Welcome to my Camino Blog
In Search of Santiago…
That should probably have been the name of this website, but who would remember that!
This site was originally intended for a small circle of family and friends to follow my ‘first’ journey in 2015. But it kind of grew 🙂
So if you have any interest in the Camino de Santiago by all means enjoy the content and comment, you are most welcome.
It turned out to be a bit more than just a simple Blog….. Hundreds of videos, pictures and transcripts of my 40 day journey. I made sure to include everything, so it touches on three key elements of the Camino: The Physical, the Emotional and the Spiritual.
You can jump to the very first Blog Post here: Why walk the Camino de Santiago?
My name is Rob. I’m a middle aged, unfit and overweight businessman who decided having watched the movie ‘The Way’ starring Martin Sheen, that it was time to get off his butt and walk…….. 790 kms….
I planned to follow millions of pilgrims over the ages, and walk the Camino de Santiago using the Frances route.
I started in Southern France in St Jean Pied de Port and with luck and a tail wind, planned to reach Santiago de Compostela some 6 weeks later. Yes 6 weeks. (42 days)
Many people take 33-35 days for this walk, but I allowed myself 45 days… Time to smell the Roses. (and recover from training injuries. a long story)
This walk had been 18 months in the planning, and I’d like to thank a number of people for getting me to the start point!
First of all my wife Pat for agreeing to live without me for 6 weeks. We don’t like to be apart. Thank You.
My business partners for holding the fort! It’s not many business owners who can totally ‘unplug’ for 2 months…
A fantastic forum run by Ivar: Camino de Santiago Community, where a great community of members helped me learn and prepare.
And the medical team that got me on my way. (Yes, I had a few training injuries) Priya my Doctor, Alex and Pete my Physios at Parra Physio, Andrew my Podiatrist, and the list goes on! I will try to follow your advice….. And hey, people over 80 walk the Camino, and people with disabilities do it too. A few minor injuries shouldn’t stop me…. I hope.
Note… Finally, please note that this blog records my own 40 day journey along the Camino Frances. Everyone’s Camino is different.
Should you decide to undertake this journey yourself, results may vary….. 😨
And Did I “Find” Santiago?
Yes I did, but you’ll need to read the blog to see how it all unfolded 🙂
You can jump to the very first Blog Post here. Why walk the Camino de Santiago?
I have added a tab for 2016. My wife Pat joined me for a short ‘taster’ Camino from Sarria, with a short section over the Cruz de Ferro as a warm up.
And soon we’ll add a 2018 tab when we both walk from St Jean to Santiago…