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The road to Santiago

on September 20, 2013

Here are some pics from these past two days as we come to the end of our journey. We revised our plan a bit – instead of cruising into Santiago on Saturday, we have added some km and will arrive on Friday instead. The 30km trek today felt quite long (tho the eucalyptus trees were a welcome touch of home), but tomorrow should be less than 25km for the final stretch to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
Mixed feelings now – after 31 days of walking, it will be so strange to fall out of this routine (5.45am wake up; 6.30am departure; stop in the first town for cafe con leche and toast or a chocolate napolitana; walk til 1.30pm or thereabouts; find a bed; shower; wash clothes; eat lunch; find a supermarket for supplies; fill in time til early dinner; bed at around 9pm – usually later in the earlier days, sometimes earlier in the latter days).
I have met some wonderful people, seen some truly beautiful sights, eaten some delicious food, drunk some nice wines (once even mixed with Coke, a Spanish taste sensation, and often chilled reds with Lift and ice to make a refreshing sangria-style number). I have walked more than 800km, carrying a backpack that weighed around 8kg. I have laughed a lot, thought a lot, prayed a bit and enjoyed my time away from everything in the real world.
Without wanting to get too sappy, this experience has been a real gift and I am so grateful to my peeps at home for their love, support and encouragement; to my Camino family for their extraordinary friendship and incredible care (especially Steph, Susana and Dave); to all the people we have met along the Way who have shared this awesome experience; to the Boss who arranged for perfect weather, great people, beautiful sunrises & sunsets and a safe journey; to the slightly crabby Doctor who jabbed me with two healing injections; to the people of France & Spain who have welcomed us into their towns and baked delicious pastries; and of course, to Steph – my blister sister – without whom I would never have gone on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
And to YOU: if you get the chance, or can make the chance, to take part in a little or a lot of this epic ride, I wish you a super dooper Buen Camino. Xo

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4 responses to “The road to Santiago

  1. Jennifer Ley says:

    Wow Cath, What a journey. A treasure to carry with you every day of your life. Every day from now on will be an extension of your Camino . There is no boundary on what you can achieve nor limit to the goals you can set. I thoroughly enjoyed reading EDS to David in the middle of the night to follow your progress with our Steph and your Camino friends. So proud of you and Steph . The pics are beautiful . Savour your arrival in Santiago de Compostella. Jenn xx

  2. Noela K says:

    It has been so inspiring and rewarding and to be able to be spirited along for the journey with you…thank you! You will be even more especially in my thoughts and prayers as you complete this epic experience. Enjoy every blessed moment. Peace, Noela K x

  3. Born to (Walk) says:

    Bruce Springsteen was responsible for your weather? What a legend!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ve walked my Camino again through you posts and photos.Your Camino will enrich your life so many ways. Well done Steph and Cath. Carole

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