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What happens when all the pieces of life fit together perfectly yet still result in feelings of ceaseless emptiness and dissatisfaction?

Despite the blessings of a prosperous life, Pat lives with a sense of dissatisfaction. He’s haunted by a feeling of purposelessness for which he cannot seem to find a solution. When a fateful phone call puts Pat on the proverbial edge, he knows he needs answers even if he doesn’t know the questions.

Pat recalls hearing of the Camino de Santiago—the five-hundred mile spiritual path through France and Spain that ends at the traditional burial site of James the Apostle. In his state of unrest and longing, Pat makes the bold decision to embark upon the ancient pilgrimage on foot.

Two Million Steps captures Pat’s incredible journey of self-discovery along his trek through Europe and the places, people, and events he encounters along the way. For Pat, physical pain becomes a badge of honor. Every step he takes leads him closer to healing his soul and to becoming a new person.


About the Author

Patrick DeVaney is a native of Ticonderoga, New York, and has spent much of his life in Albany, where he presently works in the residential real estate industry. He and his wife, Judy, have two sons.

Since undertaking the Camino de Santiago reflected in Two Million Steps, DeVaney has completed four Caminos, walking more than two thousand miles. 

Two Million Steps, Paperback

Despite having a good life, Patrick DeVaney feels broken inside. To heal his wounded soul, he embarks on a life-changing, five-hundred-mile pilgrimage through Europe.

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El Camino De Santiago

For over 1,000 years, El Camino de Santiago has been the 500-mile religious pilgrimage to El Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, where it is said the remains of Jesus' apostle, Saint James the Greater, lie.

While there are a number of routes, the French way is one of the most commonly traveled. Connecting St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, France to Galicia in northwestern Spain, this popular route is fed by three additional pathways to the Cathedral. 

The 815 km journey starts at the foot of the French Pyrenees, and stretches through the Basque country, the La Rioja wine region, the sparsely populated Spanish Meseta and ends in Galicia. The hike is challenging because many individuals are not accustomed to walking long distances for up to forty days at one time.

Join Pat on his many caminos across northern Spain in Two Million Steps.