I applaud Randall St. Germain's courage in traveling alone ---walking the entire French Way with a heavy back pack --(filled with a tent he didn't use --clothes- wet socks often- needed supplies for blisters...etc.), and his commitment in writing this book....his FIRST!!! He did an job excellent sharing about his observations of villages, Cathedral's, Monuments, Art, the Ponferrada Castle, A former monastery which became an upscale Hotel, and the Old City. He shared that his favorite sculpture was a bearded shepherd with arms stretched to the heavens --(this was in the San Francisco Jardin area with beautiful gardens and fountains).
He visited bars and cafes which allowed smoking -- He faced washroom issues (as in "lack of washrooms") --He lost sleep due to snoring and farting of others. He made 'walking' friends. He enjoyed talking to pretty woman. (of course --the guy's not crazy).....NOT even crazy for WALKING 520 miles in 20 days. Some people 'might' think 'its crazy'.... (I say its inspiring!)
Randall's drink of choice was ***COKE LIGHT***. (no, I didn't count how many he had), but for a one-time special treat he once tried a Kaz Apple Drink. Other favorite foods were: Magnum ice cream chocolate, and mixed nuts. (what's not to like?)
I laughed silly when an old woman yelled at him to 'GET OUT' (in Spanish), when he tried to open up an old creaking Church door--no longer in use- when Mass was in session.
Rain-wind-chilly days: Randall kept walking ---(with painful blisters on his toes and heals).
I couldn't help but wonder at the end of the book if Randall ever kept in contact with anyone he met on the trail during those 20 days.
but....One of the MOST touching pages of the entire book is the small page with 9 words: "For My Mother...I think of You Every Day".
That 'special' page allowed me, (as the reader), to develop a deeper relationship with the 'human' side of Randall. I felt his heart --his pain- his goodness. I also felt his desire to be outlandish, (be willing to take this journey he did)-- -step outside the box of routine life -deepen his personal awareness of unlimited possibilities --and rejoice!
He said himself..."His mother would be proud". Randall can be proud too!
NOTE: THIS is not the SAME as every OTHER book on the market (related subjects maybe) as the next guy who takes a 'journey'.
"A Walk In the Woods" ..........is a 'Walk in the Woods"..........
"Camino De Santiago In 20 Days...MY Way on the Way of St. James" by Randall St. Germain is HIS 'wonderful' story! (a memoir not to get lost in the shuffle).(less)