Walking Together Toward Justice
Mac Simon, a good friend and former Equality Rider, has a tattoo on his back that reads:
¨If you want to go fast, walk alone; if you want to go far, walk together.¨
As an activist, this quote has always resonated with me- particularly through my involvement with Soulforce, an organization whose intersectional approach to social justice calls on all of us to walk together in solidarity. But as I get closer to Santiago, this quote seems to be striking an entirely new chord.
For those of you who don´t know me very well, I think it´s fair to say that I tend to move through life rather quickly: I walk fast, talk fast, eat fast, respond to emails…well, you get the idea. In general, this tendency has served me quite well (especially as a graduate student!)…but it can also cause me to miss out on the good stuff, the details, the fine print. I can be forgetful, aloof, and disconnected from the here and now. So while I can go fast, I only get so far on my own. Life isn´t a race and quality almost always trumps quantity.
Needless to say, the Camino has been a challenge- both physically and mentally. But for the past 15 days, I have had the good fortune of walking alongside my dear friend Damien Reynolds and I give him a lot of credit for helping me get this far. Today, I said goodbye to Damien. He has a ¨real job¨ to get back to (wonder what that´s like!). And although his absence will be felt, it´s up to me to finish what we started…step by step, day by day, town by town. Nice and easy…
Below is an itenerary of my progress thus far:
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.
Peace, hugs, and buen camino,
You can join with Maru in supporting developing young LGBTQ & allied activists by donating to Soulforce in her honor. Learn more about why Maru is walking the Camino to “pay it forward” and receive updates from her to your email inbox here.