Disillusioned with the daily grind of chasing the “American Dream,” Tommy chooses a new option.
He left the comforts of his life and crossed an ocean for the Camino de Santiago on a quest for St. James. The pilgrimage taught him numerous insights along the way. Come follow the vivid imagery of that life-changing adventure.
In October 2012, I completed the Camino de Santiago, the way of St. James, the an-
cient pilgrim path of the Camino Frances, with a continuation to Finisterre and
Muxia. A Quest for St. James chronicled the pilgrimage.
A Quest for St. James reflect my opinions and experiences. The overall adventure transpired overwhelming. However, from the times of aches and soreness to bliss and joy, from tears to euphoria, the overall comradery along the Camino and the friends you meet make all of the trials worth it.
I have changed some names along with identifying details of individuals men- tioned in the book to protect their privacy.
“Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.” —Holly Morris
I wish to express gratitude and thankfulness for this pilgrimage.
For my first night in St. Jean de Porte, France, a safe place was given to sleep
when all other accommodations were full, as the clock struck midnight.
To my fellow pilgrims who offered support, love, and a Buen Camino! To my friend from Germany, Michael, with whom I walked almost the entire route, from St. Jean to Santiago and onward to Finisterre and Muxia.
To the Canadian woman whose generosity brought tears to my eyes in a restau- rant with her gift, which allowed me to eat along my Camino. To my friends from North Carolina, Joe, and Celina, whom were always there to give me a hug, a kind word, and supporting words. Observing their love for each other instilled what I hope to have in my marriage someday.
I thank God who kept me protected, provided for my needs, and helped me complete my journey of over 600 miles.