello again.
Thought I would give you some background on writing this book it took me over a year to complete it and after using several editors and getting as many different opinions as to how the book should read I just decided to put it out there.
I know it has many typos,s but the message is still the same.
You need to understand that I have never written anything before and also I have never read a book right through before as I boarder on a dyslexic.
At the end of the day, it is what it is.
In this forum, we are all talking to the converted but I am hoping that one day I can hear back from a reader that can say apart from the typos I relate to your story I am like you. You have done something for me.
That would be fantastic. God bless.
Bought your kindle version at 3 am. Already up to chapter 6, sneaking in 5 mins here and there during my breaks at work. Fantastic read.
 
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Bought your kindle version at 3 am. Already up to chapter 6, sneaking in 5 mins here and there during my breaks at work. Fantastic read.
Thank you so much I hope you get something out of it If you would like to share the title on your FB that would be great. God bless.
 

john newman

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Frances (2015)
Le Puy (2016)
Vézelay (2019)
Norte (2019)
Kia ora Terry
What a wonderful read! It was a great story and so beautifully written.
Be proud.
John
 

gittiharre

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CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
Thank you so much I hope you get something out of it If you would like to share the title on your FB that would be great. God bless.
I have already!
 
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I am one of those camino addicts. Almost annually since 2006, sometimes twice a year. Many routes walked, many more to come, I hope.
My friends and family tolerate my rants on the camino and they love me. But it is great to meet and talk with a believer.
 

gittiharre

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CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
My friends and family tolerate my rants on the camino and they love me. But it is great to meet and talk with a believer.
Isn't it just! Off to walk Coastal and Spiritual Portugues ( did interior in 2016) and Primitivo, then Finesterre Muxia for second time in May....
 

gittiharre

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Past OR future Camino
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
Isn't it just! Off to walk Coastal and Spiritual Portugues ( did interior in 2016) and Primitivo, then Finesterre Muxia for second time in May....
Anyway, you are interrupting me from reading your book!
 

susanawee

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Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
A good title, I'll check it out.

I hope it carries a strong warning for 'wannabe' Pilgrims!
They just don't realise how walking a Camino can utterly turn your life upside down :oops:

As you know only too well, there are posts on here, almost on a daily basis.

"I'm just going to walk for 7 days, what route or section would you recommend?"

"I just have 10 days, I just want to see some of the sights"

"I'm not Religious or Spiritual.........I just like hiking"


Oh, and the Classic one!

"I'm just going to walk the last 100 kms from Sarria"!

Yes.....


That's how it all starts..... All very innocent.
"Just a few days, that will do me".

Before they even finish, they're thinking about the next one!
Longer Routes
Harder Routes
More Isolated Routes.........

And perhaps worst of all.........they start to involve their friends and family..........
'Pushing' the idea on those who never even heard of the Camino!

And then they end up in that 'spiral' of never feeling quite at ease at home
Always thinking of the next Camino....

Spending hours on this Forum..............

Indeed. God's Cocaine! :):)
so,so true Robbo - and I Often find myself smiling to myself when some of those names come up again and again......it also happens on my Two Facebook Groups as well......I call it a silent addiction, because, it tends to creep up on one....
 
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Mary Doll

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Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
Thank you hope you enjoy it and can relate to it Would you like to share the title on FB god bless.
Hi Terry
I’m on several Camino Facebook groups and will be sure to share it.
 

susanawee

susanawee
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Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
Hi Terry, Sue, one of your fellow walkers in the Documentary, Camino Skies. I have posted reference to your new book on my two Australian Pilgrim groups. Cheers...Susanawee
 
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Thankyou Sue hope you are doing OK. It seems the film is doing very well opening in a lot of countries. We may get a payout soon Year right. Stay safe God bless.
 

Bert45

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(2003) Francés, (2014) Francés, (2016) Portugués , (2016) Aragonés, (2018) del Norte to Primitivo,
Hi, Terry. I've just started reading your book on Kindle. Very good so far. I'm up to your change of trains at Bayonne. I don't understand what happened with the train time of departure. Was it a misprint, or did you read it wrong? In Venice, 3s and 5s look almost the same in the numbers over doors. You said that the guard looked at your ticket "with some amusement" -- did you ever find out why?

