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About JIM





A Little bit about me and the walk

I am from La Salle-Peru, Illinois. I was born April 23, 1945. I Retired in 2009 and lived in California, Arizona and Florida. The last two years I spent in Mexico and now live in Thailand. I grew up working with my father in the restaurant business. I spent the rest of my life in sales and owning several businesses.

I have been known as “The Idea Man.” However, my ideas are not invariably good ones! Nevertheless,… always have one and have no fear to try something new.



In 1981, I went back to school and got a degree in “Video and Motion Picture Production.” Which turned into one of my favorite hobby’s today.



My life has been filled with success and failure, but always had a “Lesson learned” attached. I am in recovery from an alcohol and drug problem, but haven’t had a drink since 1981. I always say, “Every time I drank I got Married.’ My marriages turned into a disaster because of my addiction problem. Today, I am not the person I was!



My true love is writing and video; however, do not consider myself an expert in either. I am terrible with spelling and punctuation, but do feel I am good at expressing how I feel on any subject. Over the years, I have had many volunteer editors help me to improve. I think by the time I turn 100, I will have it down pat!



Throughout my life even as a child I had a memory disorder. I think it was A.D.D., but in the 50s, they didn’t even know what that was. Today I still deal with that issue but in a different way.

Writing is very important to me, even if no one reads it. It opens a door to my heart and by-pass my head. I have published many stories on Yahoo and other publications. I have even written a book about some of my life experiences called “I FIRED GOD (but hired a new one)”

I have started a new book about my life-changing experiences since I left Mexico and came to Thailand. Most authors come up with a title when the book is finished. With my new book, the title came to me instantly, “I AM WE.” That is my newest life discovery!



OK enough about me and where I came from. The important part is where I am today and where I am going!

There is a ton of books about this historic walk which people have been doing since the middle ages. The most famous is from the world-renowned author Paulo Coelho. His book “The Alchemist” has been read by millions around the world. One of his other books “The Pilgrimage” has also inspired many to look at life “A different Way.”

I am trying my best to “NOT” read these books. I want to create my own experience! I don’t want to start out with any expatriation. I am trying to read everything I can find on what to bring, what not to bring where to stop for the day, internet access, etc.
So, I guess our trip will be a mystery for all of us. It sounds exciting….Right! Jim 




  1. Kathleen Eglet says:

    You are an amazing person and, best grilling hamburgers when I was a waitress at the ‘Stop & Eat’. We were a great team. Those were the days, my friend.
    Anyway, good luck with you expedition. Makr sure you have good wallking shoes or you will end up like a cat w/o pads.
    Best, Kathy Eglet

    • Kathy, yes… those 15 cent hamburgers were good! Wish I had one now. I agree, those memories at the “Stop & Eat” were fun. I think I have the right shoes for the walk. They are light, waterproof and good for my back. I am going to order them on ebay and pick them up on my visit back to the US for Christmas. Love Thailand!

  2. Robert Cusick says:

    You’re the man! Delighted by your transparency and happy to be reconnected — if only on facebook. Keep writing. Keep living with curiosity and abandon. You’re making a difference. All good wishes, always… – Robert

  3. Ron says:

    Howdy Jim … no one in reasonable physical condition is too old to do a Camino. You know, of course, that there are different paths and that the one most frequented is the Camino Francés, the one in the ‘The Way’. I’ve done that, plus walking from le Puy-en-Vealy to Saint-Jean Pier-de-Port where ‘The Way’ starts. Additionally, I’ve done the Camino del Norte and the Camino Portugués. I’m hoping to do another of the paths in the spring, please God … and I’m several years older than you. I say to you ‘Ultrea’ and, as you’ll hear many times on the trail, ‘Buen Camino’.

