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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 […]

Day 34 – Vilalba to Baamonde

6/13/17 – 18.6km/11.6mi from Vilalba to Baamonde. It was fairly formulaic today – hike, yoga, food, drink, sleep. So instead, I’m going to talk about the “stages” or “aspects” of the journey. During the last week of our first Camino, we felt real strong. We conditioned ourselves, and endurance was high. So while some members […]

Day 33 – Gontán to Vilalba

6/12/17 – 25.4km/15.8mi from Gontán to Vilalba, with smooth rolling hills. The altitude here in Galicia means that every day, we start off in a cloud of fog. Today’s cloud of fog was so dense, it actually felt like rain, and that means I got to break out “Big Pink,” my ridiculous poncho, again. But, […]

Day 32 – Lourenza to Gontán

6/11/17 – 23.8km/14.8mi from Lourenza to Gontán, with a total of 1300m/4265ft of ascent and descent. Today featured 2 stages. The first was a 2-hour stage from Lourenza to the very pretty town of Mondoñedo that featured a decent climb. After a coffee break, and checking out the gorgeous Mondoñedo town center and Cathedral, we […]

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