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.