the camino life
Traveling had always been my passion. After 35 years in the business world I retired in 2013 and began a series of journeys around the world seeking experience and the knowledge that comes with. Once I started, there was no turning back. A sedentary retirement playing golf, drinking beer, and lunching with old friends was not in the cards. I am now in the 8th year of a nomad existence. My only goal was and is to get in flow with the universe and let her take me to places I am supposed to be.
Camino de Santiago
Upon retirement in 2013 from a career I no longer remember, my first adventure was a Nepal Trek.
I was led by an encounter in a Nepal Tea House to the Camino de Santiago. In Spain. I have found my passion in long distance walking especially the Camino. While I continue to travel the world on a journey within I find walking to be the portal to the soul. Consequently, I am drawn to pilgrimages around the world and especially the Camino. To date I have walked 15 Caminos de Santiago: 11,000+ kms. 450+ days
But the journey within has taken me to other pilgrimages, including:
- Japan 88 Temple and Kumano Kodo: 1,000K, 45 days 2019
- Via Francigena/Canterbury to Rome: 2,000K, 86 days 2020
- Via Francesco/Rome to Assisi: 240K 12 days 2020
- Annapurna Circuit: 1986, 2003, 2013, 2019
- Annapurna Sanctuary: 2013
- Everest Basecamp: 1994, 2014
- The 3 Passes: 2014
- Masalu/Tsum Valley: 2018
- Langtang/Gosaikunda Lake/Helambu: 2018
- Machu Picchu and Choquequirao Inca Trails: 2015
- Ciudad de Perdida, Columbia: 2015
- Scotland’s West Highland Way: 2020
- E8 Dublin to Dursey Island, Kerry Way, Burren Way, Dingle Way, Beara Way, Wicklow Way, South Leinster Way, East Munster Way, Blackwater Way, East and Mid Clare Ways.
In hope of giving back, I am happy to provide information to anyone interested to walking on these pilgrimages or traveling to these locations. Below are the 68 countries I’ve visited
- Central America and Mexico 1997, 2016. Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico.
- Europe; France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, England, Wales, Scotland, The Netherlands, Monaco.
- South America; Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina Jan 1-April 28, 2015
- Nepal; 1987, 1994, 2003, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Ireland; 1984, 1994, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021
- India; 1987, 1994, 2020
- Africa; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Congo, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt. 1986, 1994, 2015, 2017
- Oceania; Cook Islands, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia.
- SE Asia; Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia. 1994, 2003, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019
- China; 2003
- Canada; Many times
- Turkey 2020,