In a week we head off to “do” the Way of Saint Francis of Assisis, a 560 km walk that is one of those global walks labelled as a “pilgrimage.” Why this term? Because religious pilgrims used to ply this route. Now, of course, people like me attempt it.
I’m an atheist. What does it mean to spend five weeks on a pilgrimage route? Why am I attracted to such a hike? While legs and feet provide my locomotion, my mind shall, I hope and plan, think about and reflect upon exactly that question.