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For some, the journey to the Camino de Santiago begins long before their feet touch down on Spanish soil. This one-year blog will explore the training leading up to and away from the Way of St. James.
The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James, is a network of pilgrimage routes that lead to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (Northwestern Spain). The bones of the apostle St. James are said to be interred there. Since the middle ages, peregrinos (pilgrims) have been walking the path to his shrine in the cathedral.
One of the most renown pilgrimage routes is the Camino Francés, or French Way. This path to the cathedral begins in St. Jean Pied de Port, in France, and is approximately 780km (500 miles) in length. The Camino de Santiago is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
I walked the Camino back in May of 2014. In September of 2019, I will be returning. This time, Michael will be coming with me. This blog will be the story of our preparation for the Camino, as well as the actual pilgrimage itself and the time immediately following our return home from the Camino.
Over the course of the next year, we will be making day trips, exploring some of the amazing hiking trails in our own province here in Canada. The GTA (Greater Toronto Area) has in incredible amount of hiking trails and all of them have something unique and beautiful to offer the urban or rural hiker. Our Camino training will take us to many of these trails. The slogan for Ontario is one that would hold true for the Camino de Santiago as well. “YOURS TO DISCOVER”. While training for this upcoming Camino (which will take place 11 short months from now), that’s just what we aim to do…discover our Ontario.
Come with us. Let us tell you about the many trails weaving throughout this great province of ours. While we build our endurance and prepare for my second great pilgrimage to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela (and Michael’s first), we’ll share what we discover in our exploration of some of this country’s best hiking trails. Join us as we make a journey of the time leading up to the journey…as we Camino every day…
“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” — Izaak Walton
FULL DISCLOSURE: We will be walking the Camino de Santiago from ASTORGA to SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA.