After meeting late in life, we are a couple in love, knowing that sometimes second, even third chances don’t come easily. We are Olga and Rolando, and while working through the monotony of everyday life, we still dream big. And now, through the eyes of a couple starting life anew, today we have decided to embark on a pilgrimage along El Camino de Santiago. Also known as The Way of St. James, for many this path begins in the Pyrenees, and continues through northwestern Spain to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
Our love of hiking began while on our honeymoon in Georgia. There’s something about pushing yourself to walk long distances on beautiful trails, some easy, some hard, but oh so rewarding when you’re done. This picture was taken while hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains. It was during our time in Georgia that we began to fantasize about tackling the Appalachian Trail. We began to follow seasoned hikers of the AT on YouTube, and thought…we can do this! Now we have set our goal to walk a path a bit further away from home, and hope to walk El Camino, a visual, spiritual, and physical adventure stretching over 500 miles.
Back home in Miami, we have begun to plan for our future journey. This morning we didn’t venture off too far from home. We did an urban hike on Ludlam Trail, a new 6.2 mile trail through Miami, created in the old East Coast Florida railway system. We look forward to training throughout different trails for the next two years, and sharing our experiences in our preparation to conquer El Camino.
Here are some pictures of our hike on Ludlam Trail in Miami.