“El Camino is a beautiful challenge that makes you value your life,” Justin Skeesuck, I’ll Push You Accessible Camino

After seven days on the road, the group of the I’ll Push You Foundation and their Accesible Camino, arrived at Praza do Obradoiro, completing the 100 kms that separate Sarria from Santiago de Compostela. They covered the stages of Portomarín, Palas de Rei, Melide, Arzúa, Amenal, and finally Santiago, so that the participants obtained their deserved Compostela.

This is the first edition of a trip for people with disabilities on the Camino de Santiago, under the name “I’ll Push You: Accessible Camino” where CaminoWays.com has had the pleasure of supporting and collaborating since its inception in 2014.

El Camino is a beautiful challenge that makes you value your life”

Upon his arrival in Santiago, Justin Skeesuck, visibly emotial, was very grateful to have achieved this challenge with a group of over 40 people from I´ll Push You. In Justin’s words:

“It was a hard trip, especially in the ascent of the mountainous areas, we also had to get through trying to make sure that everyone was along the trail and nobody was left behind, but overall everyone did a great job and it was worth it. This is the result of an effort from an entire community, I could not have had better partners. Sometimes, you just need to follow your heart because you may not have all the answers, but we are very grateful and Patrick I are very glad that we followed our hearts.”

Justin, along with his travel companions, also announced that two other groups of I´ll Push You will make a second edition of their Accesible Camino tour to Compostela in June and September of next year. They will do it, once again, with the Two friends –Justin and Patrick- in the lead.

“When we had the idea to bring a group of people in wheelchairs with different disabilities we didn’t know what their response would be, anybody wanted to go and we had an overwhelming response, we are doing more next year,” adds Justin, who says they both feel a great sense of accomplishment.

“Caminoways helped us inmensely. We had 5 guides from the region everyday and they were amazing, helping us everyday they would even pitch in to help, pull and push as well when we needed it. We are very grateful for Caminoways and their support over the last several years and to help us with this cause. It is not just us, it takes a community to make this work.”

 

To conclude the trip, the group of 48 participants from the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand -11 with limited mobility or who need assistance from others, and 37 that provide support-, were received the by the City Council of Santiago, specifically by the Department of Economy and Facenda, Marta Abal. At 12 o’clock they attended the traditional Pilgrim Mass, in the Church of San Francisco and, after discovering the charms of the city, had dinner at the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, before embarking on a return trip on Sunday.

At CaminoWays.com, we were lucky to be able to have two members of the team walk with the group for the last 20 km to Santiago and this has been, without a doubt, one of the most inspiring experiences for the team. We realize everything is possible with passion and effort; It has been an incredible learning. We are happy to collaborate with this wonderful group from our agency and we will continue to give our full support to the foundation.

For more information on any of our walking or cycling tours or the 2020 I’ll Push You Accessible Camino, contact the travel specialists

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Comments

  1. By Barbara

    I first became aware of Justin and Patrick when they first wrote I’ll Push You. After reading their book I became an I’ll Push You lifetime fan. I have bought their books not only for myself but also for my library because I feel it is such an important story. As the grandmother of an 8 year non verbal grandson with CP I watched and prayed every step of this journey. I was in total awe. God Bless you all.

  2. By Lorna

    A wonderful testimony to persevere in the light of God’s path ….. I did this journey 8 years ago and it was very special for me …

  3. By Joseph sharp

    I was actually able to run into this group and get to know several of the people associated with it and what a life changing experience this was, not only to talk and get to know Justin and Patrick a little but a few of the others as well..There were friendships that will last a lifetime and I am so inspired to be more involved with this group…the time and experience I had with them will forever hold a special place in my heart..thank you for allowing me the privilege to be apart of this…

  4. By Elizabeth

    Your journey story is beautiful! And the odds were tremendous: everyone’s effort to work together and achieve miracles through God is such a great example to all the rest of us!

  5. By Theresa Ruttger

    I am a hospitalera at the Ribadiso albergue and talked with many of them as they came by. What an inspiring group of exceptional people. It was an honor to see them in action.
    I am so happy they made it and loved the picture in front of the Cathedral.
    Thank you –

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