About the Book
A rollicking travel memoir that invites the curious, the initiated, and even the skeptics to tag along on the ever-changing landscape of “The Way”
For many, walking the Camino is a decision predictably triggered by death, divorce, or a career crisis. It’s not Everest and it ain’t no walk in the park, but the Camino ‘family’ continues to inexplicably grow. In 2018 alone, 327,342 pilgrims were received at the pilgrim office in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Pilgrims worldwide are attracted to the gilded mystery and hope of the Camino. Like the Ouija board, magic 8-ball and Ann Landers, it surreptitiously provides answers.
There is snoring. Sleep apnea. Threadbare patience. Frayed nerves. Sour socks. A lot of salami. Shifting from a walk-in closet to a walking closet of just 10 pounds, Jules and Kim decided to walk the historic Camino before their lower backs (or any other body parts) decided otherwise. Jules learned all the essential Spanish they’d need — luckily everything that was necessary ended in ‘o’: vino tinto (red wine), queso (cheese), corto (small beer), chorizo (sausage), baño (bathroom).
Trail Mix is the open, frank, and funny story of one Canadian couple voted most unlikely to agree to such a daunting social experience.
Praise for Trail Mix: 920 km on the Camino de Santiago:
“Jules Torti embodies a common type of delusional pilgrim – upbeat, quirky, naïve, game for adventure – who doesn’t quite grasp the hardship ahead until her feet are firmly on the path. That’s part of the fun, and Jules is wonderful company. If you have dithered over walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, she just might have you lacing up hiking boots by the end of this delightful book.” —Jane Christmas, author of What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain’s Camino de Santiago de Compostela and Open House: A Life in Thirty-two Moves
“Jules Torti walks the Camino without map, compass, or mobile phone, but with her true love by her side. Even to this devout non-hiker, her account is mesmerizing, meditative, and sometimes hilarious. Stay for the surprise ending.” —Jan Wong, author of Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China
“A magician of merriment, Jules Torti brings her keen wit, sharp eye, and unquenchable delight in challenge to a famously rigorous journey.” —Rona Maynard, former editor of Chatelaine and author of My Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir
“Jules Torti’s Trail Mix is exactly what the post-pandemic doctor ordered, the ultimate leg stretch along the Camino Way. For anyone who loves a well-told tale from the trail, this engaging travelogue has something for everyone: the challenge of a trek, personal healing, quirky humour, and the simple satisfaction of pursuing a goal.” —Bill Arnott, bestselling author of Gone Viking: A Travel Saga and Gone Viking II: Beyond Boundaries
“Jules Torti doesn’t just tell you about her month-long pilgrimage across Spain; she invites you to share in all of its joy. Trail Mix captures the Camino magic that’s familiar to every person who’s walked the Way of Saint James, and that will surely be a magnet to anyone considering it – the interesting and international community of people, the satisfaction of a good day’s walk, and of course the food! Jules and Kim’s story will make you smile, and then strap on your pack and hiking boots.” —Beth Jusino, author of Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago
“In the tradition of every great travel memoir, Jules Torti takes the reader on an adventure with Trail Mix and awakens the wandering spirit in all of us that simply wants to get out there and roam.” —Jamey Glasnovic, author of Lost and Found: Adrift in the Canadian Rockies and A Few Feet Short: An Uncommon Journey to Everest
“Reading Jules Torti is like finding a new best friend, one who tells you all her secrets and convinces you to come along on spontaneous, life-changing road trips.” —Emily Taylor Smith, author of No Thanks, I Want to Walk: Two Months on Foot Around New Brunswick and the Gaspé
“A humorous, honest account of a transformative journey whose end – like all great journeys – is actually just the beginning. Trail Mix is a testimony to the empowerment of curiosity and commitment.” —Anik See, author of A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food and Travel
“Trail Mix is a hilarious account of one Way (out of endless ways) to hike the Camino, but it is much more than that. Trail Mix is a love story told through sock washes, coffee runs, and 920 kilometers of walking beside the one you love most in the world. I rooted for every quirky hiker and oddball pilgrim (even the snorers) Jules and her partner, Kim, met on The Camino, but it was Jules and Kim I cheered on the loudest.” —Sara Dykman, author of Bicycling with Butterflies: My 10,201-Mile Journey Following the Monarch Migration