The spiritual dimension of walking a historic pilgrimage route elevates long-distance walking to an experience richer than sight-seeing or peak-bagging. This new Mini Camino to Reno route is a blank slate and walkers can seek out new spiritual experiences on their own, and invite others to join.
One tradition that I adapted from Camino de Santiago is carrying in my pack a small stone from home, representing my burdens or prayers or aspirations. At the Truckee River bridge in downtown Reno, I took a moment to reflect on my journey and then tossed my stone into the river. My pack and my heart were now much lighter than when I began my walk five days before.