- the addiction of the Camino
gain her support for the venture but sadly she passed away before he left.
Wisely Terry trained hard before he left, knowing he had to cover 25 kilometres a day regardless of the weather, sore muscles and injuries.
He chose to stay at albergues where he often shared bunk rooms with up to sixty other people as he had a strict budget which had to cover a mandatory beer each night at the local cafes!
During this first journey Terry met with pain and passion, love and loyalty, hope and healing. When he reached Santiago after four weeks, he’d made some lifelong friends.
Returning to New Zealand, Terry was approached by an Australian documentary producer and asked if he would be keen to walk the Camino again for a film.
After some thought and the opportunity to include Maddy’s father on the trip, Terry agreed to travel the Camino once more.
The film called ‘Camino Skies’ was shown all over New Zealand with Terry and some of the other participants talking about their experience at various venues.
Back home from this trip, Terry was hard pushed to settle down to a routine retired life so when the eldest of his four daughters expressed a wish to walk the Camino he set off with her for a third time.
Every journey was different for Terry and he decided to write an honest account of the three pilgrimages. His book ‘God’s Cocaine - The Addiction of the
Camino’ not only offers practical advice but a very subjective travelogue. It gives a true insight into the spiritual, mental and physical strength required for this walk.
His extraordinary fortitude in the face of personal loss and his pragmatic attitude make for a compelling narrative. The Camino Way brought out the best and the worst in people he met. He encountered some extraordinary situations that might be termed miraculous by some readers and plain coincidence by others but above all he remained stalwart in his ambitions to complete a trio of truly remarkable journeys.
Below left: One of the albergues where Terry stayed.
Above right: The destination in Santiago., Spain.