The Camino de Santiago is a magical experience for anyone seeking a physical challenge and a life-changing journey, whether hiking, running or cycling. The best part about the Camino is that it truly is a "choose your own adventure" experience. There are many places to start, paths to take and months to do it between April and September. On the path, we call ourselves pilgrims, or peregrinos, as that is the Spanish word for people making the pilgrimage to the cathedral in the small town of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain.
In 2022, I hiked nearly 100 miles in 1 week from Saint Jean Pied-de-Port, France to Logroño, Spain, over the Pyrenees. In 2023, I hiked over 200 miles in two weeks. I started in Leon, hiked for 4 days, had a rest day in Ponferrada, continued for 4 days and stopped in Sarria for another rest day. From there, I hiked 5 days to reach Santiago de Compostela. My shortest day was 12.8 miles and my longest day was 21.6 miles. Most days averaged around 15 miles between towns where I would stop for the night at a hostel or hotel. I went alone both times and met salt-of-the-earth people on the path. The Camino brings people together from all over the world toward a common goal.
There were many life-changing aspects of the Camino for me this year and I delight in sharing them with you on my blog and on social media. What am I going to do next year? I'll finish up the Camino Frances desert section that I skipped between Logroño and Leon. ;)
Buen Camino, Piper