2014 is going to be my year of adventure. I am planning an adventure trek to Spain in the Fall of 2014 to embark on the Camino de Santiago (http://www.csj.org.uk), which is a religious pilgramige to walk across Spain starting in France. People have been walking The Way of Saint James since the 9th Century. There are many paths, but I am planning to walk the Camino Francis.
In 2010, I saw the movie The Way (http://youtu.be/o5VZKWcgw6c) and this adventure has been simmering in the back of my mind ever since.
First obstacle- was that I could never get enough time off to do this. I removed this obstacle when I quit my corporate job and moved to the Ozarks to help Mom. Also time to train to do it.
Second obstacle – was debt and money. I’ve been paying down debt and saving money since I moved down here. so I am slowly removing this obstacle and should be on track to buy my plane ticket in March.
Third – training and supplies. Other than the occasional short hike to a vista or in a state park, I haven’t ever done a real hike. So I am definitely open to suggestions from any of my hiking friends. And if anyone has anything to loan or donate, I am open to that as well. I won’t be camping, but rather hiking and/or walking from town to town with no camping.
Why am I going to do this? Well, I’ve waited my whole life to travel and have an adventure and I turned 48 in Dec, so now is as good a time as any.
What do I hope to gain? Traveling to Spain and spending a month is a major adventure in my world, everything else is bonus. But also the walk is almost 800 km long, so even if I wimp out and take the bus a few times, I will still have walked over 300-400 miles and met people from all over the world. Also, training and completing this adventure will definitely set the tone for 2015, which is also the year I turn 50. I think it will be transformative to hit 50 in good shape and frame of mind.
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” (actual Ghandi quote)
I am planning to do this alone and spend 30-45 days in Spain (If I can afford it, I will stay longer and go to Italy). If anyone is interested in planning this trek, I am happy to share my resources and insights into planning and training for it.
Please consider this your invitation to visit me on the trek. I will spend a few days acclimating/sightseeing before beginning the hike and a few days afterward recuperating/sightseeing. There are many fantastic wineries in Spain and I plan to visit a few of them!