I’m going to keep this short.  Just wanted to let you all know that I made it to Santiago.  500 miles in 26 days (actually 25 days, 5 hours and 23 minutes, but who’s counting).  Not too shabby.

I started walking alone on an overcast, grey day so it’s only fitting that I came into Santiago alone on an overcast, grey day.

Here are the last 10 kilometers, so you can walk along.  (We’ll use kilometers because we’re in Europe and they’re shorter than miles).








3 (the herd thinned dramatically here – we’ve started to pass bus stops)



And Santiago de Compostela!!!!!

Yep, pretty much the most anticlimactic finish to a long hike ever.  First of all, the path ceases to be marked once you hit old town Santiago, then you approach the cathedral from the back, walk all the way around, only to find scaffolding.  At least I match.  Oh well, it’s a good thing I enjoy the walking rather than the finish.

I’ll post more on the compostela, the church itself and what my takeaways are some other time.  There will still be a dessert course; the decision having been made to take a train to Sevilla to check out Anadalucia and see how the Moorish influences differ from what I’ve observed up north.

July 22, 2017

A Salceda to Santiago de Compostela – 16 miles

PS – Beard or no beard?  Yes, I suck at selfies.

 And here’s what the cathedral is supposed to look like:


7 thoughts on “Santiago

  1. Congratulations!! Jen told me about your decision to go to Sevilla. Heard she also booked you at a nice B&B! Enjoy!!!!


  2. Congratulations on finishing your pilgrimage!! What a bummer that cathedral was under construction. Looking forward to hearing if the Camino was all its cracked up to be. Enjoy your break now that you’re done. Buen Camino!

  3. Beard. Definitely. Congratulations on an amazing trek! Looking forward to the dessert course…. Safe travels, Jen!

  4. Congratulations on finishing your hike! Your journal posts were so descriptive, loved reading each day. Where to next?

  5. Congrats on the finish and thanks for keeping up the blog. Look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.