About Camino Sunrise


Self-reflection, humor and a recurring cast of real-life characters create the backdrop for Camino Sunrise: Walking With My Shadows. Follow the author as he learns his worries about coed dorms, bathrooms, and lack of privacy are not the most troublesome extra baggage he packs. Each new day uncovers lessons in camaraderie, acceptance, and hope as Reg confronts disturbing shadows from his past.

A recently retired political science professor and longtime newspaper journalist, Reg was looking forward to expanding his travel experiences, but the trek on the 500-mile trail across Spain took him to places he never imagined.

Reg’s wife Sue illustrated Camino Sunrise with her ink-and-watercolor paintings that appear in color in the ebook. Some are previewed in a slide show on this site. Visit Sue Spittle’s photography blog by clicking here.

The Camino de Santiago is a journey built on 1,200 years of history and travels from the Pyrenees in France to Santiago de Compostela. It has been a pilgrimage for millions from all over the world for centuries.

Readers Weigh in on Camino Sunrise


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.”