After hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2012 I watched the film The Way and became enamored with the Camino de Santiago. In 2018 I flew to Germany for work, and following the job I bought a smaller pack from Decathlon, booked a flight to Paris, a train to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, and set out on my own Camino adventure. Although the Camino is a very social trail, it had been 6 years since my AT thru-hike hike and I was looking forward to getting reacquainted with the solitude of a long trail, spending days walking, thinking, and taking in the beauty along the path. In 18 days I covered 537 miles (865 km) along The French Way and the Finisterre Camino to the Atlantic Ocean. Some have questioned my pace, averaging 30 miles per day, but I got exactly what I was needing from the Camino.