|We made it!|
Last night in Arca we gathered with some Spanish friends and held a sort of farewell dinner. Our cook, James, made a nice pasta sauce, and served it over spaghetti. Wine was the other course. It was close to 9:45 when dinner broke up ( the wine ran out), and we all ambled off to our bunks. We had agreed to leave around 7:00 to ensure we could cover the 20 kms to Santiago, and be there for the noon pilgrim mass. The albergue was pretty crowded (about 24 pilgrims) for this time of year. Somehow we all got up early and got out the door about 6:45. It was still raining, but was more showery than steady rain. On went the ponchos and off we went out of town to pick up the Camino route. This first section of today's walk leads through a forest that is not that well marked to begin with. I should have remembered that from our last Camino. We picked up the route as it entered the forest, but it almost immediately came to a fork. The left side looked the most promising, but after a bit of probing we could not locate any markers to confirm our hunch. It was also very dark, wet and muddy. We regrouped and decided to backtrack to the main road and walk that to the next village, and rejoin the Camino there. So, that was how it played out. We walked the road, for a bit, avoided most of the boggy mud, and eventually found ourselves climbing up on good, reasonably dry path. As this was our last leg, and we wanted to be sure to make the noon mass, we stepped on the gas a bit. We walked into the old city, through the Plaza Cervantes, down the north side of the cathedral, and into Plaza Obradoiro, to the front of the cathedral, at about 11:15.
|Gracias a Dios|
We offered our thanks, and prayers, and then moved off to the Pilgrim Office to get our Compostellas (certificate of completion). So with Compostellas now in hand, we headed to the cathedral for mass with 15 minutes to spare. We are now tucked into our new albergue, the Hotel Carris Casa de La Troya. This a small hotel just a few steps from the Plaza Cervantes. No plans other than to sleep. Tuesday we are off to Finisterre, and then Muxia. We then are considering walking the Camino Ingles (5 days Ferrol to Santiago). We will update our blog as WiFi becomes available after Santiago.
A very special thank you to everyone who has followed this Camino on our blog, offered encouragement or simply left a comment or two. All those seemingly small things become very important especially on those days when you think you are mad to be doing this. We shall press on, and keep posting. Ultreia!
|A special thank you to Rebekah Scott, your boots made it!|
|Our "albergue" in Santiago|