Last year, 2018 I challenged myself to walk one of the Camino de Santiago routes, just under 400 miles walking from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela. I ended up walking 532 miles reaching Santiago de Compostela and carrying on via Muxia to Finisterra (the end of the earth).
This was really a momentous life challenge and life achievment moment for me. It took me about a month and returning to every day life has been a challenge. Walking every day, on average 22-23 miles, leading a very simplistic life, get up, walk, drink coffee, eat breakfast, walk, more coffee, walk, eat lunch, walk, find somewhere to sleep, wash,clean your clothes, eat dinner, sleep and repeat. In among all that walking there was a lot of thinking, great conversations, meeting new people, bonding with many, and a lot of introspection as well.
Life back here in the States is very different, and I was struggling. I joined some Facebook groups, and also a local meetup group of Camino walkers and potential walkers. Saturday morning my phone beeped with a message that the Saturday hike was on regardless of the weather. This being my first notification for some reason of the walk I quickly got dressed and headed out the door.
Meeting up with others who have hiked other Camino routes, there are many, but understood the challenges of returning home, and readjusting was wonderful and very helpful. Below are some photos from our hike, it was a little overcast and as we returned to our cars the heavens opened, so we all got a little wet as we headed to the home of one of the hosts for some lovely warm soups, salads and breads. It was a a great time. We met At Marsh Creek State Park
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