Originally posted by Oldun:
Leki, try this site for the Le Puy/Santiago walk:
The guy took 58 days to walk 1568 klm (980 miles)
I think that's the Arles route he took -- more southerly than the Le Puy (which is practically out your front door, Oldun).
I loved his diary. I loved his broken English.
When he missed out on accommodation it was because: "unfortunately the landlord did not want to dress a room" or another "hotel was still in hibernation".
And on the sights: "I saw a shitting old peasant at a farm nearby the way." Maybe he meant sitting, or maybe he meant shitting. And "the church on the mountain is closed because of dilapidation".
And his weather descriptions: "Modest weather."
Or: "The day began with grey heaven..."
On his physical well being: "I am hobbled along with pain..."
And: "I had lost the balance and felt into the mud."
And: "I not felt well. I believe the lamb roast has done the evil."
Which was probably the cause of his 5 kg weight loss, enroute.
I've done a quick calculation of the distance from Lausanne to Santiago in Portugal and... it would take somewhere between 60 to 80 days to cover the distance (without mishaps).
Every step would be a joy, Oldun. But 'ware the lamb roast! I am now worried it will do the evil on you.
I've read that during these very long walks peoples sense of reality changes and they are never quite the same people they were when they started the walk.
There are books written on this. The Odyssey for one. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier for another. Good stuff.
I love what this fellow concluded in his journal:
"During the way there to Santiago de Compostela something inside will be dying but with the way back the actual renaissance takes place."
About 4 years ago a businessman suddenly walked out of his Geneva office, took off his tie and started walking to the south of France. All he had with him was his credit card. He bought stuff on route and never went back to Geneva. That must have been some bust-up.
Now -that- could be turned into a movie. Great scenario.
Maybe it would do the world good if we all said "sod it", and went walk-about.
Many people who need to do exactly that, though, often take just that little bit too long to come to that realization, Oldun.
But yeah, walkabout is good for the soul.
[This message has been edited by leki rulz (edited 18 March 2005).]