Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Features

August 23, 2013

Couple completes 500-mile pilgrimage

John and Dot Garrett shared their experiences of walking the El Camino de Santiago, a European pilgrimage trail to the tomb of St. James at Santiago de Compostela in Spain, with Batesville Area Historical Society members and guests Aug. 20.

One of Dot’s nephews had walked part of the trail twice, so the couple were familiar with it. However, after seeing Martin Sheen’s movie “The Way,” they decided to embark on the 500-mile trek themselves.

“By the time we finished El Camino, I would be 78 years old and Dot would be 77,” John Garrett revealed. Beforehand, they felt, “We were in good health, but not in good enough condition to walk 500 miles.

“In July last year, we began training, walking a mile or so at first, then by fall we were hiking seven to nine miles at a time two or three times a week. By November, we added backpacks, but it didn’t take us long to realize we couldn’t carry very much.

“Like most other pilgrims, we carried all our personal things on our backs. It wasn’t a wilderness trail, so there were plenty of restaurants and cafes along the way, so we didn’t have to carry food or camping equipment. When we began, my backpack weighed 14 pounds, and Dot’s was half that,” the Batesville resident reported.

“There are many roads leading to Santiago de Compostela, but the most common one begins on the French side of the Pyrenees in St. John Pier de Port. We left there May 3. The night before, we attended Mass and received the special pilgrims’ blessing at the Church of St. John.”

The couple also received credentials to be stamped in each town along the way. “It is your ‘passport’ that allows you to take advantage of low-priced albergues along the trail. Albergues are like hostels, except they are almost all dormitories. Only pilgrims, or in Spanish, peregrinos, are allowed to stay there. No tourists.”

Text Only
Features
  • nws - bv082214 - crowe in amazon 2 Batesville resident experiences wonders of Amazon Rainforest Leah (Hafer) Crowe recently returned from a “life-changing” experience in Peru.“I was at the Casa Ita research station in the Amazon Rainforest along the Madre de Dios River for 12 days from June 16-27. After the field portion of my class was finishe

    August 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws - bv081214 - schebler A Wales of a time While most college students covet having the summer off, Emily Schebler, a Ball State University sophomore, has spent the last six weeks delving deep into everything Welsh.The daughter of Rob and Marta Schebler, Batesville, was selected to participat

    August 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv081214 - schebler A Wales of a time While most college students covet having the summer off, Emily Schebler, a Ball State University sophomore, has spent the last six weeks delving deep into everything Welsh.The daughter of Rob and Marta Schebler, Batesville, was selected to participat

    August 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv080814 - EC orientation ECHS freshmen welcomed ST. LEON – East Central High School administrators and staff members decided to try something different on the first day of school. In the past, motivational speakers have discussed various topics with students, but this year, after the teens went to

    August 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • How county seniors stay young BROOKVILLE – “You don’t stop being active because you get old, you get old because you stop being active.” That’s how the modern altruism goes and that’s the reason behind the Franklin County Senior Center, according to executive director Cathy Pelso

    August 8, 2014

  • nws - bv080114 - roell car Retired farmer wins a new car Floyd Roell had a feeling. Last year, he bought a ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, but had no premonition. This year, the giveaway kept popping up in front of his face, reminding him about his granddaughter, but still no sixth sense.“This

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv072914 - kids kick drugs (new) 'You can say no' to drugs About 50 youngsters participated in the Southeastern Indiana YMCA’s Kids Kick Drugs program July 26. Master George Dwenger (a person receives the title of Master after completing the 4th Degree Black Belt) told the youngsters, “First and most importa

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - muething RAA gave theater founder his start When John Leo Muething was 5 and living in Batesville, his three older siblings and parents, Dr. Steve and Meg Muething, starred in the Rural Alliance for the Arts production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” but, much to his dismay,

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - jeffers West Point graduation Jeffers savors West Point experience Tom Jeffers, a 2010 Batesville High School graduate, recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Fort Sill, Oklahoma, resident is the son of former Batesville residents Tom and Kathleen Jeffers, Alexandria, Virginia,

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv062714 - STEM - sara bauer Students learn valuable STEM skills Two area students attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Workshop June 2-5.Alexandra Cottingham, Batesville, daughter of Rebecca Krieger Cottingham and Michael Cottingham,

    June 27, 2014 2 Photos

Featured Ads
AP Video
Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Raw: Egypt Bus Crash Kills at Least 33 Two Bodies Found in Adjacent Yards Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Rescue Efforts Suspended at Japan Landslide Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Raw: Smaller Marches in Ferguson Marathon Suspect's Friend Pleads Guilty Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn Farm Resurgence Grows With Younger Crowd Microbrewery Chooses Special Can for Its Beer Ky. Firefighters Hurt in Ice Bucket Challenge Federal Investigation Will Look at Use of Force Community Deals With Michael Brown Aftermath US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists Ferguson Teachers Training to Deal With Trauma Jon Hamm on the Unrest in Ferguson Tit for Tat? McDonald's Shuttered in Moscow Life on the Professional Video Game Circuit
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Facebook