The Camino Frances
New full-time Bay St. Louis residents take a 45-day, 500-mile detour - walking the entire way - to get back to Hancock Street.
- by John and Ning Wiebmer
The route we chose, called the Camino Frances (French Way), would take us one million steps over 45 days to our destination of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
We set out each morning in faith – no maps – no plan more complex than following yellow arrows marking the 500-mile path. We averaged 13 miles a day over mountains, through deep woods, and across river valleys and high plains, stopping in tiny villages for simple meals and a bed.
It was powerful to walk the same ancient paths as pilgrims a thousand years before us. The same route. The same churches. And often, the same hardships and joys. We shared warm fellowship and collected new friendships all along the way.
Some fellow pilgrims who inspired us:
What the Camino taught us:
We invite you to look through our blog, “Dancing Down the Camino,” where we maintained our journal of the 500-mile pilgrimage (wiebmer.blogspot.com). If local groups or organizations would be interested in learning more about how this adventure enhanced our lives we’d be happy to share some photos and stories through a presentation.
Our pilgrimage started in Bay St. Louis. Now we’re completing it with the renovation of our house on Hancock Street, which will soon be complete. We’re excited to set down roots and begin weaving ourselves into the fabric of this wonderful community.