Vicarious Pilgrimage – the Camino de Santiago

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I’ve always enjoyed the long distance walks of John and Marilyn. I can do it all from the comfort of my chair. Two years ago they walked the full distance of the Bibbulman Track – I traced every inch of their journey over my own maps which have been waiting like an expectant pooch with lead in jaws waiting to be taken for a walk. Last year, my friends upped the ante and paced out the Larapinta Trail. They thoughtfully took a location device that transmitted their position on Google maps. Every night I could zero in on their campsite and track their progress through some of our driest country. Right now I am similarly monitoring their progress along the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James) in the north of Spain. The clarity of the maps is a gift of this digital age – one can almost feel the terrain under foot and zoom eagle eyed from mountain tops over sweeping plains right down through the narrow alleys to the doorsteps of the hostels from which the signals emit. John and Marilyn are nearing the completion of this 700km leg of the pilgrimage. Others here have done sections of this walk. Shared stories on John and Marilyn’s return will certainly enliven the maps I have been pinning on the church noticeboard showing their progress.

Published by wonderingpilgrim

Not really retired but reshaped and reshaping. Now a pilgrim at large ready to engage with what each day brings.

2 thoughts on “Vicarious Pilgrimage – the Camino de Santiago

  1. I like the fact that you’re linking seemingly disparate tracks together and letting the reader draw reasonable conclusions about the very nature of walking on tracks. In Spanish, you would say: «Me gusta mucho».


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