05/18 Getting Ready For the 500 Mile Camino

 

Getting ready

My wife Morgan has a milestone birthday this year, so she has decided to walk the Camino Trail in Spain.  If she is going, guess what; the husband is going.  In reality we are best friends and great partners, so I will be joining her in this 500 mile quest.

We leave June 4th and we are now 17 days away from our departure.

While we are not walking this trail for religious reasons, she is taking the spiritual approach.  I am not yet sure of my purpose but I love the athletic challenge.

We will walk with a 15 lb backpack.  Fortunately, we don’t have to carry camping equipment or food because we stay in albergues  (hostel type accommodations) along the way to Santiago.

I have seen this pilgrimage referred to as the Camino Trail or Camino de Santiago and the Way of St James.

Most people are familiar with this journey from the 2010 movie “The Way” starring Martin Sheen.  Others have read the Shirley MacLaine book titled  The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit.  This book is what motivated my wife.

This is my first attempt at blogging but I hope to share the details of our trip while on this trek.

History – The Way of St James from Wikipedia

The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned.

I am not Catholic or certain of the meaning of plenary indulgence but I think it is a type of forgiveness of sins.

Statistics – I have copied some statistics about the hikers

In 2012, 192,488 people received their Compostela, which is a document you receive when you complete the Camino. You don’t need to have walked from St Jean Pied de Port or Roncesvalles to receive the compostela, you need only to have walked the last 100 kms.

Of those nearly 200,000 people, 49.5% were Spanish. The next highest group was German, at 8%. Italians were 6%, Americans came in at 3.6%, British were 1.9% and Australians made up 0.98%.

The majority of those that walked were aged between 30-60 years, at 57%. Under 30 was 28%, and over 60 was 15%.

The genders were almost equal – males at 56%, females at 44%.

The majority (21%) started at Sarria, 108 kms from Santiago. The next most popular starting point was St Jean Pied de Port, (nearly 800 kms), at 11.5%.

Our strategy. 

If we walk 3 hours in the morning, take a one hour lunch break, then walk 2 more hours at 3 miles per hour; this would give us 15 miles a day.  Morgan has decided to try 10 miles per day for 50 days.  This is her trip, so guess what, we will using the 10 miles per day plan.  I hope to gently encourage her to add to our daily distance.

No matter what, this will be an incredible excursion.

I hope you join us on this journey as we cross northern Spain to to our final destination in Santiago, Spain.

 

 

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