Less than 20 km separate us from Santiago.
It’s hard to believe that tomorrow afternoon we will come face to face with the whole reason for this incredible adventure. So much effort, sometimes pain, wonderful encounters, abundantly rich natural beauty and unforgettable experiences about to culminate in the arrival at Santiago.
Tomorrow, we will one last time wake up before dawn, shower in the cold of the night, scramble to pack our backpacks in the dark, set off into the mist, early bird songs as our companions, see the red sunrise and stop to admire it, pause for a cafe con leche and tortilla to fuel us and then power on until we reach our destination. Only this time, it’s not a crowded albergue that awaits us, but a monumental cathedral sought by millions of pilgrims for hundreds of years.
I feel ready for a rest but I am not ready to stop walking. Each step today seemed to resonate with the many memories of the past 5 weeks. When Mel suggested that we walk the Camino to Santiago this winter I agreed without hesitation, embracing the challenge. One day before we stop, I realise that for me the challenge will be to stop… I really truly loved this experience.
And thank YOU for taking this long promenade with us. You have been a very faithful companion along the way.
See you in Santiago!