El Camino de Santiago is the fabled path that weaves through French and Spanish countryside for 1,000 miles to its hallowed destination at Santiago de Compostella. Thousands attempt to walk its entirety each year: some succeed, many fail.
Keith Foskett hiked the Camino to indulge his love for the outdoors and hiking. He was assailed by new experiences and unexpected discoveries – from the pain of blisters and extremes of temperature to encountering kleptomaniacs, fake faith healers and being threatened with arrest in Spain for ‘not sleeping’.
Written with insight, observation and a healthy dose of humour, this book shows it is rarely the start and the finish that count, but the journey in between.
Every year several thousand people attempt to hike all 2180 miles of the Appalachian Trail in the eastern United States. Being the first of the big three hikes in America, it is where long-distance hikers go to cut their teeth.
Keith Foskett has another reason. Dromomania, or the uncontrollable urge to wander, has been part of his life since childhood.
Accompanied by an array of eclectic characters including a world champion juggler, a drug dealer and a sex-starved builder from Minnesota, his experience is far from normal.
Battling his own demons, it’s physically exhausting — as well as psychologically challenging.
His adventure weaves a route through some of America’s wildest landscapes and history, and is told with insight, humour and reflection.