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Walking El Camino de Santiago

Walking El Camino de Santiago

Guest Speaker: Debby Schafer

Miami Valley Outdoor Club Meeting, free and open to the public.  Light refreshments.


For five weeks this summer Debby (left) and her daughter Kristen (right) hiked 300 miles across Spain on the pilgrimage route Camino de Santiago.

Beginning in the French Basque country, they crossed the Pyrenees, continued into Spain through mountains, vineyards, floods and heat, to complete their journey at the Cathedral of Santiago and the crypt of the apostle St. James. 

Each year thousands set out to make their way to Santiago de Compostela. Most travel by foot, some by bicycle, and a few travel as some of their medieval counterparts did, on horseback or by donkey. For many it is a religious pilgrimage, but others are hikers who walk the route for non-religious reasons like travel, sport, self-discovery, or simply the challenge of weeks of walking in a foreign land.

Come see this ancient trail through the eyes of a first time hiker, who left her comfort zone at home and with little to no Spanish language skills, fulfilled a lifelong dream to follow this epic road.

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  • Lindy M.

    Debby, Thanks for sharing your experience walking the El Camino de Santiago. I learned a lot of history and geography I didn't know. I really admire your daring to attempt a trip with so little training. Good to know there are treks in this world that don't require cooking.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Frank P.

    Debby. I have heard of this trek several times and it was good to hear first hand about it. Thanks.

    January 7, 2014

  • Andrew

    Debby thanks very much for giving your time and sharing. I am watching, "The Way" now. Seems to me Debby should narrate this movie. Don't know if I will find the time to do the El Camino...

    January 7, 2014

  • Andrew

    What door do we go in where?

    January 7, 2014

    • Lindy M.

      Go in the middle door, the one for the Garden Center. Inside, go down the stairs on the left. Program in the auditorium.

      January 7, 2014

  • Peggy N

    Hoping this will not be cancelled, I will be leaving Cincinnati around 5:45 to make it by 7.

    January 7, 2014

  • Andrew

    I believe this is the route many military people crossed to escape during WII? I have read many books talking about it. sounds interesting.

    January 2, 2014

  • Shelley

    I'm planning to make this walk next year and can't wait to hear your story!

    December 5, 2013

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