On Monday at 6:30 p.m., Elkin hiking enthusiast Bob Hillyer will give a presentation on his experience on the Camino de Santiago, where he traveled from Saint Jean Pied de Port in France and went some 500 miles to Santiago, Spain, in the spring of 2013.
The Camino is just one of several major trails Hillyer has hiked after hiking and camping throughout Western North Carolina in his youth. After retiring in 2008, Hillyer did the Appalachian Trail, the Inca Trail ending at Machu Picchu, the Ring Road in Iceland, outside of Katmandu, and the Galapagos as well as many trails in the States.
“The Camino is probably the best known trail in the world. For over 1,000 years, kings, queens, popes and saints have all hiked the trail,” said Hillyer. “Emilo Estevez, Martin Sheen and Shirley MacLaine are among other famous people to hike the Camino. President John Adams even hiked it.”
On Monday, Hillyer will talk about what it was like to experience the trail lifestyle and meeting other pilgrims from around the world. Hillyer also will discuss the 1,000-year-old history of the trail as well as show photos of the Spanish country side.
To learn more about Hillyer, go to http://bobscamino2013.blogspot.com. Call the library at 336-835-5586 with questions about the presentation.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.