Day 32. 6.3 miles. 3 hours.
This is the last time I pack my bag with the intention of walking and nothing else. Everything on my back is all I have needed for the last month. Putting on my shoes for the last time seems to be especially difficult today. I’ve certainly had my ups and downs with the shoes but I just can’t seem to get them right today! The insoles and the laces… I’m not being weird on my last day at all. This has nothing to do with my journey coming to an end. It’s the shoes! Also there’s just something in my eye, I’ll get it out!
On the road! We set out for the last part of my journey to Santiago. Not a lot to see but we are taking our time. I’m anxious to get there but still trying to enjoy the walk. We arrive at the alto of our path today with a giant sculpture followed by a lovely manicured path and more amazing sculptures. We pass the albergue that up to 400 pilgrims stayed in last night, it looks sort of like a minimum security prison, super happy with our choice for the night. We start seeing signs of city
There’s Santiago! It’s going to take a bit to get to the cathedral and I’m putting one foot in front of the other but it feels really weird. How am I almost done with my walk? Do I want to be done? Am I ready to be done? Keep walking!
We wind through the streets and keep getting closer, I spot some familiar faces and turn a corner and all of a sudden there I am in Praza do Obradoiro! The cathedral is under renovation but is no less a beautiful sight to be seen by these very weary eyes. I’m overwhelmed. I know it for sure. I can’t believe I did this shit! I set a really weird goal to walk across Spain to Santiago and I did it. Not exactly the way I originally planned, but I got there!
I went through the worst physical pain I’ve ever experienced. Worked through some pretty challenging emotional pains. Sometimes those went hand in hand.
Doubted myself. Coached myself. Surprised myself. Learned a lot about myself.
I’m sure the real lessons from this journey will appear long after I return home. I know whatever these lessons are, they will be great and I hope I am a good pupil and listen carefully!
Here’s some stats!…
437 miles traveled
314 miles by foot
123 miles by bus
32 days traveled
27 days walked
5 days rested
Most miles in one day=16.1
Biggest elevation gain in one day=2300 feet.
Walked in temperatures ranging from 32 to 82 F.
Hardest thing I’ve ever done? Yes!
Best thing I’ve ever done? Yes!
Thanks to everyone who has followed along and cheered me on! Your support kept me going, you may have no idea how much it meant, but I read every single word and every word was gold!
Now get up and go do something you think is ridiculous!