• Ryan Newman

A Pilgrim in the Making

Day 14 (Castrojeriz to Frómista)

Distance: 15.45 miles (24.86)

Steps: 33,000

Time: 4 hours, 40 minutes

Total Distance To-Date: 219.09 Miles (352.6)

“You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.” —Desmond Tutu

Day fourteen. Two weeks walking the Camino. I am beginning to feel like a pilgrim... maybe.


Also, the guilt is starting to set in. It has been nearly three weeks since I have been home. Three weeks since I have seen my pregnant wife and our puppies. I have missed three weeks in my daughter’s life—granted she is in-utero, but I feel I am missing out. I have left Erin to deal with the stress and strain of managing the household.


Life on the Camino is rather straightforward. As I mentioned yesterday, walking in the Meseta is rather boring. However, after two nights away from my Camino Family, we reunited today for lunch in Frómista. It was so nice to be with people I know and who know me.


We all have commented that our bodies have moved into a new phase. The aches and pains of earlier this week seem to be fading. We are hitting our stride. I guess our bodies are understand that walking 15-20 miles a day is the new normal.

In the solitary of Meseta most of my thoughts center around Erin and our daughter. I can’t believe I’m walking 500 miles. However, more amazing, come August, I will be a dad to a little girl. Walking 500 miles seems easy to being a father. Only time will tell.


For now, I walk with a renewed determination as we reach the half-way point. May God guide me, both in my steps to Santiago and my steps to fatherhood.


Lesson of the Day: In family, we find both our sense of purpose and our strength.




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