Trail Mix

920 km on the Camino de Santiago

By (author): Jules Torti
Foreword by: Jane Christmas
ISBN 9781771604802
Softcover | Publication Date: September 27, 2021
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
336 Pages

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.

About the Author(s)

Jules Torti is former editor-in-chief of Harrowsmith magazine. She has been published in Cottage Life, The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, and Matador and was a columnist for Massage Therapy Canada. She also writes for Coast Mountain Culture, Kootenay Mountain Culture, Travelife, realtor.ca’s Living Room blog, and Live Small Town magazine. Her memoir Free to a Good Home: With Room for Improvement was published by Caitlin Press in 2019. After looking at 88 houses and living in a barn for a year, she found her home on the 45th parallel, in Lion’s Head (near Owen Sound), Ontario.

Jane Christmas is the author of numerous bestselling books, including What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim, about her mid-life pilgrimage on Spain’s Camino trail; Incontinent on the Continent, which details her six-week trip through Italy with her elderly mother; as well as And Then There Were Nuns, a humorous memoir about Jane’s decision to enter religious life, which was a finalist for the 2014 Leacock Memorial Award for Humour. Jane lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Reviews

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