Today we begin walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James. Essentially, it is a long walk to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It has been well travelled for thousands of years. While there are many paths to take, the most popular (and the one we’re doing) is the Camino Frances.
Our journey begins in St. Jean Pied de Port, France and continues for some 778 km (this number varies depending on the source) over the Pyrenees mountains and through the north of Spain.
Our reasons behind choosing the Camino are simple. Despite its history, we are not walking it for religious reasons. Rather, we want the challenge and simplicity of travelling solely by foot.
Second, we want to raise awareness and perhaps some money for a good cause. We are firm believers that big changes are necessary in the North American lifestyle.
Thus, we have a challenge for you. As we walk approximately 20-25 kilometres a day for the next 35 or so days, we want you to make a diet or fitness improvement in your life. Start going out for walks. Limit the refined sugars in your diet. Switch from white bread to whole wheat bread. Try to eat a more whole foods, plant-based diet (we’re not suggesting you turn vegetarian here, just add more plants and whole grains). Watch a documentary or two about where your food comes from. Join a recreational sports team. Grab and a friend and sign up for a half-marathon. Whatever you do, make it personal, make it count and stick to it. We guarantee you’ll feel better!
In conjunction with this personal challenge to you, we’re going to try to raise $800 for the Canadian Diabetes Association – about one dollar for every kilometre we will walk. Type 2 diabetes is very much a lifestyle disease, and we have a very personal connection to diabetes… several of our family members are diabetic. We have already donated $80 to kick-start the fundraiser… now we need your help to reach our goal. If you are interested in donating a few dollars or even quite a few, you can do so here:
We hope you take us up on our challenges. We’ll be tracking our progress (both distance and money raised) with weekly updates on the Camino. We’d love to hear about your efforts too!
Want to read more about our Camino? Check it out…
Our Camino, Your Camino… Our Challenge to You
Camino de Santiago Week 1 – Beautiful Landscapes & Unexpected Challenges
Camino de Santiago Week 2 – Getting Past the Pain
Camino de Santiago Week 3 – Feels a Lot Like Home
Camino de Santiago Week 4 – Easy Walking
Camino de Santiago – We Made It to Santiago, But We’re Not Finished Yet!
Camino de Santiago by the Numbers – Our Budget and Stats
Guide to the Camino de Santiago