We Are Closing in on Santiago

Sarria, 115 kilometers from Santiago, is a popular spot for starting the Camino because peregrinos can earn their compostela for walking the last hundred kilometers of the Way. We have seen foot traffic increase to four times as much as before; prices for food and lodging have also increased.

Metal sculptures, as we were leaving Sarria

We look with interest and compassion at the folks with brand-new backpacks and shoes and remember how, just one month ago, we were neophytes starting our journey. Wow! How far we have come since then!

The sights along the Way are just magical. Judi has a knack for capturing the most interesting scenes.

Volunteers set up a table of snacks for the peregrinos. You pay what you want: “donativo.”

A corn crib, to keep out the damp and the rodents

Tonight we have stopped in Palas de Rei, a small city 68 kilometers (42 miles) from Santiago. The weather has been changeable: from chilly and overcast to sunny, bright, and warm, but with a brisk, refreshing wind. Tomorrow we have a 15.9 mile walk to do for stage 31 (out of 33). We will enter Santiago either the 21st or 22nd of October…and finally we fly home on the 25th.

9 thoughts on “We Are Closing in on Santiago”

  1. You are on the two sellos a day portion of the journey! Woohoo! The Pilgrim’s Reception Office of the Cathedral of Santiago website reported that today (Thursday the 18th), 1101 pilgrims arrived in Santiago. In a short time, the two of you will join other pilgrims to get your Compostela. I am in awe of the two of you.

  2. Commendable! Great job!!!
    Red Sox one win away from WS. 33 here at 9:10 pm. BC 6 an 2 in football, Yippe. Everything lookin good……

  3. Way to go ladies!! Just a couple more days. You have accomplished so much already! Enjoy the final stretch of your pilgrimage. Thanks always for the beautiful images and descriptions of the journey.

  4. I have really enjoyed following your journey! Wonderful stories, reflections, meeting others on the journey, and seeing the beautiful images you have posted. I can’t wait to hear more when you return and continue to reflect on this time you have had. Be safe and see you in the US soon!

  5. Looking fine. Only a short way left. Enjoy “The thrill of victory and the agony of de feet”. I am so happy for you both.

  6. Hi Judi & Barb,

    As you near the finish of your long journey, congratulations are in order. No walk will ever be long for you again.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. Your description of the places you traveled was great and your photos were beautiful. It allowed us to travel along with you.

    Enjoy your final days in Spain. Your physical journey will be over but your memories will always keep the journey alive. Your ending in Spain will be bitter sweet but coming home is always a wonderful journey. Safe home as my Irish friends always say.

    Your friend,

  7. Hi Barb and Judi,
    You are cruising to the end of n amazing journey! It has been so fun and interesting to see and read about your travels. Thank you for taking the time to share, and I can’t wait to hear you are home! Hugs! Ginny

  8. I simply can’t believe that next week at this time you’ll be home and well rested!! I am really so very impressed. Just today I was walking a short (2.5 mile) walk w Juliette and she was riding her unicycle. There was a fairly sunny stretch and we both tired out and I had to push her unicycle while she dragged behind…I tried to stay strong in the heat of the sun, picturing you two hiking like 15 miles in the Messita (? Spelling)
    You two are super cool!!!! I love you both!!!

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