Time to stop walking, but it’s not the end of the road

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!

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Little things make us happy, like this shelve for our bags
Little things make us happy, like this shelve for our bags
Mel's photo
Mel’s photo

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Mel's photo
Mel’s photo

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Whenever I paused on the Camino, I would see something beautiful, like this rainbow on a misty morning in the mountains.
Whenever I paused on the Camino, I would see something beautiful, like this rainbow on a misty morning in the mountains.

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There are little wonders all over when we look close enough!
There are little wonders all over when we look close enough!
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8 thoughts on “Time to stop walking, but it’s not the end of the road”

  1. I liked walking with you 2 very much! I laughed a lot these 2 days and I enjoyed the stories! I didn’t want it to end yet, but sadly these are the ways of the camino. 😦 I liked coocking together and the the talk we had after the really great diner. I like your blog. You are a good storyteller. And youre photo’s are great. You havea good eye for it.

    1. Hello Alex! We enjoyed your company very much as well! Alas, your Dutch legs were too quick for us to follow. But what a great two days! Thank you for your company, the great conversations and delicious dinner. And thank you for the kind words about the blog! I truly love sharing with everyone this unique experience. Best of luck back in The Hague! X

  2. suivre son ombre jusqu’au soleil
    suivre le ruisseau qui nous tient la main
    suivre au pas et à l’œil
    suivre la couleur de demain

    Estelle et Yves

  3. À quelques heures de l’arrivée, j’imagine que le dicton qui veuille que ce soit le chemin et non la destination prend tout son sens? Merci pour ce magnifique partage, en images et en mots, en vibes aussi ; ) Les filles: you made it!!! Wow!!! Je pense à vous et ce grand moment. xxxx

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