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Woman tells of 500-mile walk on Camino de Santiago
Her recently updated book helps others plan similar treks: author to speak at Rainbow Blossom
People from the world over travel to northern Spain to embark on personal pilgrimages. Most of the pilgrims are from Europe; about 50 percent every year come from Spain. However, treks to the Camino de Santiago are becoming more popular in the United States. In 2011, out of 183,366 people who walked the Camino, only 3,726 (about 2 percent) were from the United States. The figures for 2013 show 10,125 people from the U.S. out of a total of 215,880 (about 4.7 percent).
Not all of them walked the complete 500 miles. Only the last 100 kilometers or about 66 miles is required to receive a compostela, the certificate of completion. Most pilgrims walk the distance. Some bike. Some go by horse or donkey and a few go in wheelchairs.
Powell’s talk is for anyone who may be interested in a spiritual pilgrimage. She will highlight information that would-be pilgrims ask most often. She will answer specific questions to help attendees get the most out of their adventures. A complete, up-to-date planning guide can be found in the second edition of her book.
Powell’s book, Seven Tips to Make the Most of the Camino de Santiago, is published by R.C. Linnell Publishing, Louisville, KY, and is available on Amazon worldwide (ISBN 9780984002559)
Powell will present her experiences in two sessions: Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. or Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Rainbow Blossom, 3046 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40205. The talk is free, but registration is required as space is limited. Call Cheri Powell at 502-485-9951, send an email to Camino_Cheri@
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Cheri Powell, 502-485-9951 Photos and fact sheet available on request