In December of 2012 I decided to walk the Camino de Santiago, even though the thought of walking “The Way” had been in my mind for over 3 years. Since 2010 I’ve worked at an outdoor retail store, which is where I first heard about the Camino. One of the first customers I had was a couple who was going to walk from Sarria to Santiago for their honeymoon. I’ve never backpacked for more than 2-3 nights at a time, but this seemed like the kind of backpacking trip I could do. Showers at the end of the day, sleeping in a bed every night, hot meals, and a cold beer at the end of a long (or short) days hike.