The CHARACTERS


Claude Tranchant   Why would one want to return to the Camino, especially if one has gone through a lot of emotional and extreme physical pain?  Once you have walked the Camino, the Camino keeps calling you to return. Is it to join again your footsteps to the millions and millions of pilgrims who have walked it since the 10th Century? Is it the longing of a simple life, the meetings, and the mystical moments? Is it to live each moment to the fullest away from the busyness of life, the connection with others?  For me, it is all of the above and I am looking forward to discover more.

Claude Tranchant

Why would one want to return to the Camino, especially if one has gone through a lot of emotional and extreme physical pain?

Once you have walked the Camino, the Camino keeps calling you to return. Is it to join again your footsteps to the millions and millions of pilgrims who have walked it since the 10th Century? Is it the longing of a simple life, the meetings, and the mystical moments? Is it to live each moment to the fullest away from the busyness of life, the connection with others?

For me, it is all of the above and I am looking forward to discover more.

Mark Thomson   Following the death of my stepdaughter Maddison, I saw how Terry (my step father) walked it in her memory.  Now it's my turn to do the same thing.  But I guess my main reason for wanting to do the Camino is for my other 2 children. I want them to be able to grow up with a better, healthier father that will be able to watch them grow.  That may not have been the case for me if I just carried on the unhealthy path I was on.

Mark Thomson

Following the death of my stepdaughter Maddison, I saw how Terry (my step father) walked it in her memory.

Now it's my turn to do the same thing.

But I guess my main reason for wanting to do the Camino is for my other 2 children. I want them to be able to grow up with a better, healthier father that will be able to watch them grow.

That may not have been the case for me if I just carried on the unhealthy path I was on.

Julie Zarifeh   Feeling the lure of walking the compelling Camino de Santiago actually preceded recent and significant life events that have only served to increase my desire and intention further. Sadly, these have been the loss of my (too young at 60) husband of thirty years, Paul, to pancreatic cancer in November 2017, his death tragically and shockingly followed a mere 16 days later by that of my 27 year old eldest son, Sam, in a rafting accident on a West Coast river expedition, in New Zealand.  The time could not be more right to pursue emotional catharsis and anonymity in the keen undertaking of this historic pilgrimage.

Julie Zarifeh

Feeling the lure of walking the compelling Camino de Santiago actually preceded recent and significant life events that have only served to increase my desire and intention further. Sadly, these have been the loss of my (too young at 60) husband of thirty years, Paul, to pancreatic cancer in November 2017, his death tragically and shockingly followed a mere 16 days later by that of my 27 year old eldest son, Sam, in a rafting accident on a West Coast river expedition, in New Zealand.

The time could not be more right to pursue emotional catharsis and anonymity in the keen undertaking of this historic pilgrimage.

Cheryl Stone   I have a love for trekking, hiking and climbing the odd mountain - having successfully summited 3 from 7 of the highest mountains in the world. The thought of walking in ancient footsteps is going to be hugely humbling.  Although this walk is definitely a time for self reflection. I am going to be laying a stone each at Cruz de Hierro for the love of my life who tragically died in an accident some years back and one for my dad who sadly died just 6 weeks before the start.  My dad was my biggest supporter and was looking forward to sharing this journey with me through a daily blog. He will now travel with me in my heart and what better motivation to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  Buen Camino to our crew and pilgrims!

Cheryl Stone

I have a love for trekking, hiking and climbing the odd mountain - having successfully summited 3 from 7 of the highest mountains in the world. The thought of walking in ancient footsteps is going to be hugely humbling.

Although this walk is definitely a time for self reflection. I am going to be laying a stone each at Cruz de Hierro for the love of my life who tragically died in an accident some years back and one for my dad who sadly died just 6 weeks before the start.

My dad was my biggest supporter and was looking forward to sharing this journey with me through a daily blog. He will now travel with me in my heart and what better motivation to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Buen Camino to our crew and pilgrims!

Terry   18 months ago, my grand daughter Maddy passed away after a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. She was 17 years old. Just before she died, I told her I was going to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. She jokingly said that she would like to go with me. She unfortunately never got the chance.  So I walk it now for the second time again in her memory and to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis and Cure Kids.’

Terry

18 months ago, my grand daughter Maddy passed away after a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. She was 17 years old. Just before she died, I told her I was going to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. She jokingly said that she would like to go with me. She unfortunately never got the chance.

So I walk it now for the second time again in her memory and to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis and Cure Kids.’

Susan Morris   Celebrating another milestone year and challenging my significant health issues are my two main reasons for walking the Camino again. The other, is the ever present compulsion to walk in the freedom of nature and the camaraderie of like minded people.  In 2012, I had some significant health issues and a couple of fairly long stints in hospital having some repairs to my, rather wonky, spine, plus coming to terms with a diagnosis of severe degenerative arthritis which I'd been aware of for some time, but was getting worse and really beginning to impact my quality of life in a lot of ways.  So I decided then and there that I was going to challenge these issues and 'go for a long walk'.

Susan Morris

Celebrating another milestone year and challenging my significant health issues are my two main reasons for walking the Camino again. The other, is the ever present compulsion to walk in the freedom of nature and the camaraderie of like minded people.

In 2012, I had some significant health issues and a couple of fairly long stints in hospital having some repairs to my, rather wonky, spine, plus coming to terms with a diagnosis of severe degenerative arthritis which I'd been aware of for some time, but was getting worse and really beginning to impact my quality of life in a lot of ways.

So I decided then and there that I was going to challenge these issues and 'go for a long walk'.