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In “Europe, One Step at a Time,” the reader joins me on a 6,000-kilometre hike from southwest Portugal to northeast Estonia. With my retirement came the opportunity to take six trips to Europe to fulfill the dream of walking each step of the way across that continent.
Unfortunately, a gang assaulted me in a park soon after I started on this adventure. I returned home to heal my wounds, gather my courage and return to the trail more determined to reach that faraway goal.
Morning sunshine could bring the twitter of birds, or a thunderstorm might doom me to being splashed by passing trucks. Finding a bed for the night proved challenging, but hiking vast distances was rewarding.
In the rhythm of placing one foot in front of the other, my brain reviewed old memories as I came to terms with the challenges of my early years. The reader can join me on the two journeys: one took me along a path across Europe; the other led through the recesses of my mind.
Joseph Koot retired from a nurse manager position in the federal prison system to become an author. During retirement Joseph hiked across Europe, which provided material and energy for the five books he has written.
His wife Joanne retired from a teaching career after they had raised five children in their home in the country overlooking Shepody Bay. Now Joseph and Joanne enjoy the youthfulness of their grandchildren.