DAY 39: BOENTE TO SANTA IRENE
I can’t contain my excitement; tomorrow is THE day. The mother of all days, the Big Kahuna.
God willing, it will be our finale hurrah on the main section of the Camino de Santiago.
But this entry is about today and today was similar to the last week.
We walked among newbie mint-colored eucalyptus trees as birds merrily chirped and cows sullenly mooed.
We split a beef empanada and egg omelette at an outdoor patio for lunch.
And for lodging, we reserved an albergue off the Camino trail before the “normal” end stage. At first glance, we were concerned that we would be cut up in little pieces in the middle of the night and end up in a freezer, but it ended up being a fantastic place with nice owners.
We asked about dinner options since we saw none on our way in and the owner drove us to a place. It’s the first time we have been in a car in seven weeks! It feels kind of strange.
We tipped him a few euros which he reluctantly took. Before we went to sleep, he came back with bananas and apples for us. It was a nice way to end the day
I cannot wait for tomorrow!
DAY 40: SANTA IRENE TO SANTIAGO
WE CAME. WE WALKED. WE CONQUERED.
500 miles in 40 days!
My feet didn’t fall off, my legs didn’t turn to jello, and I didn’t want to throw my backpack down river. I’d say it was a success.
Some people have said they are sad to have their journey end. I thought about this and analyzed my feelings on whether or not I was ready to move on to the next phase of our trip.
Hmmm. How do I feel about our adventure ending? I think these pictures say it all…
All jokes aside, I am curious to see the lasting effects of walking the Camino. I didn’t have much time for reflection while on it and I’m sure once things settle down and it soaks in, I will miss its simplicity.
My current state is excitement, fulfillment, and a huge sense of pride. It was challenging, but we did it.
We still have a short hike to Muxia and Finnisterre on the coast. Then we will spend three weeks road tripping through Portugal and two additional weeks in southern Spain. We are fortunate to have more to look forward to in the coming weeks.
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