I believe I read in the prologue that the author wrote and rewrote this book quite a bit, paring it down to just his own experience.
In a way, I wish he had left more of that other material in - the book is quite interesting and I like it, but if feels more like a daily diary to prove he was there, much like the stamps for his "passport" along the way.
I think it could have been better served by leaving in some more material of a less concrete nature - what about the spiritual side of the journey?
But then again, I am a driven, accomplishment-oriented person myself, so I can understand wanting to work quickly through something to have it done and have the sense of accomplishment that goes with that.
I also deeply relate to his loss of his mother, as I lost my own to cancer in September, under similar circumstances to the author except that my mother was only 66. She had her birthday 4 days before she died in Palliative Care.
Perhaps in a way, that is why his Camino doesn't sound like his own spiritual journey - perhaps it was more of a journey in her memory, something that he felt he had to do to honor her, and if so, that makes it all the more special.