- the ad­dic­tion of the Camino

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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.

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