What happens when two sheltered Americans take a three-month break from careers, home, and the Internet to backpack a 900-year-old trail across Europe?
My travel memoir of our thousand-mile walk from Le Puy to Finisterre releases October 1, 2018, but can be pre-ordered now at:
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.
More than two million pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago. Each has their own reason for undertaking the journey. For the Jusinos, it was about taking a break from the relentless pace of modern life and getting away from all their electronic devices. And how hard could it be, Beth reasoned, to walk twelve to fifteen miles a day, especially with the promise of real beds and local wine every night? Simple.
It turned out to be harder than she thought. Beth is not an athlete, not into extreme adventures, and, she insists, not a risk-taker. She didn’t speak a word of French when she set out, and her Spanish was atrocious. But she can tell a story. In Walking to the End of the World, she shares, with wry humor and infectious enthusiasm, the joys and travails of undertaking such a journey. She evocatively describes the terrain and the route’s history, her fellow pilgrims, and the villages passed, and the unexpected challenges and charms of the experience.
Beth’s story is also about the assurance that an outdoor-based, boundary-stretching adventure is accessible to even the most unlikely of us. In her story, readers will feel that they, too, can get off their comfortable couches and do something unexpected and even spectacular.
Walking to the End of the World is a warm-hearted and engaging story about an average couple going on an adventure together, tracing ancient paths first created in the tenth and eleventh centuries, paths that continue to inspire and reveal surprises to us today in the twenty-first.
Nice Things People Have Said:
“Beth Jusino has captured the essence of this ancient pilgrimage which inspires the reader with detail, wit and spot-on accounts of what it’s really like to walk the Camino de Santiago.” — Gabriel Schirm, author of Sunrises to Santiago: Searching for Purpose on the Camino de Santiago
“An enchanting tale of faith, friendship, and pushing your own limits. I’m probably never going to hike the Camino (who am I kidding? I’m definitely not), but Jusino’s book had me looking up flights. She may be a novice pilgrim, but she is a master storyteller.” — Geraldine DeRuiter, author of All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft
“Beth Jusino doesn’t pull any punches in her vivid and engaging account of the pilgrimage she and her husband made, but happily she also shares with us her small victories and the many lessons she learns about herself, her marriage, and just plain life. Perhaps most universal of those lessons is contained in her ‘Santiago Moment’ near the end of the book: gratitude!” — Kevin A. Codd, author of To the Field of Stars and Beyond Even the Stars
“This charming tale is infused with wry, self-deprecating humor and vivid descriptions of people and places that carry you along the 1000-mile trek as though you are there too.” — Wendy Hinman, author of Sea Trials and Tightwads on the Loose
“This wholly fresh story enchanted me with the cultures, people, chapels, and landscape. Despite the rigors of the Way, Jusino invites us to relish the rhythm of walking and delight in convivial evenings with other pilgrims over free-flowing wine and local food. With the depth of hard-won wisdom, she asks at the end ‘Who had I become?'” — Gail D. Storey, author of I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail
“Sprinkled with self-deprecating humor and life insights, Walking to the End of World recounts a host of colorful characters, drawing readers into the daily trials and triumphs of a challenging yet meaningful journey and break from ordinary life.” — Anna Dintaman Landis, author of Camino de Santiago: A Village to Village Guide
“Walking to the End of the World keeps us turning its pages–an elegant story woven in the seasoned voice of writer Beth Jusino, who shares great insight into her own strengths and weaknesses, relationships of all sorts, and a world view we’d all do well to consider. Among Camino memoirs this book takes its place in the top tier.” — Steve Watkins, author of Pilgrim Strong: Rewriting My Story on the Way of St. James
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.