Walking the

2018-06-20 06:01
Cheryl McGhie of Seven Oaks untertook a pilgrimage, walking 161 kilometres from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, over the Pyrenees to Logrono in Spain, a section of the route known as “The French Way”.

Cheryl McGhie of Seven Oaks untertook a pilgrimage, walking 161 kilometres from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, over the Pyrenees to Logrono in Spain, a section of the route known as “The French Way”.

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“BUEN Camino”, meaning “good road” or “good path” is the greeting constantly repeated when walking any one of the routes across Europe to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in north western Spain.

Early in May, Cheryl McGhie of Seven Oaks undertook a pilgrimage in walking 161 kilometres, from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port over the Pyrenees to Logrono in Spain, a section of the route known as “The French Way”.

The Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James, is a network of pilgrims’ ways converging at the shrine of Saint James, in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in Galacia where, as tradition has it, the remains of Saint James are buried.

Most people who undertake to walk a Camino, or section of it, do so as a form of spiritual retreat, or as a path for spiritual growth.

Of the 300 000 pilgrims who walk these routes each year, the three most frequent reasons given for walking a Camino are “time out” to get away from it all; as a challenge, both mental and physical; or as a religious pilgrimage.

Most people undertake the pilgrimage for a combination of these reasons.

Whatever one’s motivation is for walking a Camino, one is guaranteed to always encounter much camaraderie, mindfulness and interesting stories from fellow pilgrims from all over the world.

Pilgrims are encouraged to “walk their own Camino” which means to walk within one’s own limits of comfort and pace.

It is not a race but an introspective journey. Part of the physical challenge is that one walks between 25-30 kilometres each day carrying a backpack with all one’s necessities, so the lighter the better.

This means carrying only minimal and necessary items. Cheryl recounts how, at one of the “albergues” (pilgrim’s hostels), someone had left their i-Pad in the box of unwanted items they no longer wanted to carry.

The weight of this piece of technology made it an unnecessary burden to its former owner .

It had remained untouched in the box for weeks because no one else wanted to carry it. “It made me realise just how little in the way of material items I really need to get by,” said Cheryl.

“One definitely sees life from a different perspective having walked the Camino,” she added.

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