Camino: Introduction

On this feast of St. James the Apostle (Originally posted on July 25, 2019), I am delighted to launch this new item on the blog: In 2020 my cousin, Janie, and I plan to walk the Camino de Santiago, Camino Francés (The French Way), which begins in St. Jean Pied de Port, France, is roughly 500 miles across northern Spain, and leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. In order to accomplish this pilgrimage we’re going to need to get started now. This page is to document the journey, from training (I weigh in at 243lbs and that just isn’t going to work… need to drop at least 50lbs) to shoes, from plane tickets to side trips, from a compostela to albergues, and hopefully learn a bit of Spanish in the process. Looking forward to taking you along the way.

Camino: 247.2

Photo by Lidye on Unsplash

At some point in 2001 (I was 36 and in my first year of seminary), the switch in my body that says, “You can eat all you want” was flipped to “You CANNOT eat all you want.” Ever since that point I’ve struggled maintaining even a healthy weight. Up and down. Up and down. Today the scale hit the number above (can’t bring myself to type it again).

What does this number mean? It means, unless absolutely necessary, I no longer wear shirts that tuck in. My suits don’t fit. My clericals are tight around my neck (19″). My knees hurt. I don’t sleep well. I can’t preach on gluttony. etc. etc. etc., but most importantly for this blog entry: I won’t be able to walk the Camino… and I’m GOING to walk the Camino, so I have to do something about that number. It starts today.

I won’t post everyday on this, but I’ll keep you up to date. For those around, when you see me back in my black suit, you’ll know I’ve made a bit of progress. When you see me in my gray suit… Yahtzee!