Camino Stage 34: O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela

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And the last day dawned. I was driven  back to the Camino and was on the road before 8:30am eager to reach Santiago. But, again as yesterday, there were mixed feelings. I spoke with two separate acquaintances along the way as we left O Pedrouzo that morning and they had the same thoughts – happy to be finishing and going on to see family perhaps, but at the same time a feeling of sadness that the Camino experience was ending. I felt exactly the same.

But an easy walking day and a day to be cheerful. Most of the morning walk was through the now familiar forest pathways.

And 3 or 4 hours in and after a break, I reached the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela

The Camino at this point goes over a hill (Monte de Gozo or Hill of Joy) from which you get you first real view down over the city. I made sure I lingered there for half an hour or so, savouring the moment I guess, before heading the last 5km down into my destination – the end of the Camino Frances in the plaza outside the cathedral.

I actually didn’t make it to my hotel without being called over by the two French couples I knew. They insisted that I have one beer with them to celebrate reaching Santiago – my pleas that I hadn’t found my hotel and was desperate for a shower came to no avail (but I enjoyed that beer!).

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And that night a final celebratory meal with Denis and his family and Angela (my fellow Raw Travel-ers) organised by Mandy and Megan who had gotten there a day or so earlier. A nice way to end the journey.

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One response to “Camino Stage 34: O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela

  1. Unfortunately, I’m the older grey haired guy – sorry. I didn’t bother shaving when I was leaving early each morning to just keep walking 25-30km. I’ve had beards off and on over the years, but normally not, and not at the moment.

    The couple are a Brazilian pair that I kept meeting up with on the trip – usually just on the track as we were on nearly the same schedule. We became friendly – they took my photo just outside our final destination on the last day, and I took theirs. Cheers, Jeff

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