1,500 kilometers.

500,000 years of history.

One ordinary family.



Most people know better than to try to tackle the French and Spanish legs of the Camino de Santiago in one summer, and virtually no one does it with three kids. But long on confidence and short on common sense, two American expats decided to try.

Inexperienced, underprepared, and with only the vaguest notion of the pilgrimage, the family set off from Le Puy en Velay, France, in July 2012, bound for Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1,500 km away. Part family memoir, part history, Onward, Backward! recounts their personal adventure as well as the outrageous, often funny, and sometimes shocking stories of the people who have lived near that old road for the last half-million years.

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