The journey continues: Spreading Soulforce along the Camino
Whenever one interacts with a fellow pilgrim, the question most often asked (aside from the standard “What´s your name?” and “Where are you from?”) is “Why are you doing the Camino?” Such a question creates the perfect opportunity for me to tell folks about Soulforce. I tell them about Soulforce’s commitment to youth activism and empowerment. I talk about the important work they’ve done both domestically and abroad. But perhaps most important, I tell them about how Soulforce has changed my life and I explain that my purpose for walking the Camino is to “pay it forward” so that other young activists can have the same opportunity that Soulforce gave me–opportunities like Soulforce’s latest initiative, the Delegate Program. This program trains young leaders from around the country to create change at local and regional levels, both within existing movements and through direct actions of their own. And with your donations, Soulforce can continue to cultivate the important leadership that will transform our world for the better.
One of the fundamental lessons of the Camino is the notion that, at our core, we are all more alike than we are different. We all have the same basic hopes, dreams and fears. And as Audre Lorde said, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.”
Day 1: St. Jean, France to Roncesvalles, Spain, 27 km
Day 2: Roncesvalles to Larrasoaña, 27 km.
Day 3: Larrasoaña to Zuriguiqui, 27 km.
Day 4: Zuriguiqui to Lorca, 28 km.
Day 5: Lorca to Los Arcos, 30 k.
Day 6: Los Arcos to Logroño, 30 km.
Day 7: Logroño to Najera, 30 km.
Day 8: Najera to Redecilla del Camino, 31 km.
Day 9: Redecilla del Camino to San Juan de Ortega, 36 km.
Day 10: San Juan de Ortega to Burgos, 26 km.
Day 11: Burgos to Hontana, 30 km.
Day 12: Hontanas to Boadilla del Camino, 29 km.
Day 13: Boadilla del Camino to Carrion de los Condes, 25 km.
Day 14: Carrion de los Condes to Sahagun, 40 km.
Day 15: Sahagun to Mansilla de las Mulas, 37 km.
Day 16: Mansilla de las Mulas to Leon, 18 km.
Day 17: Leon to Hospital de Orbigo, 32 km.
Day 18: Hospital de Orbigo to Rabanal del Camino, 36.5 km.
Day 19: Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada, 32.5 km.
Day 20: Ponferrada to Trabadelo, 35 km.
Day 21: Trabalelo to Alto do Poyo, 29 km.
Day 22: Alto do Poyo (via Samos) to Morgade, 48 km.
Day 23: Morgade to Palas de Rei, 36 km.
Day 24: Palas de Rei to Arzua, 29 km.
Day 25: Arzua to Monte de Gozo, 35 km.
Day 26: Monte de Gozo to Santiago de Compostela, 5 km!!!