As I write this, I am preparing to walk the last 110 km from Sarria to Santiago in Northern Spain. It’s the first time that I’ve done something like this and I’m excited, a little nervous and dreading the inevitable blisters.

As someone who lives in my head a lot it will be interesting to do something else. I have never tried something like this before and a little daunted about what seemed like a good idea when I booked it 8 months ago. Walking isn’t something I do a lot of because where I live is more of a driving place with poor public transport. In order to prepare I’ve been on a 7am elliptical trainer on three quarter setting for the last 5 months. I’m dreading some unforeseen complications that mean that I won’t be able to get that important pilgrim passport.

Life is full of opportunities to do new and interesting things. The problem is that doing new things requires effort, preparation and the prospect of failure. But that shouldn’t stop us trying. Whatever happens I expect that this will be an enriching and wonderful experience even if I have hobble into Santiago complaining all the way!

Revd Chris Dowd, Hull Team minister

P.S. I did hobble in with blisters but it was an amazing experience full of wonderful scenery and great conversations. I’d encourage anyone thinking to do it to just do it but remember to pack plasters!

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