Ready to embark on the next chapter in his life, Daniel Kearney sets off on the Chemin du Puy pilgrim’s route to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle in search of a new direction.
For twenty years I had a role, an identity, a label, a job. But after taking early retirement from teaching, I found myself looking for a reinvention of sorts. I needed to re-adjust to a different rhythm of life. One day, reading an article by Bruce Chatwin one line in particular caught my eye: “The best thing is to walk.” Movement is the best cure, he argued – for everything. Not taking flight, but moving purposefully, virtuously, in another direction, opening oneself up to new experiences. So I decided to walk. John suggested the Via Podiensis, the pilgrimage route that starts at Le Puy-en-Velay and heads west towards Santiago de Compostela.