I compiled the statistics for the entire 38 days of our Camino. We walked 36 of those days. We had two rest days. 854 kilometers, 239 hours of walking (including meal stops etc), 13,452 meters elevation gain, 12,628 meters elevation loss, 968,500 steps.
The Camino is supposed to be 779 kilometers. Ours was 75 kilometers longer. I used the GPS on my watch to measure ours. Not sure why we had roughly ten percent more distance. We climbed 13.5 kilometers and dropped 12.6. By the end I was much more comfortable hiking up hills. They were my nemesis at the outset. I walked nearly a million steps.
I’m not the world’s fittest person, and I’m old, but I’m amazed at what a body can do! I struggled through a couple of very difficult injuries, and if not for Vera, some Camino angels, and your prayers, I don’t think I would have completed it. Thank you!
I saw a beautiful part of the world. I met some amazing people. I got closer to Our Lady by praying the rosary each day. I got closer to God by taking a few moments to sit quietly in God’s presence. Not saying any prescribed prayers, just “being.”
I haven’t put this whole “Camino experience” into any kind of perspective yet. I guess that will happen over time. But I think that learning to just “be” has been the greatest blessing so far. When you’re walking (slowly) more than 20 kilometers a day, you can’t “do” a lot, but you can “be.” Maybe that’s what it means to “pray always.” Maybe it means simply having the secure knowledge that in every moment you are in the loving presence of God.
Thanks for joining me. God bless you all. Buen Camino!