The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned; other major pilgrimage routes include the Via Francigena to Rome and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. (wikipedia)
When I first here about the Camino, this was my thought: "Why, oh why on earth you ask, would you subject yourself to such punishment?" (Vagabondish), But, "Just ask anybody who has completed the 800 kilometer Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and they’ll probably have many compelling reasons for you."
Lee Sandstead under took this "insanity" not once, but three times. In addition to all the "wonderful" things all Camino Pilgrims claim to take away from their journey, Lee has put together quite an impressive portfolio of photographs from his: Camino de Santiago