But, of course, these are merely the things you might see on the outside. What was really happening was on the inside, and far more profound.
The pilgrimage has always been a spiritual journey. That was the main reason Peter wanted to walk the Camino - to open himself to wisdom and guidance from the Divine.
My mother described it this way: "We are all locked in narrow views of life: whatever is in our sphere of awareness just is the way it is.
"What you hope for with pilgrimage, or with questing of any kind, is that you will get a new vision for your life - new ideas, new possibilities you hadn’t considered before."
It's Peter's story to tell but I can say it was an amazing and life-altering experience for him. And he's about to do it again. In a little less than a week he departs to walk the Camino a second time. It will be the same route (mostly), but it will certainly be a whole new pilgrimage.
Peter asked me once again to bless him before his journey, and once again the Goddess (the face of the Divine for Peter) waited until practically the last moment to offer me her words. This evening I opened to the blessing "For a New Beginning" from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by the late teacher and poet, John O'Donohue. And it is perfect.