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Brian "Gadget" Lewis
Begins: Sep 14, 2017
Date: Fri, Oct 13th, 2017
Daily Distance: 19
Trip Distance: 461.1
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Finisterre, and Finished
Another good day off yesterday, doing not all that much. We walked out of the church and lighthouse at the end of the peninsula, had a nice meal out (king prawns for me and shellfish soup - - - yum!), walked on the beach a bit more, very relaxing.
Today was our last hiking day of the trip, got hiking right at 8 am, finished right about 2 pm. We stopped for groceries just before our Albergue as the grocery stores close for 2 hours from 2:30 to 4:30 every afternoon.
At the Albergue we found that while we could pay 12 euros each for a bunk bed in the Albergue, for 35 Euros we could get a private room with our own bathroom. That sounded good, so I talked Milky into it and so no more Albergues for us this trip - - - we have inexpensive private room accommodations in Santiago too.
The day started out not all that cold, but pretty humid, and stayed humid for most of our hike today. From Muxia one has a fair climb to do, but not a problem for us at this point. Overall the hiking west of Santiago to the ocean is definitely better than most parts of the Portuguese Camino, if you don't mind some hills to climb. We passed folks cutting trees and manipulating already cut trees, and then an active sawmill rending those trees into lumber.
We also passed a lot of pilgrims going the other way; we think that more people hike from Finisterre to Muxia than vice versa, as in fact we did when we hiked this part two years ago.
I think this will be my last entry in this journal, as there's not much more to say. We'll walk around Finisterre some this afternoon and tomorrow, then mid-day tomorrow we'll bus back to Santiago, where we'll have about three days to knock around like more conventional tourists until it's time for us to fly out of here, Milky to London and via train from there to near home, me to Madrid, to take two longer flights from there the next day to get to my home.
It's been a great trip! While the constant sunshine is a little bad for Spain, mild drought conditions, it's been wonderful for us to have a truly rain-free trip.
Gadget's Trail Journal
The Camino de Santiago is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat, for their spiritual growth.
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