I wrote a piece about yesterday when I was lying in bed last night and thought it would save when I next wandered into a wifi area for posting.
It did not. I lost it and I honestly cannot remember much about yesterday at the moment.
It was long and at 37km was one of my longest days walking, if not ‘the’ longest days walking. It felt it. My legs and ankles woke this morning with a pounding feeling running through them and the thought of doing another 30km to Finnesterre didn’t seem any more appealing with the sound of the storm blowing outside.
I got dressed and thought about staying in until light or at least until the rain subsided just a bit. Then eagerness took over and I thought, its the last day. If I get wet I get wet.
I did maybe 1km in the dark and I saw a flashlight behind me. Another brave or foolish person starting early.
Stefan from Slovakia caught me up and we got chatting straight away about football and music and it’s no lie to say before we knew it we’d covered 20km plus and could see the sea.
Then after a few coastal towns and a thunderstorm with some of the heaviest rain I’ve walked in this whole trip Finnisterre came into view and the sun came out.
We got our accomodation sorted and then got our certificates for the Camino Finisterre before having a couple of celebratory beers.
Then in between rainstorms we made the final ascent to the lighthouse overlooking the port town. This is the end of the road. The roadsign gives you 0km to go and there really is nowhere else to walk if you wanted to.
Stefan and I and a couple of other pilgrims just sat and took in the moment. It really was something special.
We went to make the 2.5km walk back to town and a Colombian guy and a Swedish girl over in Spain for a music conference asked if we needed a lift back. We’ve finished the Camino so it’s not cheating anymore…..so we accepted.
So that’s it. We will maybe go up to the top again in the morning for sunrise if the weather is clear, but thats just for pleasure. Its not part of the Camino.
The Camino is over so this is the end.