Day Forty – O Pedrouza to SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Thursday 28 June 2018

We made it!

  • 37 days of walking (plus 3 rest days)
  • 840 kilometres (plus a couple of buses)
  • 4 very sore feet to which we are both very grateful for carrying us on this wonderful journey.

Cathedral at Santiago de Compostella. Top right showing stonework of Pilgrim and bottom right queue to enter for the Pilgrim’s Mass held daily at midday.

The cathedral nave with statue of St. James whose remains are entombed within.

Around Santiago de Compostella – another lovely old city with hidden laneways and cobblestone streets. Top left is as we enter the tunnel that leads us to the end of our journey with bagpipes playing.

Not sure what this was to represent as there was no plaque but I’m sure most pilgrims can relate to it!

This was a very special journey for us with hours of walking alone taking in the beautiful Spanish countryside and receiving the kind hospitality of the local villagers.

The lone walking was always followed by wonderful evenings enjoying the company of  fellow pilgrims from all over the world.

The first we met were Jorge and Silke from Germany with whom we shared many dormitories and dinners, football and flunkyball.

Then Hannah and Andre both from Germany and Peter from Canberra (originally from Perth Western Australia).

Hanna’s friend who flew in to Santander to meet her and Goncales German/Portugese.

Hannah from Germany who taught us how to play Flunkey Ball and Peter from Perth who helped the Aussies to ‘Camino Flunkey Ball Champions’ sorry Hannah.

And the group of girls with whom we walked the last couple of hundred kilometres reaching Santiago a few hours before us. Dominique and Miriam from Montreal, Selina and Cecile from Germany.

These are just a handful of those we shared our evenings with from so many different places. Italy, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Argentina, United States oh yes, and Spain.

7 Comments

  • Mac July 1, 2018 at 07:41 Reply

    Wow, what an awesome life achievement.

    • Ron and Susan July 7, 2018 at 18:57 Reply

      Thanks Mac, a lot tougher in parts than we thought but so worth the effort.

  • Jeannette bull June 30, 2018 at 19:53 Reply

    Well done so proud of your achievements .

    • Ron and Susan July 7, 2018 at 18:56 Reply

      Thanks Jeannette we are very fortunate to have the opportunity and the good health.

  • Jeannette bull June 30, 2018 at 19:52 Reply

    So proud of you guys amazing effort .

  • Yvonne Fahl June 29, 2018 at 15:54 Reply

    Congratulations to you both on a super, magnificent effort. Just amazing. I would have given my “eye teeth” to do this, but left it all too late Peter hates walking and always has!!! So many beautiful sights you have seen, and the sheer experience of the Pilgrimage. Good on you both. Much love Yvonne and Peter.

    • Ron and Susan July 7, 2018 at 19:04 Reply

      Thanks Yvonne. It was such a privilege to be able to experience this. Now to get my feet sorted out for the next one!

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