Camino Sunrise: Now It’s Your Turn

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My wife Sue’s ink-and-watercolor paintings highlight each chapter of Camino Sunrise.

Why did I write an adventure memoir about the Camino de Santiago?

I wrote to touch readers’ hearts, tickle funny bones, and pique curiosity.

I wrote for people who have tried long-distance trekking and for those who are considering their first hiking adventure. I wrote for armchair adventurers as well.

I wrote for people who have struggled with self-doubt, childhood bullying, and poverty.

Many readers have shared their reactions to Camino Sunrise. Many wrote that my book resonated in several of the areas I mentioned above. They found a message of hope.

I would love to hear what you think.

 

The Camino: A Night Without a Bed?

 

dscn0697A detour had taken Sue, Gert and me to Castrillo Polvazares, a traditional Maragato village off the Camino de Santiago. It was raining with darkness closing in.

From Camino Sunrise: Walking With My Shadows:

“I was about to suggest that we walk to the next town when an old, small pickup stopped next to us. A man with short, gray hair rolled down his window, stuck out his head and shouted questions in Spanish so fast  that I had no clue what he said. Gert talked to the driver, also in Spanish, then turned to us with the bad news.

”He said both albergues here are not open for the season yet.” We eyed each other quizzically, even panicked-looking. A wet journey in near-darkness loomed. We could not be certain there would be empty beds in the next village. Suddenly…”

Readers Weigh in on Camino Sunrise

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From Amazon USA and UK:

“I am a long-distance trekker as well…Camino Sunrise is an enjoyable and inspirational book and I highly recommend it.” — J. Robert Harris, author, Way Out There

“I’ve read quite a few books by people who have walked the Camino. This book is up there with the best of them. It’s well-written, well-constructed, funny, sad and informative. This book has it all…This book is about so much more than a walk. It’s not just a journey through Spain, it’s a journey through life.”

“A truly great book, made more special by the postscript which tells of the couple’s further trekking and enjoyment of life.”

“This is one of the best Camino books I have read.”

“This is a story about our shared humanity and that life is a journey toward self-acceptance. Part of me wishes that every middle schooler could read this book to understand that it’s not just them, that life evolves.”

“What an adventure! You inspire me…I was traveling every step of the way with you, and feeling every bit of it.”

“The author writes well. Thoroughly enjoyed the read.”

“Touching, humorous, and inspiring–with life lessons and soul enlightenments we can all learn from or relate to. I couldn’t put it down once I started!”

“Thank you for sharing your journey! So well described that I feel like I was there and that the connections you made along the way are my friends too.”

“With his heart wide open as he describes his journey on the Camino, Reg demonstrates how braving a huge challenge can be life-changing.”

“Ultimately, the book is uplifting and full of humor and hope–and unforgettable portraits of the fellow pilgrims he meets along the way. This book would make a wonderful gift for the trekker or would-be trekker in your family–or for anyone who just likes a good story.”

“I have read possibly 20 books to date written by those who have dared follow their dreams and have gone hiking…Reginald’s book is one of my favorites. His writing is upbeat and positive and a joy to read!”

“By the end of the book, I was ready to grab my backpack and drag my own partner on the Camino.”