Taking a hike can be good for what ails you. But one San Antonio man took an extraordinarily long hike. One that didn’t end until more than a month later, and on the west coast of Spain.
“I kind of went into it blind, just, you know, with what my buddy had told me. And I was thinking this will be good. This will be a great challenge,” he said.
Ricardo Chavira had a specific reason to accept a major challenge: turning 50.
“I wanted to do something unequivocal,” he said.
You might remember Chavira from his eight years opposite Eva Longoria on “Desperate Housewives” or perhaps more recently on “Selena: The Series.”
In his real life, Chavira heard about an unusual adventure from that buddy, and was intrigued.
“I have a very good friend of mine that he and I worked together for many years on a project in Los Angeles. And he’s the guy that kind of gets me to do weird things,” Chavira said.
Weird things like running marathons. The friend’s name is Didier, and last year during the COVID-19 lockdown he did something called the Camino De Santiago. Didier kept Chavira informed on social media.
“He starts posting some photos, sent me a couple of videos, called me from it (the Camino). And I was like, this is amazing,” he said.
The Camino De Santiago is a pilgrimage, and in a fashion, one that can be traced back to Jesus Christ.
“That’s where the resting place is for the remains of St. James,” he said.
Christians believe St. James was one of Christ’s disciples, and his remains are said to be interred in the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. That’s where the pilgrimage leads.