Saying Goodbye/ What Camino Means

The last day I went to the beach and I found a shell. And I actually found one for everyone that I loved in the group and gave it to them. And I promised myself that I would walk again and I would take the shell when I went. I said goodbye to everyone at…

The End Of The World

So the others would be walking for 3 days to make it to Finisterre whereas the second day in Santiago Billy and I took the bus and made the whole journey in about 2 hours. How depressing.  and the hilarious thing was the bus left and I was immediately motion sick. Makes sense considering I…

Making It To Santiago

Oh shit I guess I kind of gave away the ending of the story with a title like that… But I woke up at 7:00 (happily sleeping in because we had the shortest walk of the trip today) and I was fairly confident at yes indeed I would make it to Santiago. We were only…

The Day That Broke Me

Its kind of hilarious that the day that took us 5k away from Santiago was the day I finally broke. Okay this is a bit over dramatic.    So anyway. The deal was that we were two days from Santiago so we had to plan how those two days would look. And after my strong…

The Last Little Bit

I want to comment here that I am at this point carrying like the larger percent of my things on the outside of my bag. As you can see by the photo above every morning I strap on my hat, my mat, and my ukelele. And then fill the outside pockets with my shoes, food,…

The Crowds Arrive

Today was the day we would be walking through Sarria.  And Sarria was the place about 100k from the end where everyone starts. Like groups of scouts and families and your groups and people on church trips all start because you have to walk at least 100k to get a compostella at the end. So…

Just Keep Walking

We woke up later because Mark was like overjoyed at the prospect of walking to see the sunrise from this peak by this giant wood cross. So we walked up a totally unnecessary hill to see the sunrise in the freezing cold. But it was pretty beautiful. And for the rest of the morning we…

The Big Hill

So we take off from Villafranca and this was actually one of the coolest mornings because it was pitch black and pouring rain. And as we are walking every few minutes lightning lights up everything.  And it’s pretty scary. At one point we’re huddled in this tunnel and a big bolt of lightning goes off…

Into Galicia

Departing from Ponferadda we were counting down the days until Erin would leave us because she got caught up without time and ended up with not enough days. And this was her 2nd to last day. And I don’t remember that much about the walk but I do remember that unlike the way we usually…

Foncebadon-Ponferadda

So we got a relatively late start getting out of Astorga but that worked in our favor because tommy got annoyed and bailed on our slow pace. We decided at the last stop to do the last 6k drunk again and this time Sean joined us. What a trooper. It’s cool to have another American…

The Last Leg Begins

the Camino feels like 3 stages kind of with Burgos and Leon being the dividing marks. So after this we were looking forwards to being out of the Meseta. But it wasn’t long until disaster struck.  So we had been walking about 12k out of the city. It was already a relatively easy day and…

I’m Loving Leon

We made it to Leon!  And the walk into the city was mostly through car parks and along the road which was not the greatest but it went pretty quickly. First steps into the city we run into some really really friendly old Spanish man who was keen on giving us advice about Leon. He…