|Caminho da Fe, Sao Carlos is the start this year|
The Path of Faith was originally comprised of three main branches - the West branch, the North branch and Northwest branch which unite to form one single route. The Path is marked with yellow signals and arrows pointing Pilgrims in the right direction. Pilgrims are given the option to take longest route from one of the three "branch" cities or the ability to start anywhere along the Path that they choose. The Path crosses fields, woods, and mountains, affording the Pilgrims a unique experience; one of introspection, contact with nature, and healthy exertion. It traditionally takes 17 to 20 days to complete the longest route on foot, given that the pilgrim walks between 20 and 30 kilometers a day (about 12-19 miles). Cyclists have completed the path in roughly 8 to 10 days. Similar to the Camino de Santiago, Caminho da Fé offers a credencial, or pilgrim's passport, which is stamped along the way and exchanged for a certificado at the basilica. The Path is magical. From each Posada along the way,offering lodging to weary travelers, to the Brazilian people as a whole, who champion each pilgrim by offering food and drink, this is certainly much more than a "bucket list" item..... it is a transformational experience.
|Crendencial or Pilgrim's passport|
|Tony, Jarom and I 2011 finishing Brazil 135|
|Our Lady of Aparecida|
On January 16, 2013 Tony Portera and I will, for the second time, be embarking on this path. This time, our journey will be from Sao Carlos to Aparecida, approximately 351miles over 6 days. As before, we will both be competing in the Brazil 135 along the way. Here is our schedule:
Jan. 16: 67.1 miles from São Carlos to Tambaú
Jan. 17: 66.3 miles from Tambaú to Aguas Da Prata
Jan. 18: 71.5 miles of the Brazil 135
Jan. 19: 63.5 miles of the Brazil 135 to Paraisópolis
Jan. 20: 38.5 miles from Paraisópolis to Campos do Jordáo
Jan. 21: 44.8 miles from Campos do Jordáo to Aparecida
This will be a far more ambitious undertaking than our last effort. It is more miles over a shorter time frame. I have said before that Brazil has uphills, downhills and flat hills, thus making 60+ miles a day very taxing, to say the least. Also, our crossing is in January, which is not only summer but is also the rainy season in Brazil. This provides its own potential complications including significant rain and very high humidity. We will be running this Path not only as individuals, but in the spirit of the ultra community; one that has afforded us unbreakable bonds and extended family. Our Pilgrimage is also in support of our i2P and CAF families. If you are not familiar with those great non-profits, please check them out. You will be inspired and called to action by what they are up to. As always, I am being prepared and trained both physically and mentally for this journey by my good brother and i2P founder Ray Zahab.
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