Camino: Laughter and Tears along Spain's 500-mile Camino De Santiago
A dream fulfilled
Traveling overseas and backpacking around Europe seemed like an
out-of-reach dream for John Clark, until he learned of the Camino de
Santiago in Spain, a 500-mile pilgrimage across the country that dates
back more than 1,200 years. With encouragement from family and friends,
never having traveled outside the United States, the self-proclaimed
homebody from Texas hopped on a plane at age 53 alone and headed for the
Iberian Peninsula. It wasn’t just the beginning of a month-long
journey, but also, as he would discover, the beginning of a new life.
Facing fear, regret and reality
When he arrived in Pamplona, home of the famous San Fermin Running
of the Bulls Festival, Clark immediately began to regret his decision.
To put it bluntly, he was scared to death. Possessed by an obsessive
mind, he could not shake the idea that he was all alone in a foreign
country, some 5,000 miles and an ocean’s distance away from home, about
to go on a very long walk with nothing but a backpack full of basic
supplies. His first impulse was to simply pack up and go back home, but
somehow, though full of anxiety, he survived that first sleepless night
in a hotel room near the Plaza del Castillo, and began his trek the
What did he discover?
What happened to John Clark on his 500-mile pilgrimage? Did he make
it? Find out when you crack open this colorful, insightful, and
revelatory memoir full of tears and triumph. Be inspired as you
experience this harrowing and heartwarming coming-of-age story that
proves it’s never too late in life for a new adventure.