I applied Vaseline to my feet for the last time at 5:45 this morning. The last time as a pilgrim at least, and definitely the last time this early in the morning.
The others are still getting ready as I’m sat here waiting to go. Not that I want to go knowing it’s our last day, but go we must. Although we’re up early, I suspect we’ll walk slowly and take quite a few breaks to make our time together seem longer. Everyone is ready, so off we go.
We stopped for breakfast within half an hour and what a breakfast it was. For the first time on the Camino I had 2 eggs, bacon, two slices of toast, one with cheese and the other with ham, washed down with fresh orange juice and cafe con leche.
We were off quickly though as we had 27km to do and wanted to beat the crowds as much as possible. We had a full moon in front of us and a sunrise behind.
The day went quickly even though we stopped for drinks at 11. Beer of course, together with our rations of biscuits and chocolate. We also stopped for lunch around 12:30 ish, which left us just 5.5km to get to Santiago.
We left at it was about to rain and with all my rain gear on, I almost missed the monument at Monte do Gozo. Fortunately though, my friends stopped me from going down the hill. From there you can see the spires of the cathedral.
The monument is modern and in my opinion looks out of place in its surroundings.
Just 4.5km to go and we were soon booking into our accommodation, a 6 bed house. Yes a whole house just for us – what total luxury.
Then it was time to go to the cathedral, a mere 1km away. As we approached the cathedral square, I had a few tears running down my face, but not as many as I had expected. It was a joyous moment I will savour for the rest of my life.
As I type, we’re queing up to get our Compostela certificate. We’re inside the building and we’ve been told that the wait is still around 2 hours.
I’ll take a photo of it later, but for now please enjoy my last map of our walk and photos from today.