Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The End of the Road

The End of the Road

We met a lot of great people along the way, and one of the cool things is that we would run into them every day along the path.  This is Laura, a nurse from Vancouver, Washington.  We met leaving Melide, and bumped into each other again on the trail out of Arzua.

There were more people along the trail in the later days too.  Part of this group are Elon and Sara from Australia, our fellow Jews on the trail.  We all sang Hava Negila together as were were walking along, and it was pretty funny.

Just liked this photo!

Of course, not all of the hikers are human.  We all had to pull aside at this cafe to let this crew pass

After the hottest day, we were so glad to reach our stop in Rua, where the inn had
a swimming pool.  The water was freezing and fantastic.  Here we are, ready to embark on our sixth and final day of hiking

Once again, the path led through beautiful forests, farmland, rolling (and not so rolling) hills, and finally into the city of Santiago de Compostela.

Little did we know that that last part through the city would seem to take forever, and others we met commented on the same thing.  But we made it, and soon arrived at our final stopping point, the square in front of the cathedral.  A welcome and amazing sight.

Standing in the center of the plaza, with tourists and fellow peregrinos, gazing at the historic cathedral.  People have been walking here since the 11th century, and we've now joined the ranks.  Way to go Family!!

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