Those who know me personally know that I am headed back to my beloved Camino this spring. In fact, I am but a mere 101 days to my departure for Bordeaux France, where I will meet up with my French Camino friends when we will once again undertake the Camino journey.
Many have asked me why I am choosing to redo something of such effort and distance. Believe me, the distance is not something I focus on, otherwise I might get a bit distracted from my true reason that is calling me back – simply said, I have much more to learn from the Camino. This may sound philosophical and a bit “emotional” and it should – – the Camino is not so much about covering some 800 km, but about the journey itself.
The Camino is about the people you meet, the friendships you make, the introspective moments you experience, the nature you admire, the memories you remember, the awesomeness of life you experience… and so much more.
This “get in better shape” blog series (My Dr. Oz project which will soon be called “DR Oz and other sources” project) will give place to my Camino blog. Last Camino, I leveraged my blog to allow family and friends to know I was fine, and to share my experiences and photos. This year will be the same as many mentioned they enjoyed touring “virtually”.
This year, my journey will likely include the entire Camino Frances route (800km), a short volunteering period in Santiago as a hospitalero (helping out at an albergue), a detour to Muxia (Spain) and a trek in Portugal. I then will return to Bordeaux France to spend a few weeks at my Camino friends’ houses. By the end of the trip (and almost 3 months) I likely will have walked more than 1,100 km, pending no health problems.
I look forward to sharing my experiences with you, and want to thank my Sweetie, family and friends for their ongoing support!
Until then, I will increase my training so if you see me walking in Barrhaven with poles in my hands, and a backpack on my back – wave and say HI!
Buen Camino – – !