A Million Steps climbs over the high meadows of the Pyrenees, quests through the unceasing wind of the Meseta, and dances in the rains of Galicia. While following the yellow arrows that mark the route, Koontz also navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery, and love. With outgoing humor and friendliness, he embraces the beauty of the countryside and joyful connections to other pilgrims from around the world. Part diary, part travelogue, A Million Steps is a journey within a journey all the way to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela and beyond.
Lydia B. Smith
“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”
Dr. Robert Barr
“We have a problem,” she said with great solemnity. “The women’s restroom is without paper. We are wondering if you would do us the kind service of swiping a few rolls from the men’s bathroom?”
With this, they all broke into gleeful, somewhat embarrassed laughter. Relieved that the need was so easily met, I consented and made the transfer. Upon receiving their rolls, the ladies had still more mischief up their sleeves.
“Thank you and we now christen thee the Saint of Rear Wipe,” they said, with more howls of laughter. read more
It was very dark as the taxi shifted through turn after turn on the 45-minute ride to St. Jean. As the taxi was departing Roncesvalles, my walking destination for the next day, I saw two lone pilgrims on the road. They were cloaked in rain ponchos with strappy packs draped over their shoulders. They appeared to be spent. I wondered how my arrival in 24 hours would compare to these worn walkers.
As the driver raced though each corner, I became a bit nauseous but tried to stay focused on the dark patches of land. Searching for a trail, I looked through chestnut, birch, and hazelnut trees. The lush green slopes met the creek beds in the enclosed valleys. It was easy to feel that this was a historic, even mystical place, to begin the adventure. read more
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Kurt’s book is a revelation. He opens his mind and heart to the reader with honesty rarely encountered.
I’m finding it to be my own little vacation. Every evening I open this book, I meet new folks and learn something new about the Camino.