Many thanks to readers who took the time to tell me how my book affected them. There is no better compliment than this sort of feedback!


“I just finished Women of the Way and loved it. I cried when I was done, I was so moved, I want you to write more stories about women. Of course, I want to do the walk too but feel so good about what I’ve read and am asking myself questions about my life and what I need. Yes, we need to be sisters to each other and not try to do everything on our own. I married at 16 and [had] to do everything to make it work. Now at 69 years old I’m running races (and winning) but am lonesome for women’s friendship. I’m asking myself what part of that did I play a part. You’ve helped me realize that I was doing for others but not for myself, now I realize I have to be open because there is nothing to fear. Thank you for such a beautiful book, just what I was looking for. Please write more stories about the everyday woman, her struggles, and her triumphs. I would be proud to walk beside you as your sister.” ~ Joyce Collins (03-23-2016)

“My name is Penelope, I will be walking El Camino beginning late May-June [2113]. I may begin with a companion but will walk alone for at least 1/2 of the journey. I enjoyed your book, reading the stories of the women has inspired me and given me the confidence I am able to walk this alone, I know I will never be alone.” ~ Peni

“Just wanted to let you know just finished reading your book. It was wonderful. Thank you for sharing.” ~ Angie H.

“I just finished your book.  Thank you so much for taking me along with you and Dennis on your journey.  Never having done anything like this in my life, makes me realize what people are capable of.  All through the book, I kept wondering why isn’t Dennis in the book more and then I read about his book in the back of yours, now I’m going to have to read it to see how he saw the Camino.  I liked  how you used the Spanish words.  It seems to me that you must have done a lot of research to write this book.  There was a lot of information in it.  Buen Camino, Kathy.”

“I just finished reading your book and I think it was a really interesting account of your walk.  I loved your honesty about the challenges you faced.  Although I haven’t been on the Way yet, I can still understand how you felt about the many inconveniences that are often bathroom-related.  When we are camping, I often feel the same way.  I wonder why people don’t change these things when everybody would appreciate the changes so much! We are thinking about doing the Walk next year around the same time you did it.  I’m sure that I’ll be referring to your book and re-reading certain sections of it many times in the months ahead. Your book is a really good preparation for the journey. Thanks for writing it!” ~ Jolley S.

“In large part because of your 2012 presentation at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports in Charlottesville, VA and your book a friend of my wife decided to plan a walk on the Camino in 2013.  This rekindled my wife’s dream of doing the walk, so they are going to meet in Spain in early June and do the pilgrimage together.  Just wanted to let you know that you have touched some lives. ~Bill H.

“I wanted to tell you that I read your book on the CF and I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed your writing and some of the specifics you got into regarding gear…backpack…hiking skirt (and the reasons you utilized one)…just a really really super read!! I recommend it to everyone.” ~ Nancy R.

“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. I’m planning on doing the Camino next year with my mum, sister, and niece and I’ve been trying to find good books about it as it’s become somewhat of an obsession. I found yours to be the best book so far. It’s interesting and uplifting, but best of all: it’s positive! That seems to be a quality hard to find in many travel books. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first because I’m often wary of gender focus and, again, find a lot of negativity comes with it. But I couldn’t have been more pleased with this book! It was a very pleasant, interesting read. So, thank you!” ~ Kimberly Clements.

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  1. Thank you for your wonderful website and numerous hints. I am on my way to The Camino soon, but look forward to reading your book on my return.

    I don’t know whether you devote much attention to specific equipment. I have had a terrible time finding women’s trousers which go all the way up to the waist. It seems the fashion industry wants all women attired in pants which end somewhere south of the belly button. I tried several of the leading brands and lesser brands of hiking pants over the past months. Finally, a few weeks ago, I discovered the Rail Riders MEN’s Adventure khakis. At $69, they cost less than the major brands. I am 5’10” and weigh about 138#. The men’s small tall fits fine without looking too baggy. Tall has a 34.5″ inseam, so I had to hem up a bit.The waist is elasticized at the sides, not all around, so that also keeps the bagginess down. They look nice across the backside. Dimensions of the small are about 44″ hip and 29-30″ waist [non-stretched]. The front pockets are deep, and right pocket has a zippered pocket as well. Rear pockets are zippered. I have no connection with the company, but thought other desperate women out there might be interested in these trousers. Thanks for the site, and Buen Camino!

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