Well having raved on for a year about the camino I have finally done it. Started on the 14th of Aug and rolled into Santiago thirty five days latter. I am now looking to take Martin Sheen and the film The Way to court and will be suing for miss-representation. The carefree wanderings and adventures of the four of them in that film is nothing like the reality. ( thats a little kiwi humor) . But I think there are some things the first timer needs to know. Doing the first day over route Napoleon in 33 deg, I was shattered in fact the officials at the monastery took one look at me and said,you sit now and walked past my bunk three times in the first hour to check on me.I asked them about this latter in the evening and that is what they were doing. Next thing to know. Spanish kilometers are longer than any other kilometers in the world. The amount of times we would walk past a sign saying eight k,s to where ever to find ten or twelve k,s latter you are still getting there. Everyone shared this opinion there could be something in this. Some one said they may be measuring from the edge of the towns and not the centers. Next. There is no flat in Spain it is either up or down even the massetta had some constant climbs in it. Now that I have said all that you will be thinking well it did not work out for this chap. YES IT DID. I walked with some of the most beautiful people I have ever met. I mean the real beauty . I walked through some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. I am so proud of myself I cant remember ever being prouder. If you have followed some of my early post you will know I went to find two old friends that I used to know and love and they loved me in return. They were God and myself. I found them both.. In the first paragraph I did not use PC words like it is a little hard in places. It is dam hard well it was for a sixty eight year old like me. This posting is not to put you off. But to make sure you know what your in for. If I could do it YOU can. Go and do it you will not regret it. Good luck and God bless you. Terry.