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Travels with My Donkey: One Man and His Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago Paperback – January 24, 2006
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Mr. Moore first became aware of the Camino when he met a pilgrim on "a small boat in Norway." As is common with those who've walked the Way, the idea settled in his mind and bloomed after a period of germination. Also like the typical pilgrim, he began doing research and making preparations for the trek. However, unlike most of us he decided to bring along a donkey. After some searching, he finally found one named Shinto and committed to his adventure. He and Shinto were trailered to Valcarlos, Spain, and commenced their trek to Santiago one step at a time.
During the next forty-one days, Mr. Moore and Shinto experienced numerous adventures on the Camino. Shinto became somewhat of a focal point - most of the time for good, but sometimes for ill. The author soon discovered the difficulties involved in herding a somewhat truculent donkey, including health issues, finding enough food for both of them, and securing donkey-friendly accommodation. Even so, he persevered and eventually formed a bond with Shinto based on shared hardship.
"TWMD" reminded me a lot of Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods," another humorous account of a trek along an old trail.Read more ›
"No man can ever have felt more proud of a donkey as I did watching Shinto crap atop the Cruz de Ferro. It was, indeed, his pilgrimage too." - from TRAVELS WITH MY DONKEY, as the author and Shinto stand atop the famous pilgrimage milestone
In 2004, for no particular reason related to piety, author Tim Moore decided to make the venerable east to west pilgrimage across the width of northern Spain starting at Valcarlos and ending at Santiago de Campostela at the enshrined (supposed) remains of the apostle Saint James. Not wishing to carry his stuff all 466 miles, Moore decides to pack it in with a donkey. Thus Shinto, an ultimately endearing 200 kilogram package of obstinacy, phobias, and more or less stoic forbearance.
The books biggest flaw is the lack of any photos - especially photos of "Shints" - even though the author makes multiple references to pictures taken.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the story and the interesting facts about the history of the pilgrimage to Santiago. I found Tim Moore's writing style to be a bit smart mouthed which was off-putting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cheryl Brimer
Very informative book but I never finished reading it because inbetween the wonderful information it was crass and vulgar. Too bad. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kim Leatham
Very well written and absolutely hilarious. A wonderful journey.Published 10 months ago by Desert Dweller
Is wilfully and intentionally neglecting to learn even the basics about donkey care, and somehow having the audacity to remain patronising, funny? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Barry Siragusa
the author spends way too much time trying to be too funny all the time---after a while it gets old--story was ok and he is a great writer, with a great vocabulary but like I said,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by The Hikemaster
Interesting twist on the Camino trail narrative in that the author decides to make about 500 kilometers with a donkey. Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. D. Rhody