5476 Miles

In two years, I want to walk the way of St. James – el Camino de Compostela de Santiago. I want to follow the path of about  215,000 pilgrims who journey annually to the cathedral in Galicia and in the same way that hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have strode the various routes since the 12th century.


Pablo Coelho and Shirley Maclaine have walked and written books about their journeys. Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez have done some of The Way and made a movie. I guess my turn is coming.

I am Heidi.  I live in Palo Alto and love my lattes and wine. Lest I sound consumed with liquids, I also love my family, my girlfriends, the theatre, art museums, movies, reading and finding people, closets  or events to organize. I am a practicing Catholic and the happy mother of the amazing Olivia and a reluctant mother to the wonder doodle – Daisy.

And why the title – 5476 Miles? That would be the distance between Palo Alto and St. Jean- Pied-de-Port…the starting line for the Camino de Frances. Those first 5000 miles should be fairly sweat-free.

I am setting a date.

AUGUST 22nd, 2016

Why August 22nd?

I’ll still be 60 for the six weeks I figure it will take me  to walk the 500+ miles from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela and then the final 50 miles to Finisterre. The end of the world.

Lord in your mercy, hear my prayer.

11 thoughts on “5476 Miles

  1. How are you doing, Heidi? What’s the latest? Are you packed? Calm? Anxious? Can’t wait to hear about and see the pics from this AMAZING ADVENTURE!!


    • So excited. So nervous. I have packed, unpacked and repacked. New blog posting upcoming soon. Leaving for Biarritz with Jorge this Saturday. I begin the journey in 12 days. Pray for me.


  2. God bless you and keep you throughout your journey. I will follow this blog but after checking out your itinerary, I will be impressed if you have the energy to write much. Just a quick check-in and mention of your current location would be appreciated by all of us at home cheering and praying for you. Love you!


  3. The journey begins! Prayers being lifted up for you daily. How many days in until you will have a glass of wine? I will be living vicariously through your blog entries. May God be your strength and your guide. Love you dear friend! xoxo


  4. Querida Heidi – God hears your prayers and will be with you every step of the way as will all of us in spirit as we live vicariously through you. ♡♡♡ ~Michelle


  5. I am so incredibly proud and inspired by you! I am completely in awe of your very brave journey, and sending prayers, hugs and strength your way.


  6. A well deserved rest is in order now. We can’t wait to heR about the journey to Pamplona and if you find bulls running in the streets or wine running in the fountains!


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