Off the Road Off the Road

Off the Road

A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route into Spain

    • 3.8 • 33 Ratings
    • $14.99
    • $14.99

Publisher Description

When Jack Hitt set out to walk the 500 miles from France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, he submitted to the rigorous traditions of Europe's oldest form of packaged tour, a pilgrimage that has been walked by millions in the history of Christendom.
Off the Road is an unforgettable exploration of the sites that people believe God once touched: the strange fortress said to contain the real secret Adam learned when he bit into the apple; the sites associated with the murderous monks known as the Knights Templar; and the places housing relics ranging from a vial of the Virgin Mary's milk to a sheet of Saint Bartholomew's skin.
Along the way, Jack Hitt finds himself persevering by day and bunking down by night with an unlikely and colorful cast of fellow pilgrims -- a Flemish film crew, a drunken gypsy, a draconian Belgian air force officer, a man who speaks no languages, a one-legged pilgrim, and a Welsh family with a mule.
In the day-to-day grind of walking under a hot Spanish sun, Jack Hitt and his cohorts not only find occasional good meals and dry shelter but they also stumble upon some fresh ideas about old-time zealotry and modern belief. Off the Road is an engaging and witty travel memoir of an offbeat journey through history that turns into a provocative rethinking of the past.

GENRE
Travel & Adventure
RELEASED
2005
March 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC
SIZE
1.1
MB

Customer Reviews

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"Off the Road" Experiences

Very interesting book, which I used to compare my experiences as I walked the "Way" during early 2017. His learnings and comments plus the history really balanced my experiences. I found it very humorous and also grounding, finding my experiences were not too far from his. An interesting companion to take with you, if you ever consider taking a pause in life and following one of Saint James' Ways.

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