And We’re Off!

We were up at the crack of dawn to get ahead of the heat of the day.  The morning greeted us with a gentle breeze and sunny skies.  The extended six-day forecast calls for no rain, low humidity, and temperatures in the 80’s; ideal conditions for hiking the Camino!

We total fourteen. 

The women outnumber the men, two to one.

We range in age from 25 to 69. We have diverse professions.  We are real estate agents, doctors and nurses, law enforcement representatives, life coaches, entrepreneurs, and retired individuals.

We reside in Minnesota, New York, Illinois, and Florida.

While our personal statistics and history vary immensely, what we all have in common is wanderlust and the desire to “do good.” 

We arrived into Vigo, Spain today to prepare for our journey of 100 kilometers in six days, on the Portuguese route of the famed Camino. We will walk 12 – 22 kilometers a day, and God willing, under sunny skies with a gentle breeze to our back to propel us to our destination of Santiago, Spain.

We are all here to raise money and awareness of the work of Smile Network.  This work is made possible because of the generosity of donors.  You should know two things about the Camino trekkers:  We have paid 100% of our personal expenses and collectively we have raised enough money to finance life-changing surgeries for over 160 children on Smile Network’s list of waiting patients. 

Please follow us on our journey this week.