By Kurt Koontz

Kurt Koontz idea he was once ready for his 490-mile jogging journey at the old Camino de Santiago pilgrimage path in Spain.

He used to be healthy and powerful. He had a very good guidebook and the entire correct apparatus. His pilgrim passport might supply him entry to the defend of hostels alongside the best way. yet all that, although useful, didn't start to surround the grandeur of his exterior or inner event.

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

With outgoing humor and friendliness, he embraces the wonderful thing about the nation-state and pleased connections to different pilgrims from worldwide. half diary, half travelogue, one million Steps is a trip inside a trip the entire option to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela and past.

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But even as he said it, he knew it didn’t convey his admiration for the way Bruce created things out of nothing. “You’ve got a gift,” he added. “Nah,” said Bruce. ” “Real good,” said Clarence. ” “That’s what my mother says,” Bruce replied. “But that’s not for me. At least not now. ” Clarence laughed again, and this time Bruce joined in as they both acknowledged the absurdity of the thought. “When we’re dead,” said Clarence. ” “Yeah,” said Bruce. “Before music I could hardly communicate at all. I never said shit in school, you know?

Just the two of us. If everybody else in the world died I didn’t give a shit so long as Shirley survived and would talk to me. Would touch my hand and look into my eyes and smile. I wouldn’t need food or water. She lived in Woodlawn, a full twenty miles from my house. I’d hitchhike over to her neighborhood and walk around. I liked treading the same sidewalk that she walked on. I liked going to the same supermarket and thinking how she probably stood right here in front of the cereal and took her time picking out Corn Flakes or Wheaties or Cheerios.

Fever dreams about all the people in my life. My family, Bruce, music, writers I like…” He trailed off momentarily but soon picked up again. “Some truly bizarre stuff. These dreams—they’re full of crazy conversations in weird places. I’ve been thinking about my mother and father a lot. I guess that’s natural in this situation. ” “This doesn’t sound like you, Big Man,” I said. That was true. Clarence has always been one of the most positive people in the world. “I know, Don,” he said. ” He turned his head away and looked out the window.

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