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HERB BENHAM: Companions aid this weary traveler

Travel is an adventure — a contact sport too — but who knew that sleep would be near the top of the sporting list on our recent nine-day, 62-mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

A thousand years ago, pilgrims weren't sleeping in cushy hotels, they were sprawled on rocky ground, hiding in cornfields and, more recently, toughing it out in overheated and overcrowded hostels, 40 to a room, with toilets exploding every 10 minutes.

Email contributing columnist Herb Benham at His column appears here on Sundays; the views expressed are his own.