Knowing there was a good day of walking ahead I took my host’s suggestion to eat at a place that specializes in Galician cuisine. It was excellent and I ate everything put in front of me. Enough to comfortably feed two people.
It was an amazing meal complete with a bottle of Albariño made with grapes from the family’s vineyards which are sent to the core Albariño area just north of the Portuguese border where we walked in 2016.
After a fitful sleep...to much wine no doubt, I was up and away early this morning. It was dark with heavy fog, but once I had climbed above it it was a pretty nice start to the day.
I saw only one other peregrino today and he turned off to find breakfast just as I caught up to him.
It was really wonderful to see the sunrise this morning. I miss it when the weather gets in the way.
A magical start to a special day!
Then for a time it was the usual Galecian trail scenery.
It was somewhat difficult to figure out where I was distance wise from Santiago. At first I wouldn’t look at the mileage on the route markers because they are situated every half kilometre so I figured it would make the day longer than needbe if I watched the distance slowly tick off. At a certain point some really clear thinkers have stolen the distance labels off all the way markers. So you have to become a bit aware to catch the clues.
The meal last night had the desired result as I was full of energy and didn’t feel tired like I had the day before.
I climbed Monte do Gordon and I knew I was close.
Last time Annemarie and I passed here it was pouring with lots of wind. We did stop to see the Pope’s acknowledgment, but we were unable to to find the place where the two famous peregrinos looking towards the Santiago cathedral in wonder were located. I was determined to find it this year and I was successful!
I was all alone today and also here. So I took a half hour to quietly reflect on all that has passed these past weeks. I think this was the place that suited my purpose. The plaza in front of the cathedral should be a place of celebration...and believe me, it was!
And about 5 kms later, I was in.
My friend Dennis suggested to me today that this is the time to remind folks reading the blog and our other social media that we would welcome further donations from those who haven’t yet made a donation. I know the Alzheimer Society would appreciate your support as would Annemarie and I. So there you go Dennis, I asked!
All the scaffolding that has been on the church these past 5 years has finally been removed and the outcome is excellent!
Today I refer to Santiago as a way point. Yes the walking portion of our Camino For Alzheimer’s Awareness has completed, but we must move onwards from here to next things related to Alzheimer’s, just as those with the disease and their supporters will continue on their own difficult journey until it ends in the only way that it can. Earlier in our walk I encouraged Annemarie several times to write something about this ending and she was reluctant to go there. However after meeting with her group this past Friday she sent me this piece to add.
Now I will go out tonight and celebrate a little at my favourite tapas bar. I already stopped in briefly on my way to my hotel. I couldn’t just walk past:)
It’s been an emotional day and an emotional journey. No doubt I’ll write more tomorrow after I’ve processed for a time. I leave you today with my signature photo which I’ve taken at the end of each of my walks.