A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz

By Kurt Koontz

Kurt Koontz idea he was once organized for his 490-mile jogging journey at the historical Camino de Santiago pilgrimage direction in Spain.

He was once healthy and powerful. He had an outstanding guidebook and the entire correct gear. His pilgrim passport may supply him entry to the look after of hostels alongside the best way. yet all that, although priceless, didn't start to surround the grandeur of his exterior or inner experience.

A Million Steps climbs over the excessive meadows of the Pyrenees, quests in the course of the unceasing wind of the Meseta, and dances within the rains of Galicia. whereas following the yellow arrows that mark the direction, Koontz additionally navigates via his own background of habit, restoration, and love.

With outgoing humor and friendliness, he embraces the great thing about the geographical region and pleased connections to different pilgrims from world wide. half diary, half travelogue, one million Steps is a trip inside a trip the entire method to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela and past.

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Toot’s family was respectable. Her father held a steady job all 14 D R E A M S F R O M M Y FAT H E R through the Depression, managing an oil lease for Standard Oil. Her mother had taught normal school before the children were born. The family kept their house spotless and ordered Great Books through the mail; they read the Bible but generally shunned the tent revival circuit, preferring a straight-backed form of Methodism that valued reason over passion and temperance over both. My grandfather’s station was more troublesome.

It was smooth and hairless where the skin had been singed. I asked Lolo if it had hurt. “Of course it hurt,” he said, taking a sip from the jug. “Sometimes you can’t worry about hurt. ” We fell silent, and I watched him out of the corner of my eye. I realized that I had never heard him talk about what he was feeling. I had never seen him really angry or sad. He seemed to inhabit a world of hard surfaces and well-defined thoughts. A queer notion suddenly sprang into my head. ” I asked him. He glanced down, surprised by the question.

Lolo rubbed his hand across my head and told me and my mother to go wash up before dinner. The three of us ate quietly under a dim yellow bulb—chicken stew and rice, and then a dessert of red, hairyskinned fruit so sweet at the center that only a stomachache could make me stop. Later, lying alone beneath a mosquito net canopy, I listened to the crickets chirp under the moonlight and remembered the last twitch of life that I’d witnessed a few hours before. I could barely believe my good fortune.

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