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Day 30 – Olveiroa to Fisterra

Day 30 – Olveiroa to Fisterra – 33km + 6km After the 20+ mile scorcher to Olveiroa, David and I decided to get an early start on the day to get as much walking in during the cool morning weather as possible. However, this last day to Finisterre was quite beautiful. The walk out of […]

Day 29 – Negreira to Olveiroa

Day 29 – Negreira to Olveiroa- 20mi/33km – Observations and Photos I didn’t mention in yesterday’s post that these 3 days are a grind. You’re knocking out 90kms for either Finisterre or Muxía. Each day you’re climbing at least 700 feet, usually more. After the first relatively short day to Negreira, you’re in for a […]

Day 28 – Santiago de Compostela to Negreira

Day 28 – Santiago de Compostela to Negreira – 15.3mi/24.6km Like the epilogue to a book, there is a post-Camino Camino – the 3- or 4-day trek to Finisterre and/or Muxía. David and I have done the epilogue twice, and this will be our third. There’s something special about both destinations. Finisterre, which the Romans […]

Day 27 – O Faramello to Santiago de Compostela

Day 27 – O Faramello to Santiago de Compostela – 13.5mi/22km We had an early morning today and slowly but surely made our way to Santiago. The day into Santiago is the culmination of a journey that people take for hundreds of miles over several weeks, or dozens of small sections over several years. And […]

Day 26 – Vilanova de Arousa to O Faramello

Day 26 – Vilanova de Arousa to O Faramello – 10mi/16km This last day of the “Spiritual Way” follows part of the “Ruta Del Mar,” the route that St James’s remains reportedly took in 44 AD from Jerusalem to their final resting place in Santiago de Compostela … on a boat! We woke up at […]

Day 25 – Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa

Day 25 – Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa – 24km – Observations and Photos Today’s walk took us through “La Ruta da Pedra e da Auga,” The “Path of Stone and Water.” It was a beautiful forest path along the Rio Armenteira, which passed a number of laundry channels and dozens of old stone mills […]

Day 24 – Pontevedra to Armenteira

Day 24 – Pontevedra to Armenteira – 14.2mi/23km After seeing 110+ hostel beds get snapped up yesterday before 3pm, we were worried. With so many other peregrinos coming to Pontevedra from the coastal route, we woke up early and planned to be quick with our stops today to make sure we had places at the […]

Day 23 – Mos to Pontevedra

Day 23 – Mos to Pontevedra – 21mi/32km I’m off alarm duty. I slept right through my alarm and Finn, Lis, and “Uncle Bernard” took off before David and me today. They only left about 15 minutes before us but it took us at least an hour to catch up to them – they keep […]

Day 22 – Tui to Mos

Day 22 – Tui to Mos – 22km – Observations and Photos Last night, we stayed in a converted wing of a monastery last night with comfortable mattresses (compared to the rock-stiff ones we’ve slept on for most of the trip). So of course it was blazing hot and there were dozens of mosquitoes until […]

Day 21 – Rubiães to Tui

Day 21 – Rubiães to Tui – 14mi/22km This was my favorite day so far on the Portuguese Camino. We got an early 630am start but it was cool outside and the walking was very relaxed. We had nice conversations with some familiar faces we had been seeing the past few days, and a couple […]

Day 20 – Ponte de Lima to Rubiães

Day 20 – Ponte de Lima to Rubiães – 11.8mi/19km Exhausted from 3 gruelingly long days, we learned today would be EVEN hotter than yesterday, but mercifully shorter. The only catch was we’d have a fairly steep 350m (over 1100’) climb over a ridge. At the same time, I was worried about my ability to […]

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