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Month: April 2016

Shell Ceremony

Shell Ceremony

The Scallop Shell is the traditional symbol of a pilgrim on the Way of St James.  The Colorado Front Range Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino held a Scallop Shell Ceremony for about 60 people who are planning to do their first Camino this year. Here I am getting my shell! Here’s the whole happy group — it was a lovely ceremony.   Pilgrims’ Blessing (Modified from the Codex Calixtinus) Guard these who make a pilgrimage to Compostela. May…

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Why am I Walking the Camino?

Why am I Walking the Camino?

The question everyone asks when they hear I’m doing the Camino — is why? Great question — but I don’t have a great answer — all I can say is that it called out to me. In 2014, when Wally was doing his epic bike ride from Key West Florida to Homer Alaska (~7,600 miles) people kept asking me “Wally is doing this big trip — what are you going to do when he gets back?”  At the time I had…

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My Gear Camino

My Gear Camino

What to bring for a 40-day walk across Spain?  Excellent question… All the guide books emphasize not bringing too much stuff.  The basic guideline is no more than 10% of your body weight — my goal was to stay at, or below 20 lbs with water (which weighs 2.2 lbs per liter). To aid me in figuring out what to bring I found this great free app called GearGrams that lets you build a list of your gear with its weight…

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Hello world!

Hello world!

Welcome to my new site — A Good Quest — where I will be documenting my first Camino de Santiago. I almost deleted this default “first WordPress post” but decided that I liked the idea of saying “Hello World!”  It seems apropos for the start of a new adventure. I’ve also had this URL — agoodquest.com — for years.  It was intended to be a coaching site but I never got the project off the ground.  Now it seems like a…

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