"... and I don't think I ever heard of anything going missing while on the Camino." -- sad to say, I was walking with an Italian surgeon whose rucksack was stolen from the albergue in Burgos (echoes of "The Way"!) while he was at Mass. Fortunately, he had all the really important stuff with him, so he was able to buy new gear. But it just goes to show, you can't be too careful. And you can read of many more thefts on this forum.
 
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Bert45

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(2003) Francés, (2014) Francés, (2016) Portugués , (2016) Aragonés, (2018) del Norte to Primitivo,
On the Meseta. Do you remember the name of the village where you met "Father Christmas"? It was just before Mansillas de Las (Mulas).
The only thing wrong with your book so far, for me, is that you don't mention the names of many of the places that you are talking about. It could be just me, and it won't matter to many people, I'm sure. Like the village where you and Larry walked into after 27 km.
I'm up to 'Gulpi' and the orange juice machine. But I've never heard of a place called Gulpi and I can't guess what it could be a typo for. Can you help?
 
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It’s a shame the OP has left the forum. I bought “God’s Cocaine” a while ago, but am only reading it now.

It is very good.

I'm glad he told us about the dyslexia, as I can read it with that in mind. (Grammatical errors really bug me in published books.)

I love his sense of humour, and I can also feel his pain.

It’s his story of finding his long-lost two friends again (his God and himself) through walking the camino.

It’s not about the actual places he walks through - they are totally irrelevant to finding himself . . . .

It’s a good read.
 

enjoyingthejourney

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2019
A good title, I'll check it out.

I hope it carries a strong warning for 'wannabe' Pilgrims!
They just don't realise how walking a Camino can utterly turn your life upside down :oops:

As you know only too well, there are posts on here, almost on a daily basis.

"I'm just going to walk for 7 days, what route or section would you recommend?"

"I just have 10 days, I just want to see some of the sights"

"I'm not Religious or Spiritual.........I just like hiking"


Oh, and the Classic one!

"I'm just going to walk the last 100 kms from Sarria"!

Yes.....


That's how it all starts..... All very innocent.
"Just a few days, that will do me".

Before they even finish, they're thinking about the next one!
Longer Routes
Harder Routes
More Isolated Routes.........

And perhaps worst of all.........they start to involve their friends and family..........
'Pushing' the idea on those who never even heard of the Camino!

And then they end up in that 'spiral' of never feeling quite at ease at home
Always thinking of the next Camino....

Spending hours on this Forum..............

Indeed. God's Cocaine! :):)

wow! You put it into perfect words. I actually just wanted to go on a 4 day hike at the Mosel in Germany and a friend recommend: walk on the Mosel Camino and not the other path. Get a credential and you can collect stamps. I met a couple other pilgrims who talked about Spain and after the four days, I was obcessed about going to Spain, which I Did just three months later. On my way home I already started to plan the next Camino.
And now: I just want to walk... :)

buen Camino fellow pilgrims ;)

Edit: i forgot, if anyone is interested, I have a YouTube channel for my Addiction ;) it is more a journal of my hikes and pilgrimages, nothing too great, but anyone who wants to watch is welcome to come along fellow addicts haha ;) Pilgrim Miriam on YouTube
 
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Bert45

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Past OR future Camino
(2003) Francés, (2014) Francés, (2016) Portugués , (2016) Aragonés, (2018) del Norte to Primitivo,
Found it! The word is "Galp" and it's not the name of a place, it's the name of the company that runs the petrol station, Galp Energia, SGPS, S.A. Luckily, it shows up on Google Maps north of Mansilla de las Mulas.
 

Lindsay53

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Past OR future Camino
Frances April / May 19
I have just read Terry's book and really enjoyed it. Not so much a detailed description of the Way but a series of anecdotes that show humour and/or deeper insight . The Santiago hotel story absolutley cracked me up! 😂 Having watched the documentary 'Camino Skies' I can see how having to walk with the same people every day could be rather difficult in the way he describes in the book, however the joy of the Camino even under adverse conditions comes through.
 

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