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‘My Journey’ recounts pilgrimage

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Author Larry Edgar stands next to a marker at the border to the state of Galicia during his pilgrimage to the burial site of the Apostle John.

In the latter part of the 10th century, the burial site of the Apostle James was discovered in northwestern Spain. James had spent seven years in Spain and upon returning to Jerusalem was beheaded by Herod. His body was then spirited back to Spain. Today, the site of this discovery is the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela and the end of a pilgrimage that has been walked for more than a thousand years.

“My Journey” is about Larry Edgar’s pilgrimage that started in Saint Jean Pied du Port, France, in July 2003. After crossing the Pyrenees, the Mesita – a 200-mile-long flat – and the mountains of Galicia, he arrived in Santiago 36 days and 500 miles later. Pope John Paul said, “Pilgrimage is a journey to the heart,” and “My Journey” tells the story of this walk. Every chapter of the book is a day of walking. During the 11th and 12th centuries, 250,000 pilgrims made the journey each year. Now, it is about 30,000 per year.

On the walk Edgar encountered people from 36 different countries, lots of blisters, Spanish food, a torn Achilles tendon, record-setting heat, the beauty of northern Spain and God. All these events were recorded in a journal. Late in the journey Edgar decided that turning the writing in the journal into something more readable could be a gift to his then 2-year-old granddaughter, Allison Elizabeth.

The book is printed on acid-free paper and hand bound by the author. The layout and printing and all but one of the 55 color photographs are by the author. Each book is signed and numbered. Allison has book No. 1.

Edgar has been a resident of South Lake Tahoe for the past 18 months. He is retired from 30 years as an illustrator in environmental services with the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

He said that he had always wanted to experience a vision quest, but never had time with working and raising a family. When he moved to San Francisco in 1999, he met a priest at St. Gregory of Nyssa, who had walked the pilgrimage. When Edgar heard him talking about the experience he decided this was what he wanted to do and thought it would fulfill his spiritual need.

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He was supported spiritually and financially by the church.

Edgar said that he plans to take another pilgrimage in the future and would like to take his granddaughter with him.

If you go

Who: Author Larry Edgar

What: Booksigning for “My Journey”

When: Saturday, March 18, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: Neighbors Bookstore, 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Village Center