Already a few years ago, I did a really funny but at the same time very spiritual and life changing journey through Spain. I was riding the St. James way on an unicylce. Yes, you read it right – on an unicyle. 760 km and about 9000 vertical meters up and down with a 12kg backback mostly offroad through Spain. This was a real challenge which forced me to push myself to the limit every day. The next adventure on this trip was the “where to sleep part”… I was sleeping in monasteries, “Albergue de Peregrinos” (special hostels for pilgrims) and one time also in the center of a church.
I guess, I could write a whole book about this special journey, but what makes the “Camino” so special for me, were the people who all had one goal and although everyone was walking/riding the same pilgrim path, everyone had to do it’s own “Camino” with it’s own obstacles and chances and finally with it’s own story.
Olthough many people told me that’s impossible to ride the St. James Way on an unicycle I finally proved them all wrong and made it. As I saw the final goal, I fell on my knees and kissed the Spanish floor infront of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostella. I will never forget the feeling as I realized for the first time in my life what the wisdom “the way is the goal” really means.
I am pretty sure that I was the first person who ever ride the St. James Way on an unicyle and I guess there will not be many who follows, but in the end it’s not about how you do this, it’s about why you do this. My story is unique but thousands of others too.
Buen Camino for your Camino of life!!!
“Buen Camino” is something you hear very often while doing this – it is spanish and means have a good way.
“Camino” is the short form of “Camino de Santiago” which is the spanish word for the St. James way.
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