I am just a mum, who desperately needs an adventure. I have mothered children for most of my life, and as the kids get older, I'm left wondering who I am and what to do next. Unfit and unmotivated, I somehow find myself walking 800km across Spain on a thing called the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage trail. Why? I honestly don't know! I'm not religious. Or a long-distance walker (or short-distance either) but I just HAD to do it. In Part One I get organised for the Camino and face some stark realities about my state of fitness (groan) and the logistics of escaping mothering duties for five weeks. (yay!) Part two is in the form of a daily diary as I walk the Camino covering topics such as: Blisters, the benefits of eating breakfast and reading guide books correctly. Musings about life, surviving snoring tournaments, questioning faith and finding it, reaching the edges of my sanity and proving you can live off one bra and a few pairs of undies for a month. With an abundance of humour and brutal honesty, I tell what it was really like for this 'Just a mum' to take on this insane idea and what the Camino taught me about myself and my role in life as a mother.
Rachel Goodman is a graduate of the Te Auaha Creative Writing School, Wellington. (2018) She is a mother of 4 living on the Kapiti Coast. She loves walking but continues her love/hate relationship with hills. A member of NZ Society of Authors.