    Ron … in Canada

  4. steve underwood says:

    Jim, my mom spotted the article about you in her local paper( Ottawa, IL) and thought I would be interested in your story. I am also planning to do the Camino and had recommended “THE WAY” to her. If you enjoy reading, check out the novel “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce. It is the story of a retired man in England and his pilgimage across 500 miles of English countryside to see a dying friend. Like you, he did it with few supplies and little or no money, relying on the generosity of strangers. Have a great trip!

    All men die, but few men really live. William Wallace

    • Hi Steave, thanks for the suggestion I will check out the book. I am excited for you to do the Camino. Everyone gets a different experience as you know. You are right about few people really live, I think fear to expect the unexpected is the reason. Sure glad were not like that! Jim

  5. Margaret Hanlon says:

    Hi Jim ,you are an amazing person&I wish you a beautiful,happy&fulfilling journey on your Camino to Santiago&all your needs Will be provided for on the way of St James..l have walked the way in 30days &Its a life changing experience!& would love to o it again for charity &,hope I Will be able to soon.
    Buen Camino!

  6. Hi Jim!
    I guess we met on the Camino this year in July/ August, didn`t we? I am Andreas Schneider, from Germany! We met in Fisterra, togehter with David. You helped me finding the Albergue to get my Fisterra-Diploma, and we had breakfast togheter in the Albergue Do Mar in Fisterra before I traveled home at Juli the 31st! I am not totaly sure but I think you are the Jim I met 🙂 I found your website by Facebook.
    I have also a Blog: camino09.blogspot.de
    Have a nice day… BUEN CAMINO 🙂


    • Hay yes….good to hear from you! Yes that was me, what a great experience we had. have not talked to David yet. i did make a video of Do mar, click the link. I am working on my Camino video and writing a book, so if you could write me a paragraph or two about what your experience was I will put it in my book.

      I will check out your blog, stay happy and keep enjoying every second we have. Jim

      my email is jimideaman@netzero.net Come to Thailand for a visit, you will love it!

  7. Hi Jim! I have been reading your life story and you are amazing. I, too, know hardships. I grew up in an orphanage after my alcoholic parents abandoned me on a country road in South Georgia back in 1960 when I was nine [9] years old.

    I am doing the Camino Frances from 13 Sep 2004 to 11 Nov 2014 but allowing about 42 days to get to Santiago. Thus, I will have about 17 days to try Finistera or Muxia. Which do you recommend?

    Also, could you please share with me [direct message] on http://www.facebook.com/TrekCaminoForDiabetesCure to let me know where you obtained the dark t-shirt with large yellow shell viewed on the Little Fox House website video?

    Thank you, and God bless your continued journey.


    • Hi Noah, nice to meet you! I love your background, by that I mean… what you went through and where you are today, Plus what is as important sharing your life experience. Your project along with your walk sounds fantastic. Your plan for your walk sounds; right on, take your time, the Camino will talk to you! Answers to some life questions… you never thought of. One of the toughest parts (not the physical part) for me and maybe you, was to detach from our past, when I finely did that this whole life thing…came together! I actually had to un-learn things. You will have a blast. remember; this is a fun..life changing experience that you don’t want to over-plan.

      As far as your walk I started in St Jean and made my way to Santiago which took me 56 days, I did walk slow because I am writing a book about my experience and took recording equipment plus several cameras, I am sure you can make that in less time. From Santiago I took the bus to Finistera. I strongly recommend to do the walk to Muxia from Finistera, someone told me about that last leg they said…magical things will happen and they did! Of course The Little Fox House is the perfect way yo end the walk but your journey will continue. The tee shirt I bought in Santiago, right in front of the cathedral (on the side entrance) in one of the outdoor shops. Good luck with your fund raising part of your journey. I did friend you on F.B. and if you like I can give you some suggestions on the donation part of your walk. For the fun of it I started a blog called “The Snail Gang,” I think you will enjoy it. Jim click..http://caminopilgrimsnailgang.wordpress.com/

  8. De La Sierra says:

    Muy bien dicho, Peregrino. Buen Camino!!

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