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Friends, Since we launched “¿Por Que Peregrino?” just over three years ago, we have been immensely proud that a diverse community of pilgrims helped build our site by sharing so many wonderful memories from their Caminos. We want to ensure that those stories reach all sorts of people who are either thinking about the Camino […]

Day 44 – Finisterre to Muxía

6/23/17 – 31.2km/19.3mi from Finisterre to Muxía. This was it. The very last day. The end of my second Camino. I actually put off writing this for a few days because I needed some time both to unwind, and to figure out what closing thoughts I had. So I guess this is a bit long. […]

Day 43 – “Day Off” in Finisterre

6/22/17 – “Day Off” in Finisterre. We had a great time last night celebrating a monumental accomplishment. Not to mention that we’ve covered nearly 100 km since Santiago, in just three days. That’s taxing. As strong as we have become on this journey, we’re definitely tired, mentally and physically. That exhaustion manifested in a few […]

Day 42 – Olveiroa to Finisterra

6/21/17 – 49.2km/30.6mi from Olveiroa to Finisterre, which the ancient Romans thought was “the end of the world.” The distance includes the distance we walked to Finisterre, in town, and climbing to the “lighthouse at the end of the world” and back. The stars were smiling on our night in Olveiroa as we had a […]

Day 41 – Negreira to Olveiroa

6/20/17 – 35.1km/21.8mi from Negreira to Olveiroa. I’ve been enjoying seeing again some of the things that we saw on the Finisterre trip in 2014. For example, the sign for the town of “Fornos,” vandalized so it says “Pornos.” A little puerile, but I found this gleefully delightful back then and now. The Camino Finisterre also has […]

Day 40 – Santiago de Compostela to Negreira

6/19/17 – 22.8km/14.2mi from Santiago de Compostela to Negreira. After 40 days and 40 nights of traveling through a certain desert, certain people reached a final destination. We… have a few more to go. Our “Camino family” has dwindled from 10 to 4, and only Serrina, Courtney, David, and I are left. But we will […]

Day 39 – Monte de Gozo to Santiago de Compostela

6/18/17 – “815km/506mi” from Monte de Gozo (ok, from Irún, Spain) to SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA!!! Finally, after a long, difficult, but surely an enjoyable journey, WE REACHED SANTIAGO, which was reason to celebrate! In 2014, we walked 500 miles. And this year, as the song goes, we walked 500 more! My Compostela (certificate) says we […]

Day 38 – Arzúa to Monte de Gozo

6/17/17 – 40(!!)km/24.8mi from Arzúa to Monte de Gozo We’re nearing the end. And so many thoughts are racing through my mind. On this Camino, we’ve had bitter cold and blazing heat. Absolute still air and gusting winds. Sheets of rain and heavy, still humidity. It’s hard to pack light for those kinds of variations. […]

Day 37 – Sobrado Dos Monxes to Arzúa

6/16/17 – 29.8km/18.5mi from Sobrado Dos Monxes to Arzúa Today also promised to be a scorcher so the crew took off early from their hostel at 6:20 to beat the heat. Buuuuut, I slept in the monastery and was so comfortable that I woke up late! I left at 7:17, nearly an hour behind the […]

Day 36 – A Lagoa to Sobrado dos Monxes

6/15/17 – 29.8km/18.5mi from A Lagoa to Sobrado Dos Monxes. Knowing that it would be very hot this afternoon, we all agreed to get walking about an hour earlier than we usually do, about 6am. The good news is that we spent several hours walking in crisp cool comfort. And also we’ve added Giovanni to […]

Day 35 – Baamonde to A Lagoa

6/14/17 – 18.6km/11.6mi from Baamonde to A Lagoa. After a night of merrymaking in Baamonde, some of the crew woke up not feeling so good. Solution? Open up one of our bottles of wine left over from yesterday, and have a morning roadie. I tried to resist temptation, but in the end I had a […]

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