In Search of Santiago

A personal journey along the Camino de Santiago

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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?

Note:

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…

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