CAMINO DAY THIRTY EIGHT
Vilamajor to Santiago 10 km
6-8.30 am Tuesday
TODAY WE FINISHED THE CAMINO
We arose at 5.30 am and set off, with our headlamps and ponchos on, to walk the last part of the Camino de Santiago.
This was only one of three wet mornings over our entire journey and it was continuously and steadily raining as we left. However, we were so excited, we almost skipped our way to the end. Carrying our packs (I was determined to carry mine in today and did really well despite the sciatica that has never left me) and looking like hunchbacks, nothing could dampen our exuberant spirits.
After a total of more than 800km, we walked into the main square of Santiago around 8.30am, made a quick video, went to the Pilgrim’s office and lined up for almost 2 hours to get our certificates (Compostella written in latin and distance certificate) got into our accommodation early and then went to the Pilgrim’s mass at 12. It was really special to share communion with others we had walked with and to sit and reflect – knowing God has brought us through. The Cathedral was crowded with more than 1000 people.
“Praise the Lord; praise God our Saviourr! For each day he carries us in his arms.”
Psalms 68:19 NLT
This has been our experience. We have been carried in the arms of Jesus every step of the way. We have been conscious of a third person walking with us through every experience. We have given God thanks time and time again.
This was sent to us by a dear friend…
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S.Elliot
We have found we are able to do far more than we ever thought. Bodies are more capable and spirits more courageous. We are stronger and more equipped for whatever lies ahead.
Before heading home, tomorrow we head to Finisterre …the ancient ‘end of the Earth”. We will take the bus and only go for the day. It will be here our Camino truly ends. Although some say the end of the Camino is where it truly begins.
Thank you for all your support.
Karen and Mark