My sisters Maeve and Grace turned 50 earlier this year, and to mark the occasion, they each wanted to do something memorable. You’ll remember Maeve swam the English Channel in August and in doing so, raised over 6,000 Euro for the Childrens Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Fair dues to ya girl! Grace was keen to walk the Camino de Santiago to mark her 50th year and invited me along. How could i miss out on an invite like that?! As Gary pointed out, the Coffeys clearly never do things by half. He should know, he’s as daft.
Grace and her husband Joe have already walked about 200km of the Camino and I will meet them in Ponferrada tomorrow night, and start my walk on Wednesday morning. It’s to be an easy 20km day according to Joe, to break me in gently. Fingers crossed! From Ponferrada, it is about 210km to what is the end point for most – Santiago de Compostela. Given we are Coffeys, we will continue on for an additional 89km to Finisterre – all we want to do there is stand on the cliff edge to feel the Atlantic wind on our faces – bliss! It should be worth the extra few days walk, we hope.
As we get older and our lives get busier, it is rare to be able to spend any length of time with family, so this Camino is, for me, less about a pilgrimage and more about spending precious time with my sister Grace. And Joe too of course ;-). Having done lots of high altitude trekking in the Himalayas, I just love the whole thing of putting one foot in front of the other, enjoying the lovely countryside God created and meeting interesting people – all with some sort of a story – along the way. I am looking forward to it.
My friend Barb also walked the Camino at the beginning of the Summer this year and found it hard to get reliable wifi along the Way, so I am unsure how frequent my blog posts will be. if I can post, I will, I promise.
Until then … wish us Buen Camino.