In May 2006 I am walking 800km from St Jean Pied de Port, over the Pyrenees, across Northern Spain and into Santiago de Compostela.
The Journey will take approx 30 days if I walk 20km per day. It will take longer if I stop to smell a few roses, which I hope to do.
I have delayed starting this written journey as I can't yet explain why I am doing this and I figured that that was the best place to start. I think I ll have to come back to that another time.
I have been reading a lot of information on various websites that have helped a great deal with my planning, but it was one thing that I read today that helped me to get started. In a forum on www.caminosantiago.com a thread covered people's most amazing experiences on the Road. Reading them brought tears to me eyes - Im not sure why - perhaps I understood what they were saying and missed the contact with kind strangers and a simpler pace of life. One persons experience struck me as a good place to start this blog:
"The Camino is a gift. Why do so many from every country, people and tongue walk the Road? You have been chosen to do this. You did not choose the Road, the Road chose you. The Camino does not end in Santiago, it begins there. "
I am so excited about this adventure and I am sure that it will be a really amazing highlight in my life. I really can't wait to get started.
At this stage I am busy preparing my pack and shoes and other practical items. With that mostly under control, I now really want to start on my physical preparation and read more about the towns that I will visit and some of the history.