And on the last day they….

We are now about 20 km from the Cathedral in Santiago. We arrived in O Pedrouzo around 2 after a relatively easy 20 km. We (some who have walked from SJPDP, Pamplona, Leon and Sarria and had a nice dinner and talked about the fact that this was the last dinner before Santiago and what that meant. For me, still not sure. I know this last 12 days of walking have given me a chance to reflect on how lucky and loved and supported I have been in my life. I have seen signs of my father in the singing of other pilgrims, my godmother in the flowers and butterflies, and my cousin in the horses along the trail . I walk the Camino for myself but I am not alone.  I am thankful for having known and been loved and loved them.  So tomorrow is the end of my Camino but perhaps a new understanding. 

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What a Friday morning should look like

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Friday and mixed feelings

After a good night’s sleep and retaping the feet, we are enjoying a coffee and fresh OJ before heading out to Arcos,  20 km down the trail and our goal for the day. We will take our time and enjoy the last full day on the Camino before tomorrow’s arrival in Santiago.  I am struck by the symbolism of wanting to slow down and savour these last days before arriving at Santiago. It seems to me to be like life. When young we are eager to move forward and when older we realize the end might be near so we want to slow

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Susan trying to steal a Spanish dog

down and enjoy. Cheers

Thursday Trace Part II

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1145600809

Safely arrived in Arzua after covering about 33km (according to my GPS) today over 6 river valleys. Best weather yet but we are beat after just shy of 11 hours on the trail.

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We started at about the 66km point and are now at the 38 km mark so we walked officially 28 km . I think the difference between what the GPS indicates is moving back and forth across trails etc. Will send pictures later. DON’T STOP WALKING.

Another day. Less than 100 km remains

Today was a long but good day on the Camino. The terrain has shifted and we now walk through rolling Galician hills. Today we made it Portomarin.  A town relocated as a reservoir has now made the original site a Spanish Atlantis. The church was moved brick by brick to the new site. 

We also met the “Sarrians” so called as they are starting their journey from Sarria. They could be identified by shiny new gear and clean boots. I enjoyed their energy and the trail,while busier , is not crowded. 

We are also now less than 100 km from Santiago. We are hopeful we will make it but both pretty sore. We will walk slow tomorrow to Palais del Rei. Another 25 km day….we plan to leave early as we expect the distance to take 7 to 8 hours depending on the terrain.

Cheers!