Last week I had the privilege of walking a portion of The Way of Saint James with one of my best friends, my brother-in-law. The Camino de Santiago is an ancient Pilgrimage route that leads to Santiago de Compestela, where, as tradition holds, the remains of the Apostle James are buried. The purpose for our taking this Pilgrimage was to go on retreat from the busyness of life in order to spend some time reflecting on Scripture, praying and experiencing a time of spiritual refreshment. The icing on the cake was that we would get to hike through some areas of very beautiful country.
There are many starting points for this pilgrimage, but we chose the most popular one- St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, France. Typically, it takes around 33-35 days of walking to do the whole 500+ miles of the Camino Frances. since we only had a week, we planned to walk the first 100 miles. For months we prepared and trained for this amazing adventure. The idea was to walk between 20-30 km each day, depending on the terrain. Though it was not easy for either one of us, we were both proud of how well we did. We had an amazing time, took a lot of photos, told a lot of stories and came away spiritually refreshed! Below is a route map of our adventure. Over the next few days I’ll be posting photos and stories from our journey. Stay tuned!