“That’s a long hike”, the running store customer said to me with a surprised look. “Yea, it is”, I replied.

He overheard me telling the salesman that I needed a trail runner which would hold up for a 250 mile stretch of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. I was probably the tubbiest person in the store and I was certainly the oldest, so I am hardly their most likely customer to embark upon such a quest.

Early morning start on the Camino.

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage route which converges in Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of Saint James are…

Carol Guttery

Carol Guttery is a travel writer, photographer, philanthropy consultant and unrepentant book nerd. She’s the founder of the travel website Wayfaring Views.

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