Camino: Laughter and Tears along Spain's 500-mile Camino De Santiago
A dream fulfilled
Traveling overseas and backpacking around Europe seemed like an out-of-reach dream for John Clark, until he learned of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a 500-mile pilgrimage across the country that dates back more than 1,200 years. With encouragement from family and friends, never having traveled outside the United States, the self-proclaimed homebody from Texas hopped on a plane at age 53 alone and headed for the Iberian Peninsula. It wasn't just the beginning of a month-long journey, but also, as he would discover, the beginning of a new life.
Facing fear, regret and reality
When he arrived in Pamplona, home of the famous San Fermin Running of the Bulls Festival, Clark immediately began to regret his decision. To put it bluntly, he was scared to death. Possessed by an obsessive mind, he could not shake the idea that he was all alone in a foreign country, some 5,000 miles and an ocean's distance away from home, about to go on a very long walk with nothing but a backpack full of basic supplies. His first impulse was to simply pack up and go back home, but somehow, though full of anxiety, he survived that first sleepless night in a hotel room near the Plaza del Castillo, and began his trek the following day.
What did he discover?
What happened to John Clark on his 500-mile pilgrimage? Did he make it? Find out when you crack open this colorful, insightful, and revelatory memoir full of tears and triumph. Be inspired as you experience this harrowing and heartwarming coming-of-age story that proves it's never too late in life for a new adventure.
- Publisher: Archangel Ink
- Publish Date: Jul 2nd, 2014
- Pages: 158
- Language: English
- Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.37in - 0.53lb
- EAN: 9781942761556
- Categories: • Inspiration & Personal Growth• Hiking
About the Author
John Henry Clark is an award-winning journalist, freelance writer, author and avid golfer who was born and raised in Texas. He grew up in northwest Houston playing sports at Oaks Dads Club and attending church with his parents, but decided as he got older that things he learned in Sunday school no longer made much sense.
Since then, he has spent a lifetime seeking answers and exploring a variety of beliefs. After a successful career as a newspaper reporter, Clark turned his lifetime love for learning into a new career as a public school teacher, and that gave him time during the summer months to pursue his project to research and write a book describing what people believe about God and why they believe whatever it is they believe.
He crisscrossed his beloved state, interviewing fellow Texans at random, and uncovered dozens of fascinating, sometime gut-wrenching stories that reveal not only how life experiences, tragedies and triumphs can shape a person's view of the world and beyond, but also the commonalities shared by all people -- the desire for love and happiness. Read his book, Finding God in Texas, and find answers to the meaning of life, and maybe discover something new about yourself.