That’s the tagline for Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago, which I’m calling a “travel guide masquerading as a memoir.” Here’s the longer description:
In April 2015, Beth and Eric Jusino, laden with backpacks and nerves, walked out of a French cathedral in the historic village of Le Puy, down a cobblestone street, and turned west. Seventy-nine days, one thousand miles, two countries, two mountain ranges, and three pair of destroyed shoes later, they reached the Atlantic Ocean. To get there, they followed the 900-year-old Way of Saint James, commonly known as the Camino de Santiago. This was not really a journey of hardship – they showered every day, slept in real beds every night, and enjoyed plenty of French cheese and Spanish Rioja along the way. They also spent 14 hours a day outside, away from all electronic devices, hiking and talking with people from around the world. Walking Together to the End of the World is their story of an adventure lived at a more human pace, written as a travelogue and personal guide for those who are also in search of their own accessible adventure.
We’re still a few months away from the October 1 release, but the book is available for pre-order online:
For those who prefer ebooks or face-to-face shopping in your favorite local store, if you sign up for the Camino Times Two Book Club, I’ll send you updates and sneak previews through the summer, and will let you know just as soon as paperbacks hit the physical shelves and ebooks hit the readers.
And yes, those are my real credential stamps on the cover. Every one of them tells a story that’s in the book. It’s all the creative genius of my publisher, Mountaineers Books. And if you think the cover is great, just wait until you see all of the surprises they’re planning for inside the book! (Maps! Photos! Lists!) I’m grateful to partner with an independent press whose primary goal is to encourage more people to get outside.